Job Opportunities

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers many opportunities for students, professionals, and volunteers.

Cornell provides great benefits that include professional development, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break) and superior retirement contributions.

Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. Learn more (PDF).

Job Openings at the Cornell Lab

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where twelve world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

To apply for the positions below, please refer to the Jobs at Cornell website unless otherwise specified. For more information on the positions listed below, please contact Sue Taggart; (607) 254-2470.

For more jobs in ornithology, see listings from the Ornithological Societies of North America.

eBird Project Coordinator

The Information Science Program is currently seeking an eBird Project Coordinator. Specific duties include:

  • Collaborate with diverse eBird team of project staff, application developers, designers, and scientists to lead and grow the global eBird project.
  • Coordinate global community engagement and outreach; increase participation, focusing on improving data volume and quality.
  • Develop, manage, and maintain a global network of hundreds of volunteers across a broad spectrum of eBird activities from outreach and engagement with a particular focus of on eBird’s network of more than 1500 international data quality reviewers.
  • Build the international collaborations and partnerships required to make the project a global success.
  • Serve as non-technical lead for testing application development working with global user community to projects work across wide variety of web and mobile platforms across many languages.
  • Create data products that deliver eBird data in useful ways to thousands of researchers and conservation practitioners, as well as monitoring overall data use.
  • Assist academic team members and PI’s with publishing key findings in popular literature and peer-reviewed literature.
  • Develop the political skills to negotiate with international partners.
  • Assist with preparation and submission of proposals to secure additional program funding.
  • Seek out and develop program funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate with Cornell students and outside contractors to meet goals and objectives for eBird.

This position requires extensive international and domestic travel to cultivate and develop international partnerships.

Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

This position is based in Ithaca, New York.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; more than 2 years’ experience or equivalent.
  • Deep understanding of birds and bird distribution.
  • Proven skills in project management and coordination are essential, along with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with the Internet and content management systems is critical, along with a strong interest in using the Web as a tool to conduct research, engage and educate the public.
  • Mastery of common computer skills including word, email, and excel.
  • Prior knowledge of social media outlets.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively to all levels of management, staff, new partners, funding agencies, eBird users, and visitors are critical.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally. 
  • Candidate will value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between all employees and partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of the project and fulfill project objectives with very minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize activities and multitask is essential.
  • Ability to travel internationally when necessary; must obtain and maintain valid passport.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese.
  • Experience with GIS software.
  • At least two years’ experience using eBird and eBird Review tools strongly preferred.
  • Experience with WordPress, SQL helpful.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Applications Developer

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a motivated and creative Applications Developer to join our team in creating interactive websites to improve the understanding and protection of birds and nature. Duties include:

  • Work with our team of designers, educators, and scientists to develop websites and interactive online tools for engaging the public in science and supporting conservation. More than 16 million people each year visit our Webby-award-winning site, AllAboutBirds.org, and 1.2 million people view our live Bird Cams.
  • Help advance new tools for understanding and exploring information about birds, including a new project to enable the public to collaborate with scientists in research investigations using live and archived cam footage.
  • Work with the Bird Cams team to conceptualize, research, develop, launch, and update interactive tools by adapting and building upon existing software when possible. Components include login systems and the ability to track user activity; developing functionalities for users to annotate live and archived video data; and offering data visualization and exploration tools.
  • Collaborate with database manager to ensure seamless collection, archiving, and access to data.
  • Work with the designer to implement/update designs in WordPress sites.
  • Perform quality assurance based on existing procedures or project requirements.
  • Ensure cross-browser compatibility and mobile optimization for all projects.
  • Develop and implement DevOps scripts and procedures to increase deployment efficiency and consistency between server environments.
  • Create and maintain a consistent business layer standard so various Lab applications can share data and communicate with each other.
  • Experiment with hybrid app development.
  • Evaluate and recommend new technologies and techniques.
Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years relevant education or equivalent experience.
  • A thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and web applications is essential, as well as experience with the complete software development lifecycle.
  • Demonstrable experience in the following areas: 1) web application development using Asp.net, C#, Ruby, php, and other languages and frameworks; 2) interactive client-side website development – JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, HTML5/CSS; bootstrap or other responsive front-end frameworks, browser compatibility issues; 3) database-driven application development - MSSQL; object-relational mapping tools.
  • Good interpersonal skills and diplomacy required with a variety of domain experts, as well as the ability to help establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently, and be equally capable of working with the supervisor to prioritize projects and to regularly communicate status and progress.
  • Ability to customize and maintain content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal, and experience in syndicating content to other websites with XML/APIs, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in computer or information science.
  • Previous experience with content management systems and fundraising platforms such as Engaging Networks.
  • Experience in fundraising, advocacy, or marketing is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is a plus.
  • Experience with Java, Oracle SQL, RESTful API, Ruby on Rails.
  • Prior experience working on computer software and collaborating with a team of programmers on software projects.
  • Proven experience writing application requirements, architecting applications, and documenting code.
  • Experience working as part of a team.
  • Experience with search engine optimization, website analytics, and optimizing content for mobile devices.
  • Passion for conservation, nature, wildlife, and non-profit mission is desirable.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply. Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Bartels Science Illustration Program

