Jobs at eBird

Team eBird is based out of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary in Ithaca, New York. We are a passionate team that includes birders, software engineers, user interface and design experts, data scientists, and database gurus who are committed to building tools to engage a global community to deliver high quality data for science and conservation. As a nonprofit science and conservation organization with more than 250 staff members and a vibrant department within Cornell University, we offer the resources of a world-class university and the impact of an innovative nonprofit organization supported by more than 150,000 members and donors.

These jobs below work most closely on eBird, Merlin, Birds of the World, Macaulay Library and BirdCast. View all the Cornell Lab of Ornithology openings here.

Current Job Postings

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

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This newly created position recognizes the vital importance of marketing and communications as a conservation strategy in bending the curve for birds and biodiversity. The Senior Director of Marketing & Communications will direct strategic planning and execution of integrated branding, marketing, and communications to amplify the Lab’s mission to understand and protect birds and the natural world, and to engage the public as broadly as possible in these efforts. The Senior Director will be a key figure in broadening the Lab’s audience and engaging people of diverse cultures and lifestyles, helping to develop a product ecosystem and integrated business plans.

IT Project Manager

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Oversee complex software projects from start to finish, providing direction, guidance, and motivation to Agile teams of software engineers and project staff, managing deliverables, and ensuring successful completion of technical projects focused on eBird and BirdCast within the Center for Avian Population Studies. We rely on a team of high-performance engineers to help navigate intriguing technical challenges to provide data-driven services, learning platforms, and science communications supporting biodiversity and conservation communities in all corners of the globe.

Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative Assistant

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The Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative (CLTBCI) Assistant will support the CLTBCI team in activities such as producing outreach materials and tutorials for land trusts and private landowners, preparing content for the CLTBCI website and eNewsletter, researching relevant current literature, reviewing small grant applications, and other activities that advance the CLTBCI agenda of incorporating birds into private land conservation to help curb bird declines. This work will contribute directly to dynamic conservation on private lands at a local, regional, and landscape scale as well as increase the visibility of land trust land protection within the bird conservation community.

Senior Technology Officer

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Develop a roadmap for technical infrastructure that advances the Cornell Lab’s strategic objectives while overseeing a team of product program technology leaders across the Lab. We’re seeking a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial candidate with significant leadership experience in the tech industry, who is motivated to integrate science, technology, and people to make a difference for conservation and inspiring the public to embrace and protect healthy ecosystems. This role requires in-depth, hands-on experience managing complex web applications hosted on premise and in the cloud. Business administration experience and extensive knowledge of data architectures, data infrastructure, data governance, data management and analytics are also required.

Lead Software Engineer

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Guide a growing engineering team of four to six application, web, and mobile developers to design, implement, and maintain complex web-based and mobile applications for the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, external collaborators, and funding agencies. This role will advance Merlin Bird ID, eBird, the Macaulay Library, and Birds of the World applications that connect millions of people worldwide to birds.

Media Manager 

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Lead and execute media management duties, technical resolutions, and archival needs of the team. This role is a hybrid of post-production and collection management, which requires someone with deep knowledge of post-production workflows, impeccable attention to detail, and a talent for solving technical issues that lead to systems efficiencies. The Conservation Media team is a full-scale media production and communication strategy group, specializing in ‘broadcast quality’ science-based content focused on birds. Our explanatory media, documentary films, data visualizations, educational materials, and social media are designed to support scientific institutions, conservation practitioners, local communities, and organizations around the world to impact priority environmental issues that are integral to sustaining species, ecosystems, and human livelihoods. View samples of our work here and here.

Don’t see a position right for you, yet working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with Team eBird is your dream job?

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