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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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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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Systems Engineer

Systems Administrator II – Band E
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University

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The Systems Engineer will work closely with the Systems Engineer Lead to deploy horizontally scalable, highly available, standardized service, storage, backup and application platforms.  Specifically, this position is focused on: Operating Systems, Virtualization, Networking, SAN-NAS Storage, University hosting environments, and Cloud technologies.  The Systems Engineer is responsible for diagnosing and troubleshooting high level technical problems, gathering and analyzing operational data, securing, and providing both tactical and strategic advice for the services they have primary responsibility for. IT Team members facilitate utilization of services by creating end-user documentation and performing training. IT Team members contribute to development of local Lab practices and new services.

Lab IT services supported by the Systems Engineer include:

  • Virtual servers and infrastructure – VMware host management including operations, upgrades and patching, load balancing, storage integration; VMware guest management including capacity planning, provisioning, conversion, migration
  • Storage administration – Storage Area Network allocation management; connectivity; cross platform accessibility; capacity planning; performance metrics; disaster recover support; replication
  • Server administration – Windows Server administration; file and print services; database and services; provisioning; patching and upgrading; VMware integration; storage infrastructure integration
  • Cloud technologies – provide support for numerous cloud technology applications occurring at the Lab. These range from data storage, big data analysis, cloud infrastructure and billing.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; more than 3 year and less than 5 years’ experience or equivalent.
  • At least two years working with users in a technical customer service or user support role.
  • Must have proven diagnostic and problem-solving skills solving computer hardware, software, and network issues.
  • Must possess familiarity with Cloud computing environments, preferably Amazon Web Services.
  • Must have in-depth expertise in the following areas: a) virtual server infrastructures; b) SAN and NAS administration; c) network and firewall administration, including DHCP, DNS, VPN. Effective, proven customer service skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; adherence to all confidentiality requirements.
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical information in non-technical terms.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and assignments under pressure and meet critical deadlines.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations and demands.
  • Ability to work independently to resolve most problems and work primarily under general supervision.
  • Ability to maintain professional atmosphere in busy setting.
  • Must be able to work well with diverse people, including but not limited to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends when required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technologies, or related field.
  • In depth experience one or more virtualization technologies including SAN and NAS administration; Cloud Services (AWS, Azure); and Containerization Platforms (Docker, Kubernetes) . Relevant professional certifications (e.g., Microsoft, VMware).

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

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Associate Editor, Online Bird Guide

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

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking an associate editor to produce the Cornell Lab’s Online Bird Guide, a premier destination for North American bird information on the All About Birds website, which reaches more than 14 million visitors per year. The associate editor will join our Birds of the World digital publication teams generating authoritative, accessible information about birds for education, citizen science, and conservation.

Located in the beautiful Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary in Ithaca, New York, the Cornell Lab is a renowned nonprofit institution dedicated to advancing the understanding and protection of birds, other wildlife, and our planet through research, education, citizen science, and conservation. A vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Lab has 12 interdisciplinary programs directed by full-time faculty and staff. Supported by more than 100,000 donors, the Lab offers rich lifelong learning opportunities through distance-learning courses, citizen-science projects, interactive web and mobile apps, publications, live cams, and multimedia.

We are seeking an associate editor with strong expertise in ornithology, bird identification, writing, editing, and project management. Duties:

  • Research, write, and edit engaging, accessible, and authoritative life history and bird-identification information for the Online Bird Guide, Merlin Bird ID mobile app, and other products and publications as assigned.
  • Edit species account drafts written by freelance writers.
  • Use content management systems to edit and publish text, images, and image captions for species accounts.
  • Coordinate schedules and workflows to ensure timely editing and publication of new and updated species accounts.
  • Edit and proofread work to ensure appropriate style, relevance, and comprehensiveness.
  • Ensure quality of content reflecting the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s brand and the standards of Cornell University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Work under the direction of the Senior Science Editor to generate bird species information. Collaborate with team members from other units, including Communications, Macaulay Library, Multimedia, and Information Science, to move content through content management systems to final online publication. Collaborate with the Birds of the World digital publication teams to generate content across web and mobile platforms for audiences ranging from nature enthusiasts to advanced birders and professionals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of North American bird identification and behavior is essential.
  • Bachelor’s degree; up to 2 years of experience or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science with relevant course work in ornithology and science writing/editing, or a Bachelor’s degree in English/journalism with strong course work/experience in ornithology.
  • Experience with word processing, image processing, and web publishing.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment requiring flexibility with different styles and approaches.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within teams.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong expertise in bird identification for North, Central, and South American species.
  • Graduate degree in science journalism or biology.
  • At least two years of experience in publishing as a science writer or editor for a nonacademic publication.
  • Written fluency in Spanish.

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

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