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers two paid illustration positions to early-career artists through the Bartels Science Illustration Program each year. The first appointment occurs from July through mid-January, and the second from January through mid-June. Applications are due the first Monday in April for both positions.

Each participant works on projects illustrating birds, wildlife, and/or plants related to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s print publications, outreach materials, and websites. These projects often result in publication of the illustrator's work. The goal of the program is to offer participants the opportunity to gain experience and refine skills by engaging in a stimulating production environment. Bartels Science Illustrators become immersed in the Cornell Lab’s conservation culture as it relates to art and illustration in the context of ornithology. Participants will have access to the many resources at the Cornell Lab and Cornell University, including entry to the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates to study prepared specimens; daily contact with world-renowned scientists and researchers; access to the university’s extensive library system; and the opportunity to study original art by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, George M. Sutton, Andrew Goldsworthy, Charley Harper, Maya Lin, Jane Kim, James Prosek, and others.

For more information please visit the Bartels Science Illustration Program website. You may also contact Diane Tessaglia-Hymes, design director, by email at dianeth@cornell.edu.

Bird Academy Course Developer

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Bird Academy Course Developer. Specific duties include:

  • Play a key role in the Lab’s mission to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds by developing engaging content for online courses, quizzes, and interactive content.
  • Use expertise in education and instructional design skills to foster public engagement and outreach through the Bird Academy project at academy.allaboutbirds.org.
  • Provide authoritative and accessible information about birds to the public by working with content experts to develop courses and content for the Bird Academy educational platform.
  • Incorporate knowledge of effective teaching strategies into online content.
  • Deliver clearly written material and high-quality multimedia to support the learning goals of each product.
  • Use project management skills to meet production schedule.

Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, communication, education, or related field or other formal training of 4 years.
  • Strong background in instructional design, curriculum development, science outreach, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with teaching, natural history interpretation, or in science communication.
  • Ability to meet deadlines is essential.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and media manipulation (photos, audio, video).
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment where cooperation between colleagues and flexibility to different styles and approaches is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing web-based courses.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud products for manipulating media assets.
  • Experience in providing scientific content to the general public on the Web is helpful, as is experience in multimedia production (photography, videography, and basic photo and video editing).
  • Some experience with bird identification.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Collections Development Manager

The Macaulay Library archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Collections Development Manager. Specific duties include:

  • Strategically grow the archive, increase rates of data collection and improve data quality.
  • Lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with staff and other Lab programs, particularly Information Science & Technology, as well as outside partners.
  • Work with program manager and Macaulay Library leadership to set overall strategies that align with the archive's mission and the Lab's strategic priorities.
  • In collaboration with Macaulay Library leadership, develop goals and priorities for collections development that will ensure the expansion of the archive to better serve clients.
  • Build strategic partnerships with institutions and individuals
  • Provide guidance and contribute to the development of online tools and other mechanisms/strategies to facilitate acquisition of media specimens and data from contributors
  • Expand training efforts to become state-of-the-art and global in scope
  • Sustain a fleet of professional audiovisual field recording equipment for use in the field
  • Organize and conduct training workshops in collaboration with other Lab programs (particularly eBird and Bioacoustics Research Program) and partners.

