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Young Professionals Advisory Council

Houston Audubon is accepting applications for its 2020 Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) through November 29, 2019. The goal of the YPAC is to engage the next generation of conservationists and to build awareness of Houston Audubon’s mission among young professionals. YPAC members have the chance to make a significant impact in the world of bird conservation and play an important role in enhancing wildlife habitat.

The inaugural Young Professionals Advisory Council kicked off in 2019 during Houston Audubon’s 50th anniversary year with 17 dedicated members. This group of passionate young conservationists launched the first ever Houston Bird Week and successfully ran a contest to determine the official Bird of Houston – the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

About Houston Audubon

Houston Audubon, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit charitable conservation organization committed to enhancing life on the Upper Texas Coast for birds and people.  It is dedicated to advancing the conservation of birds and positively impacting their environments through habitat conservation, environmental education, and conservation advocacy. Houston Audubon owns and manages 17 sanctuaries in five counties totaling 3,477 acres. It delivers hundreds of nature-based program experiences for children and adults every year.


The time commitment for this membership is 12 months, consisting of 6 bi-monthly meetings and any additional socials or desired volunteer time with Houston Audubon.

The ideal candidate is:

  • 25-35 years old and active in the professional and/or academic community
  • A strong leader eager to make an impact in the world of conservation
  • Committed to volunteering their time, abilities and energy to support Houston Audubon
  • Energetic and productive

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meeting attendance mandatory
  • Provide time and talent to Houston Audubon in an advisory role
  • Assist Houston Audubon in its efforts to strengthen its recruitment and retention of young professional supporters by engaging the next generation of conservationists
  • Collaborate with other YPAC members to complete a conservation project aligned with Houston Audubon’s goals
  • Serve as an enthusiastic advocate for Houston Audubon and network on behalf of the organization
  • Current Houston Audubon membership required ($30/individual/year)


  • The opportunity to collaborate and socialize with like-minded young professionals
  • Build leadership skills and personal development 
  • The chance to give back to your community and make a positive impact on the natural environment 
  • The fulfillment of completing a team conservation project with other YPAC members


2020 Meeting Dates *

  • January – kick-off social date TBD
  • February 6
  • April 2
  • June 4
  • August 6
  • October 1
  • December 3
  • Optional socials to be scheduled

* Meetings will take place the first Thursday of every other month at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary at 4:30 PM.


To apply for this volunteer role, please complete the online application or submit the following documents to Anna Vallery and Zineera Seth at by November 29, 2019.

  • Letter of recommendation

    Can be submitted with application or emailed by referrer

2019 Roster

Click on the member's name or photo for their bio.