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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


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

See full listing and apply here

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.



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.