Basic functions and responsibilities include the following:

  • Collections development and strategic partnerships development: In collaboration with program manager, collections management leader, and other Lab staff, define strategic plans and projects to increase the rate of media submission and data quality.
  • Facilitate communication, coordination and high-level collaboration with research groups, institutions, biological collections and media archives around the world, particularly with respect to development of biodiversity audiovisual collections.
  • Outreach, training activities, and research facilitation: Design, implement, and conduct audiovisual field recording, media editing, data management, and recording analysis training programs and related educational resources.
  • Fundraising: Initiate and/or substantially contribute to the identification, preparation and securing of grant proposals and other fundraising efforts in support of the Macaulay Library. This may include recruitment of corporate and institutional partnerships, in addition to foundations or government funding.
  • Project management: Provide day-to-day functional leadership by overseeing projects and managing workflows, including setting priorities, coordinating individual and group activities and managing activities to meet project deadlines. Facilitate communication within and across teams to ensure that project goals/deadlines are met.

Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. Based in Ithaca, New York.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences, museum studies, information sciences or other relevant field.
  • Less than 5 years of experience with a combination of: using/curating biological research collections, using audiovisual media for scholarly activities, large-scale digital asset management initiatives, and/or biodiversity informatics data management projects and initiatives.
  • Advanced identification skills and experience with birds.
  • Advanced sound and video recording, and/or photography experience.
  • Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated record of success in large-scale project leadership and management.
  • Experience with audiovisual media recording technology, manipulation and archival practices, with emphasis on birds and natural history.
  • Experience using audiovisual media collections for research, formal and informal science education, and/or public outreach.
  • Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver’s license.
  • Must be able to think critically and make a positive contribution to the mission of the Macaulay Library and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in biology or related field with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of obtaining extramural funding.
  • Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students.
  • Advanced knowledge and multiple years of experience using eBird.
  • Fluency in Spanish highly preferred.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Communications Coordinator

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Communications Coordinator. Specific duties include:

Collaborate with the Macaulay Library, Merlin, and eBird project teams to develop and implement a comprehensive international communications strategy focused on community support, education, increasing participation, and improving data quality. This effort will include: 1) providing community support through direct communication and help centers; 2) developing and implementing a communications strategy for sourcing media contributions from the community; 3) developing and implementing a social media strategy for the Macaulay Library; 4) defining a strategy for engaging the community in improving data quality through annotation, vetting, and other systems; and 5) collaborating with other Cornell Lab programs to develop and deliver educational and training materials. Collaborate with staff from across the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity.

Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. This position is based in Ithaca, NY.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or other formal training program of 4 years or equivalent; less than 3 year experience or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with birds, birding, the Macaulay Library, and eBird.
  • Proven skills in managing online communications are essential.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with the Internet and content management systems is critical, along with a strong interest in using the Web as a tool to conduct research, engage and educate the public.
  • Past experience writing and editing bird-related content.
  • Mastery of common computer skills including Word, email, and Excel.
  • Prior experience using social media outlets.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans and collaborate effectively with all levels of management, staff, new partners, funding agencies, eBird users, and visitors.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally.
  • Candidate will value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between all employees and partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Ability to provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of the project and fulfill project objectives with very minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize activities and multitask is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese highly preferred.
  • At least two years’ experience using Macaulay Library, Merlin, and eBird tools.
  • Experience with science-based communications.
  • Experience with managing multiple social media accounts for a project.
  • Experience with WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite (e.g. Photoshop, Audition) is helpful.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Data Coordinator

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Data Coordinator for their Development Office.  Specific duties include:

  • Work with the Raiser’s Edge database to coordinate data imports and exports, and generate lists for acknowledgements and premiums, renewal notices, publication mailings, and other Lab efforts.
  • Serve as backup to Database Manager when unavailable, to assist with evaluation and monitoring performance and data quality.
  • Create and edit queries and reports.
  • Provide support and guidance to teammates on resolution and completion of complex tasks.
  • Assist with the development of new operating processes and procedures, as well as the development of department administrative guidelines and Office Manual.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of training procedures and documentation.
  • Maintain database support tables with accurate information including but not limited to Fund table (with proper associated account numbers), Benefit table, and other support tables in the future designated by Database Manager. 
  • Service the Lab of Ornithology’s membership base through efficient and accurate processing financial transactions, and updating of constituent and membership info.
 

