Job Opportunities

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers many opportunities for students, professionals, and volunteers.

Cornell provides great benefits that include professional development, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break) and superior retirement contributions.

Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. Learn more (PDF).

Job Openings at the Cornell Lab

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where twelve world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

To apply for the positions below, please refer to the Jobs at Cornell website unless otherwise specified. For more information on the positions listed below, please contact Sue Taggart; (607) 254-2470.

For more jobs in ornithology, see listings from the Ornithological Societies of North America.

Applications Developer

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a motivated and creative Applications Developer to join our team in creating interactive websites to improve the understanding and protection of birds and nature. Duties include:

  • Work with our team of designers, educators, and scientists to develop websites and interactive online tools for engaging the public in science and supporting conservation. More than 16 million people each year visit our Webby-award-winning site, AllAboutBirds.org, and 1.2 million people view our live Bird Cams.
  • Help advance new tools for understanding and exploring information about birds, including a new project to enable the public to collaborate with scientists in research investigations using live and archived cam footage.
  • Work with the Bird Cams team to conceptualize, research, develop, launch, and update interactive tools by adapting and building upon existing software when possible. Components include login systems and the ability to track user activity; developing functionalities for users to annotate live and archived video data; and offering data visualization and exploration tools.
  • Collaborate with database manager to ensure seamless collection, archiving, and access to data.
  • Work with the designer to implement/update designs in WordPress sites.
  • Perform quality assurance based on existing procedures or project requirements.
  • Ensure cross-browser compatibility and mobile optimization for all projects.
  • Develop and implement DevOps scripts and procedures to increase deployment efficiency and consistency between server environments.
  • Create and maintain a consistent business layer standard so various Lab applications can share data and communicate with each other.
  • Experiment with hybrid app development.
  • Evaluate and recommend new technologies and techniques.
Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years relevant education or equivalent experience.
  • A thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and web applications is essential, as well as experience with the complete software development lifecycle.
  • Demonstrable experience in the following areas: 1) web application development using Asp.net, C#, Ruby, php, and other languages and frameworks; 2) interactive client-side website development – JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, HTML5/CSS; bootstrap or other responsive front-end frameworks, browser compatibility issues; 3) database-driven application development - MSSQL; object-relational mapping tools.
  • Good interpersonal skills and diplomacy required with a variety of domain experts, as well as the ability to help establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently, and be equally capable of working with the supervisor to prioritize projects and to regularly communicate status and progress.
  • Ability to customize and maintain content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal, and experience in syndicating content to other websites with XML/APIs, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in computer or information science.
  • Previous experience with content management systems and fundraising platforms such as Engaging Networks.
  • Experience in fundraising, advocacy, or marketing is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is a plus.
  • Experience with Java, Oracle SQL, RESTful API, Ruby on Rails.
  • Prior experience working on computer software and collaborating with a team of programmers on software projects.
  • Proven experience writing application requirements, architecting applications, and documenting code.
  • Experience working as part of a team.
  • Experience with search engine optimization, website analytics, and optimizing content for mobile devices.
  • Passion for conservation, nature, wildlife, and non-profit mission is desirable.
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.

Bird Academy Marketing Manager

The Bird Academy project is seeking marketing leadership for a growing eLearning platform and expanding set of learning tools. Collectively, Bird Academy attracts tens of thousands of participants and millions of views per year.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Work within a dynamic team including biologists, designers, programmers, and media producers who are dedicated to supporting the curiosity and confidence of lifelong learners, and collaborate with staff throughout the organization to realize strategic priorities and support diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Develop and continually refresh a comprehensive marketing plan for Bird Academy that grows participation and promotes connections across Cornell Lab programs and development initiatives.
  • Plan and implement campaigns to attract a diversity of new learners to the platform and encourage sustained learning.
  • Conduct market research and creatively integrate findings into innovative new strategies for meeting the educational mission.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, business, education, or similar field and two to three years of professional experience in sales or marketing.
  • Experience with marketing campaigns, social media campaigns, audience segmentation, and/or developing business plans.
  • Demonstrated writing skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to set priorities and manage projects effectively under clear timelines.
  • Must have a good understanding of the target customers’ needs and appropriate business knowledge to lead development in coordination with all the stakeholders.
  • Role requires an excellent communicator and collaborator capable of sharing a vision, aligning people, focusing efforts, and motivating the team. High emotional intelligence will help in the collaborative process and steer the product development to a successful conclusion.
  • Must understand the dynamic of online learning products and platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience in the online learning field or with educational products.
  • Familiarity with inbound marketing platforms and/or customer relations management systems.
  • Interest in education and birds a plus.
  • Project management a plus.

