Jobs at eBird

Team eBird is based out of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. We are a passionate team that includes bird-heads, application developers, user interface and design experts, and database gurus who are committed to building tools to deliver high quality data that can be used for science and conservation. We work collaboratively with many other teams at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology including the Macaulay Library, Bird Populations Studies, Conservation, Education, and Communications and positions from those groups that are most directly related to eBird are also included here.

Please see below for the current jobs that are available with eBird (and sometimes with other related projects).

See additional job openings at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Current Job Postings


Software Engineer
Applications Programmer III – Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a motivated Software Engineer to lead efforts to manage millions of images, sounds, and videos in a scientific archive, the Macaulay Library. An active community of citizen scientists gather media with metadata (such as date and location) that are uploaded through online applications (including eBird), stored, and accessible for display on applications, and requested by researchers and educators. Specific duties include:

  • Develop the software to support pipelines for media delivery and long-term, archival storage.
  • Collaborate with world-class experts and development teams on challenging data-intensive projects that will advance science and conservation.
  • Develop, deploy, and maintain data management, media automation systems, and tools that facilitate the use of media for science, education, and conservation.
  • Review and improve workflows for processing and managing media and metadata.
  • Design, implement, and test software and server systems to: preserve, structure, and synchronize media metadata; allow users to find, play, preview, download, and license recordings; equip staff and contributors with tools to manage media and metadata; and automate media and metadata management.

One-year term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field, and 3-5 years programming experience or equivalent.
  • Two year experience designing, building, and testing web applications.
  • Proficiency using Java/Spring, Ruby/Rails, Javascript, or similar frameworks.
  • One year experience writing SQL.
  • Experience integrating multiple systems, and building/consuming APIs.
  • Experience using software development tools such as git, jenkins, and jira.
  • Experience with linux server administration.
  • Experience collaborating with a team of engineers, designers, project managers, and stakeholders, to solve problems and achieve common goals.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
  • Able to express highly technical terms in everyday language.
  • Able to participate in a team rotation for off-hours monitoring.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Spring, Oracle, Solr, ELK, Docker.
  • Knowledge of birds, conservation, and natural science.

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.


Associate Editor
Editor II – Band E
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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The following position is available in the Communications Program at the Lab of Ornithology. The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking an Associate Editor.  Duties include:

  • Serve on the masthead of the Cornell Lab’s Living Bird, an award-winning magazine with a circulation above 55,000 that is one of the world’s top outlets for science journalism related to birds.
  • Play a role in editorial content development for the AllAboutBirds website, where Living Bird and other Cornell Lab content is published online and available for more than 16 million web readers annually from around the world, and the development of editorial content for other Cornell Lab communications channels and projects.
  • Provide copyediting and production management for editorial content (both text and visuals) in a variety of styles for print, web, and multimedia productions.
  • Serve as a member and collaborator on an 8-person editorial team at the Cornell Lab that works together to publish timely, relevant and engaging content about birds and biodiversity for the organization’s membership and for the general public.
  • Work under the direction of the Editorial Director, both independently on editorial duties and collaboratively with team members and outside experts, to move content forward through the various stages of production to final publication.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with some knowledge of birds.
  • 1-2 years of experience or equivalent.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in editing and writing articles for the general public.
  • Must be able to write and edit accurate, engaging, and accessible articles.
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work in a team environment is essential.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Demonstrates ability to express thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment where cooperation between colleagues and flexibility to different styles and approaches is required.
  • Must be able to satisfy one’s external and internal customers and balance conflicting priorities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in journalism and publishing articles for the general public on the web is helpful, as is experience in multimedia presentation and production, and website content management.
  • Understanding of new communication technologies and their application to journalism is useful.
  • Experience with content management systems desirable.

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

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.