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

   

Required Qualifications:  

  • Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 6 months to 1 year; more than 2 and less than 4 years’ experience.
  • 1-2 years data entry experience.
  • In depth understanding of database work, including queries, and reporting.
  • Experience or proven ability to learn new database systems. 
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
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  • Must demonstrate the ability to audit and troubleshoot the work of others.
  • Must be detail oriented, flexible and be able to work well with co-workers and colleagues throughout the university and in the community.
  • Understanding of data import, export, batching and validation processes is essential.
  • Proven accuracy with high volume processing of credit card, check, and cash transactions.
  • Demonstrable experience in data quality; accountable for accuracy of the data and efficiency of its processes.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple objectives to assist meeting unit goals.
  • Must be able to meet established deadlines.
  • Capable of working with supervisor to prioritize projects.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must be able to work, at an advanced level, with desktop applications, databases, networked informational systems and the Internet.
  • Thorough understanding of Word and Excel applications.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Track record of successfully providing exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and foster good relationships with members of the Lab.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and effective communications skills (written and verbal) and the ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external constituencies.
  • Must be able to learn and understand new processes and procedures quickly. 
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Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or B.A. in business administration or similar field. 
  • Good command of, or ability to learn quickly, multiple database systems including Engaging Networks, Litle, Volusion, Hubspot and MailChimp and methods of moving data between databases.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office software including Excel, Access and Word.
  • Experience with SmartSheet, PeopleSoft, Maptitude or similar programs a plus.
  • Prior experience in providing training to co-workers and staff.
 

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.  

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

 

Digital Publications Marketing Manager

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Digital Publications Marketing Manager. Specific duties include:

  • Development and administration of successful marketing/sales campaigns for the Information Science & Technology Department's (IS&T) digital publications including pricing strategies.
  • Strategize about how our services fit together from a marketing perspective and develop the best packages for prospective customers.
  • Collaborate with digital publications editors to identify and actively solicit potential customers from the academic library, federal agency and non-governmental organization markets.
  • Increase number of individual subscriptions base in the public sector and identify and develop subscription-based initiatives with marketing partners.
  • Market IS&T’s existing digital assets (such as eBird and the Macaulay Library media collection) in novel ways to provide site-specific content for potential customers, including government agencies, protected areas shareholders, and private businesses.
  • Partner with the director, assistant director, project managers and technical staff of IS&T to understand the features and intricacies of the products/services.
  • Identify potential customers/clients from the academic, not-for-profit, and public sectors, and close sales.
  • Provide regular market perception/feedback to director and assistant director of IS&T.
  • Provide customer service support for both Institutional and retail subscribers.

This is a 2-year term appointment with potential renewal.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Marketing, communication, business or related disciplines; 5-7 years equivalent work experience in an academic library, scholarly publishing, or conservation environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, and negotiation skills required.
  • Excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people is essential.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of internal and external customers.
  • Familiarity with market research techniques and experience developing/implementing product marketing strategies.
  • Successful history of closing sales.
  • Solid execution skills with proven skills in project management and coordination.
  • Able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
  • Strong working knowledge of information technologies, both hardware and software. Prior knowledge of birds and bird behavior.
  • Must be interested in and willing to “talk birding” with clients and customers.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Flexible and open to change, focused and driven.
  • Able to change direction quickly.
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Ability to work well with others while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment.
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) and not-for-profit markets strongly preferred.
  • Experience with digital publications and e-commerce preferred, and prior experience in contract negotiation helpful.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Media Editor

The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a Media Editor with expertise in video and birds to join a team that will gather and archive video from contributors across the globe.

Multimedia Editing:

  • Create short video productions focused on natural history, identification, and other topics related to the mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, optimized to increase engagement through social media and other online channels.
  • Edit short videos to showcase bird behaviors in reference collections, including the Birds of North America, Bird Academy, and All About Birds.

Collections Management:

  • Lead an effort to define and implement a workflow and protocols for archiving video material collected by the Lab’s Multimedia department and by external video contributors.

Collections Development:

  • Seek new video collections and build partnerships with the goal of acquiring videos of all the birds of the world and other taxa, thereby expanding the breadth and depth of the collection.

Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. Based in Ithaca, New York.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; less than 5 years experience with current video production technology and practices.
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere and Audition, Avid Media Composer, and/or other digital editing software.
  • Academic coursework or formal training in biology, ecology and/or environmental science. Knowledge of bird species and ability to identify birds using reference material.
  • Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
  • Able to work collaboratively to set priorities and manage projects.
  • Able to work quickly and effectively under clear timelines, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
  • Comfortable working in an environment where change in process, procedures, and priorities is the norm.
  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel to remote field locations when necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or post-graduate degree in media production.
  • Practical employment experience in digital video production, with an emphasis in science and natural history, information gathering, storytelling or reporting.
  • Practical field experience filming natural history or birds.
  • Familiarity with digital and tape based post-production workflows, including media compression.
  • Working knowledge of color correction software (such as Resolve), codecs, transcoding, and extracting embedded data.
  • Experience with narrative story editing for general audiences.
  • Advanced academic coursework in biology and environmental sciences.
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Production Coordinator

The Cornell Lab’s Multimedia Program is seeking a Production Coordinator to provide technical, logistical and project management support for all productions internal staff and freelance personnel undertake as part of the unit’s annual production slate.

Responsibilities primarily fall into three categories: 1) general production management, 2) general office support and supervision of post-production assistants, and 3) specific project assignments. While these categories are primarily directed at in-house, studio/post-production operations, the position will also be involved in project development, pre-production and field production as needed. Duties can and will range from financial and logistical support (i.e. licensing and tracking media usage, record keeping, budgeting, and coordinating equipment) to technical workflow support (i.e. logging, preparing and archiving media for post-production; basic editing, compression and preparation of media for distribution).

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; 2-3 year experience with current video production technology and practices.
  • Experience with Avid Media Composor, Davinci Reslove, the Adobe Creative Suite and/or other digital editing software.
  • Academic coursework in biology, ecology and/or environmental science.
  • Command of Microsoft Office
  • Individual must be able to follow direction, handle multiple tasks while adhering to priorities, work efficiently in a team environment, and reflect a strong commitment to meeting deadlines.
  • At times position must work a varied schedule in the office or on location, which may include nights and weekends.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain valid passport and driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate degree in media production.
  • Practical employment experience in digital video production, with an emphasis in science and natural history, information gathering, storytelling, or reporting.
  • Familiarity with digital and tape-based post-production workflows, including media compression.
  • Experience with narrative story editing for general audiences.
  • Advanced academic coursework in biology and environmental sciences.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Project Assistant-Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a motivated and engaging individual as Project Assistant for the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program. Specific duties include:

  • Support the coordination and administration of various aspects of the Coastal Solutions Fellow Program.
  • Support the financial management of the program, provide coordination of the fellow selection process, plan and organize meetings/retreats, market the program, plan and implement program activities, coordinate MOU’s with partner organizations, and facilitate collaborations and project implementation.
  • Interact with various partners and fellows, and includes occasional travel out of the country.

The position will be supervised by the Project Leader for the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, and based in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.

This is a full-time 1-year appointment, with conditional reappointment dependent on satisfactory performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Administration, Business Management or similar fields. One to two years’ of experience on project management and/or coastal conservation.
  • Must be bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish language.
  • Excellent knowledge of informatics software (Office suite).
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively to all levels of management, staff, new partners, funding agencies, postdoc fellows, and visitors are critical.
  • Takes initiative and is creative in addressing challenges.
  • Works independently but knows when to ask for assistance.
  • Prior experience with project management, budget oversight, and tracking all aspects of a complex project.
  • Must have experience managing licenses, MOU’s, and contracts with collaborators.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally.
  • Candidate will value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between all employees and partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of the project and fulfill project objectives with very minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize activities and multitask is essential.
  • Ability to travel internationally when necessary; must obtain and maintain valid passport.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree.
  • Basic database management helpful.
  • Knowledge of coastal ecosystems and/or birds is a plus.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Year Round

Kristen Rupert and John Foote Undergraduate Research Fund

Recipients of Rupert/Foote funding engage in paid semester or summer opportunities in collaboration with a Cornell Lab of Ornithology faculty or staff member. This fund is specifically designed to promote cross-disciplinary study at the University, particularly by Cornell students whose interests and majors fall outside the traditional realms of ornithological research. Examples might include a mechanical engineering major who helps design a bird recording device, an English major who writes articles for our website, a computer science major who creates an algorithm for our bird ID app, or an art major who draws images for our outreach publications. Nominations for this program are initiated by a Lab faculty or staff member. Students interested in this program should discuss it with their Lab-based mentor or supervisor or contact Myrah Bridwell at mb252@cornell.edu. Nominations are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Francis M. Peacock Scholarship

The Francis M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat provides financial aid to students studying areas in the United States that provide winter or summer habitat for our threatened or endangered native birds. Typically, the Scholarship awards $4,500 annually to one scholar. In special instances, because of two unusually qualified candidates or two candidates working on one project, the award may be divided between two candidates. College seniors or graduate students enrolled in a US-based institution are eligible to apply. The award is given by the Garden Club of America and is administered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Applications must be submitted by January 15 preceding the proposed period of study. For more information, see the proposal guidelines.