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

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Data Processor

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a data processor. Specific duties include:

  • Enter and process donations, memberships, tributes, memorials, planned gifts, pledges and proposals in the Lab’s fund-raising database.
  • Download daily records of gift information from various sources, create deposit journals, and use the Access program to prepare the information for entry into the fund-raising database.
  • Manually prepare batch records for gifts phoned into or mailed directly to the Lab.
  • Balance and commit batches, and investigate imbalances, with support from the lead gift processor as needed.
  • Help to maintain the Lab’s reputation of excellent customer service by interfacing via phone or email with members and donors to address their questions and resolve their concerns.
  • Provide administrative support to the membership team as needed.
  • Participate in special projects.

This is a full time, 39 hours per week position located in Ithaca, New York.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Formal training beyond a high-school diploma of si-6 months to one year; one to two years data entry experience.
  • Understanding of data export, batching, and validation processes is essential.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple objectives to assist meeting unit goals.
  • Demonstrable experience in database management; accountable for accuracy of the data and efficiency of its processes.
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external constituencies.
  • Capable of working with supervisor to prioritize projects.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality is a must.
  • Illustrate a proven track record of successfully providing exceptional customer service while maintaining an upbeat and positive demeanor.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and foster good relationships with members of the Lab.
  • Proven accuracy due to high quantity of credit card, check, and cash transactions.
  • Knowledge of Word, and Excel programs.
  • Familiarity with office machines: copier, adding, and fax machines.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work weekends, overtime, and holidays when required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Raiser’s Edge fundraising database, Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and familiarity with accounting databases and customer service programs.

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

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Manager of Membership Services

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a manager of membership services. Specific duties include:

  • Supervise the membership services team and ensure effective operation, e.g. accurate processing of financial transactions, thoroughly update constituent and membership info, and provide excellent customer service through phone and email contact.
  • Assess workload and priorities, and delegate or schedule work accordingly.
  • Develop or improve operating processes, procedures, and guidelines, as well as an office manual.
  • Collaborate in training, development, maintenance, and documentation.
  • Oversee and create complex deposit journals, retrieve check and credit card information from various sources, and implement Lockbox and all policies and procedures.
  • Lead individual performance dialogues with the team.
  • Manage vendor relationships and collaborate with colleagues in Alumni Affairs and Development’s Gift Processing department.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with three to five years related experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably in a membership or annual fund role with relevant data management or data entry experience.
  • Must be comfortable working with an experienced team and providing exceptional customer service.
  • Prior experience with data quality and report preparation.
  • A thorough understanding of import, export, and validation processes is essential, as well as experience in meeting program goals and deadlines.
  • Must be a self-motivated team player, able to work independently and be equally capable of working with the supervisor to prioritize projects and to regularly communicate status and progress.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality is a must.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and motivation for continual gift processing refinement and improvement.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and foster collaborative relationships with Lab staff, clients, Cornell University, and external vendors.
  • Familiarity with Word, Excel, Access, mail merges.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One or more years of experience with the Raisers Edge program highly preferred.
  • Quick learner, good listener, solution-oriented, with a keen eye for detail, all a plus.
  • Comfortable with multiple priorities.
  • Prior experience managing workflow and the day-to-day deliverables of a team.
  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Prior development or fundraising experience at an environmental or higher education organization is preferred.

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

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Media Editor

The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology 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, New York.

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.

Systems Administrator

This position is available in the Information Science & Technology Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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 three references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; more than three years and less than five 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 for 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 with 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.

Web Designer

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a creative, motivated, team player to help design fully featured, mobile-responsive, information-rich websites and applications, including the Lab’s home page (www.birds.cornell.edu) and All About Birds site, winner of the 2010 Webby Award for best lifestyle website (www.allaboutbirds.org).

Specific duties include:

