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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

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Collections Development Manager
Extension Support Specialist II – Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Collections Development Manager.  Specific duties include:

  • Strategically grow the ML archive, increase rates of data collection and improve data quality.
  • Lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with ML staff and other Lab programs, particularly Information Science, as well as outside partners.
  • Work with Program Manager and ML leadership to set overall strategies that align with ML’s mission and the Lab’s strategic priorities.
  • In collaboration with the ML leadership, develop goals and priorities for collections development that will ensure the expansion of the ML 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 ML’s 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; and 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 ML’s 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.

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 ML’s and the Cornell Lab’s mission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD 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.

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.

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Communications Coordinator
Extension Support Specialist I – Band E
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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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.

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.

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.

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

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The Macaulay Library 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, NY. 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.

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Digital Publications Marketing Manager
Mgr Sales Marketing – Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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

  • Development and administration of successful marketing/sales campaigns for IS&T’s 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 Information Science, 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.
  • 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.

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