Other funding opportunities for Cornell undergraduates

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology manages a number of additional funds that support undergraduate student research, semester and summer jobs, expeditions, and activities that align with the Cornell Lab’s broad mission. The Lab currently does not have funds to support University financial aid or similar tuition scholarships to individuals, and most of these opportunities are limited to Cornell undergraduates who are in good academic standing. To initiate a conversation about these funding opportunities, students or their advisor/mentor should obtain our simple funding request form by emailing Myrah Bridwell at mb252@cornell.edu.

Summer

Research and Outreach Assistant, Bird Cams

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Cams stream live, close-up views of birds from across the hemisphere at AllAboutBirds.org/cams. Millions of people have watched these cams which have built up an avid online community of people curious about birds, ecology, and bird behavior. We are seeking a research and outreach assistant to join our team this summer. Examples of outreach duties include watching cam footage and selecting, formatting and interpreting multimedia to share with viewers on the website or in social media; responding to viewer questions by email, social media, and online forums; and generating FAQs. Examples of research activities include watching and annotating footage for scientific studies, assisting with data summaries or analysis, and researching the primary literature to inform new studies.

Special Requirements: Strong interest in birds and general knowledge of animal behavior. Excellent skills in communicating science concepts to the general public and/or conducting scientific research through exploration of the primary literature and processing and summarizing data. Must be a Cornell student.

Work Schedule: 20 hours per week June–August 2018. Hours and dates of employment are flexible.

Wage: $12.00

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Charles Eldermire, cre9@cornell.edu.

Summer Student Assistant

All About Birds is an award-winning website by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with 12 million visitors each year. Join the All About Birds team to assist with creating and managing website content. The assistant will create photo and video galleries for North American bird species and write captions for each asset to help users with bird identification. Duties also include researching life history features of North American birds and writing descriptions of life history features. Additional duties as assigned may include editing content, creating and monitoring Facebook and Instagram posts, working with staff at Macaulay Library to create additional photo galleries, cropping images, and entering data into the Lab's content management system. Applicant should have strong identification skills for North American bird species. Must be detailed oriented and able to work independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with Photoshop a plus. Must be a Cornell student. Dates of employment: June–August 2018, 30–40 hours a week, but hours and dates of employment are flexible. Pay: $12/hour. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Kathi Borgmann, klb274@cornell.edu

Philip H. Bartels ’71 Scholars

Two Bartels Scholars are appointed annually to engage in a paid, eight-week summer opportunity. This opportunity is open to Cornell undergraduates who would conduct the proposed project during the summer in collaboration with a Cornell Lab of Ornithology faculty or staff member. Although Bartels Scholars most commonly focus on research, any Lab-related activity may be appropriate. Nominations for Bartels scholars are initiated by a Lab faculty or staff member. Students interested in this opportunity should discuss it with their Lab-based mentor or supervisor or contact Myrah Bridwell at mb252@cornell.edu. Nominations for the forthcoming summer should be submitted by March 31.

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers of all ability levels to assist with the programs and operations of the Visitor Center. If you love birds and want to be around others who share your interests, you are invited to join our new Visitor Center volunteer corps!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, housed at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, offers opportunities for visitors to connect with the Lab and learn about its mission to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity. Birders, school classes, families, and nature lovers come to the Lab to walk the trails, watch birds, view the art, use the library, and learn from exhibits, tours, guided walks, seminars, and other types of programs.

Volunteer Opportunities
• Helping with youth education programs
• Leading guided tours
• Assisting with outreach efforts
• Helping out in the Adelson Library

Requirements
• Attend initial information session
• Complete the training for a specific volunteer appointment
• Commit to at least five hours per month (specific time commitments vary by appointment)
• Must be 18 years of age or older

Benefits
• Complimentary Cornell Lab of Ornithology membership
• 10% discount in Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods store
• Program discounts
• Training and continuing education opportunities


If you are interested in volunteering at the Lab of Ornithology please contact Anne Rosenberg at baj3@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2109.

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