  • Collaborate with the lead web designer and director of web communications to optimize aesthetics, usability, functionality, and maintenance of websites and applications.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders from across the Lab’s diverse programs to develop scope of work, timeline, site architecture, user interface, and design requirements for websites and applications as assigned.
  • Align client requirements with objectives to meet goals and create a satisfying user experience.
  • Work with lead web designer to ensure consistent graphic identity across websites, integrated user experiences, and structured code.
  • Strategically use technology and multimedia to better integrate informational content across the Cornell Lab.
  • Create email templates that display well on a wide range of devices.
  • Work with content writers to design digital graphics and create data visualizations that demonstrate scientific concepts and information.
  • Interact effectively with lead web designer, content writers, project leaders, and developers in other Lab of Ornithology programs.
  • Conduct training and provide assistance for non-technical staff on how to use content management systems, good web content principles, and basic web design skills.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience or equivalent in commercial web design projects, preferably working with a web-production team or equivalent.
  • Thorough knowledge of HTML, CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator.
  • Experience creating themes for content management systems, preferably WordPress.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of cross platform browser issues, web browser backward compatibility issues, search engine and page load optimization, traffic analytics, and be aware of current and future trends and models for Internet communications and marketing.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team and deliver work on schedule.
  • Must demonstrate good understanding of digital production process and techniques, and digital content distribution.
  • Must understand the importance of leveraging style and content to resonate with specific target audiences.
  • Must understand the importance of usability and design websites to fulfill end user as well as internal needs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to convey technical information in “laymen’s terms.”
  • Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in nonprofit or educational settings.
  • Experience in the decision making process of web design, and web applications.
  • Experience dealing with search engine optimization issues.
  • Experience with designing email templates for a wide range of devices.
  • Experience with Git, SASS, LESS, AMP, WordPress, php, and MySQL.
  • Well-developed illustration and artistic skills and understanding of various types of optimization.
  • Experience working in both Mac and Windows operating system environments.
  • An interest in birds, nature, biology, science, and/or conservation helpful.

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

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Fall 2018

Feature Writing Assistant, BirdSleuth

BirdSleuth is a science curriculum resource, developed and distributed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, aimed at engaging students in their own scientific research. BirdSleuth is seeking a motivated and creative feature writing assistant who will help us identify publications targeting the middle-school-level education community, and work with BirdSleuth educators to develop, pitch, and write full-length articles featuring the accomplishments and achievements of teachers and classrooms using the BirdSleuth program. Additionally, the assistant will have the opportunity to write regular short articles for the website, as well as BirdSleuth-themed articles for in-house publications produced and distributed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The assistant will be asked to edit other copy as needed.

Depending on your skills and interests, you may be asked to assist with special projects, such as designing and preparing newsletters, creating website content, and developing flyers, displays and brochures, and news releases.

This position is a paid, part-time appointment (Federal Work Study required for wages; position available on unpaid basis as well) that will provide an opportunity to learn about nonprofit organizations, careers in feature writing, and partnership building. You will be expected to work eight hours per week, but there may be an opportunity for more hours. A flexible work schedule is possible, though generally Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A free shuttle travels between Corson-Mudd on the Cornell campus and the Lab many times a day, and there is a bus top in front of the building. Ample free parking is also available.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of best practices in feature writing
  • Some feature writing/journalism coursework
  • Strong interest in helping to expand the reach of an educational program
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Strong written communication
  • Self- motivated, strong work ethic
  • Attention to detail
  • Dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scientific literacy and interest in birds or life sciences
  • Previous feature writing experience
  • Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student status

This internship is available for Fall 2018, with possibility of continuance into the spring 2019 semester. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for this internship, along with your resume and the contact information for at least two references to Jacqueline Kennedy at jrk323@cornell.edu. Visit birdsleuth.net for more information about the program.

Student Assistant

All About Birds is an award-winning website by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with 13 million visitors each year. Join the All About Birds team to assist with creating and managing website content. The assistant will research life history features of North American birds using the Birds of North America. The assistant will compile basic information such as clutch size, incubation period, and other relevant tidbits. Additional duties as assigned may include writing content to help users identify birds, creating image galleries, editing content, creating and monitoring Facebook and Instagram posts, working with staff at Macaulay Library to create additional photo galleries, cropping images, and entering data into the Lab's content management system.

Must be detail oriented and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with Photoshop and strong identification skills for North American bird species a plus. Must be a Cornell student.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references to Hugh Powell, hdp8@cornell.edu.

Work Schedule: 5-10 hours per week September 2018–December 2018. Hours and dates of employment are flexible. 1-2 positions available. Wage: $12.00 hr. Employment Start Date: 9/3/2018. Employment End Date: 12/21/2018.

Year Round

Kristen Rupert and John Foote Undergraduate Research Fund

Recipients of Rupert/Foote funding engage in paid semester or summer opportunities in collaboration with a Cornell Lab of Ornithology faculty or staff member. This fund is specifically designed to promote cross-disciplinary study at the University, particularly by Cornell students whose interests and majors fall outside the traditional realms of ornithological research. Examples might include a mechanical engineering major who helps design a bird recording device, an English major who writes articles for our website, a computer science major who creates an algorithm for our bird ID app, or an art major who draws images for our outreach publications. Nominations for this program are initiated by a Lab faculty or staff member. Students interested in this program should discuss it with their Lab-based mentor or supervisor or contact Myrah Bridwell at mb252@cornell.edu. Nominations are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Francis M. Peacock Scholarship

The Francis M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat provides financial aid to students studying areas in the United States that provide winter or summer habitat for our threatened or endangered native birds. Typically, the Scholarship awards $4,500 annually to one scholar. In special instances, because of two unusually qualified candidates or two candidates working on one project, the award may be divided between two candidates. College seniors or graduate students enrolled in a US-based institution are eligible to apply. The award is given by the Garden Club of America and is administered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Applications must be submitted by January 15 preceding the proposed period of study. For more information, see the proposal guidelines.

Other funding opportunities for Cornell undergraduates

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology manages a number of additional funds that support undergraduate student research, semester and summer jobs, expeditions, and activities that align with the Cornell Lab’s broad mission. The Lab currently does not have funds to support University financial aid or similar tuition scholarships to individuals, and most of these opportunities are limited to Cornell undergraduates who are in good academic standing. To initiate a conversation about these funding opportunities, students or their advisor/mentor should obtain our simple funding request form by emailing Myrah Bridwell at mb252@cornell.edu.

Summer

Research and Outreach Assistant, Bird Cams

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Cams stream live, close-up views of birds from across the hemisphere at AllAboutBirds.org/cams. Millions of people have watched these cams which have built up an avid online community of people curious about birds, ecology, and bird behavior. We are seeking a research and outreach assistant to join our team this summer. Examples of outreach duties include watching cam footage and selecting, formatting and interpreting multimedia to share with viewers on the website or in social media; responding to viewer questions by email, social media, and online forums; and generating FAQs. Examples of research activities include watching and annotating footage for scientific studies, assisting with data summaries or analysis, and researching the primary literature to inform new studies.

Special Requirements: Strong interest in birds and general knowledge of animal behavior. Excellent skills in communicating science concepts to the general public and/or conducting scientific research through exploration of the primary literature and processing and summarizing data. Must be a Cornell student.

Work Schedule: 20 hours per week June–August 2018. Hours and dates of employment are flexible.

Wage: $12.00

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Charles Eldermire, cre9@cornell.edu.

Summer Student Assistant

All About Birds is an award-winning website by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with 12 million visitors each year. Join the All About Birds team to assist with creating and managing website content. The assistant will create photo and video galleries for North American bird species and write captions for each asset to help users with bird identification. Duties also include researching life history features of North American birds and writing descriptions of life history features. Additional duties as assigned may include editing content, creating and monitoring Facebook and Instagram posts, working with staff at Macaulay Library to create additional photo galleries, cropping images, and entering data into the Lab's content management system. Applicant should have strong identification skills for North American bird species. Must be detailed oriented and able to work independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with Photoshop a plus. Must be a Cornell student. Dates of employment: June–August 2018, 30–40 hours a week, but hours and dates of employment are flexible. Pay: $12/hour. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Kathi Borgmann, klb274@cornell.edu

Philip H. Bartels ’71 Scholars

Two Bartels Scholars are appointed annually to engage in a paid, eight-week summer opportunity. This opportunity is open to Cornell undergraduates who would conduct the proposed project during the summer in collaboration with a Cornell Lab of Ornithology faculty or staff member. Although Bartels Scholars most commonly focus on research, any Lab-related activity may be appropriate. Nominations for Bartels scholars are initiated by a Lab faculty or staff member. Students interested in this opportunity should discuss it with their Lab-based mentor or supervisor or contact Myrah Bridwell at mb252@cornell.edu. Nominations for the forthcoming summer should be submitted by March 31.

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers of all ability levels to assist with the programs and operations of the Visitor Center. If you love birds and want to be around others who share your interests, you are invited to join our new Visitor Center volunteer corps!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, housed at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, offers opportunities for visitors to connect with the Lab and learn about its mission to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity. Birders, school classes, families, and nature lovers come to the Lab to walk the trails, watch birds, view the art, use the library, and learn from exhibits, tours, guided walks, seminars, and other types of programs.

Volunteer Opportunities
• Helping with youth education programs
• Leading guided tours
• Assisting with outreach efforts
• Helping out in the Adelson Library

Requirements
• Attend initial information session
• Complete the training for a specific volunteer appointment
• Commit to at least five hours per month (specific time commitments vary by appointment)
• Must be 18 years of age or older

Benefits
• Complimentary Cornell Lab of Ornithology membership
• 10% discount in Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods store
• Program discounts
• Training and continuing education opportunities


If you are interested in volunteering at the Lab of Ornithology please contact Anne Rosenberg at baj3@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2109.

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