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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
1-800-843-BIRD

Visitor Center Hours

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

Closed Thanksgiving Day and the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours may change due to special events.

The Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary is open daily, dawn to dusk

Admission is free. We appreciate donations and member support to help grow and develop Visitor Center experiences.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center is recruiting volunteers!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally recognized leader in 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 12 world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals.

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.

Volunteers assist with the programs and operations of the Visitor Center in many ways. Opportunities include helping with youth education programs, leading guided tours, assisting with outreach efforts, and helping out in the Adelson Library. All ability levels are welcome. If you love birds and want to be around other who shares your interests, you are qualified to join our new Visitor Center volunteer corps. Volunteer benefits include discounts on membership and program fees, free training, and frequent learning opportunities.

Benefits:

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

Requirements:

  • Complete training for specific volunteer appointment
  • Commit to at least 5 hours/month – specific time commitments vary by appointment

Contact information:

Anne Rosenberg, baj3@cornell.edu

Interested in outreach, education, interpretation, or just want to try something new? Join our team!

Public Information Assistant

Description:

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 12 world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals.

We seek a creative and energetic undergraduate student with a strong interest in ornithology and public outreach to assist with email inquiries from the public. Each year, the Cornell Lab receives more than 80,000 bird-related questions from around the world. Working with Lab staff, tasks may include:

• monitoring the Lab's inbox and general Lab phone line and responding to questions from the general public by effectively prioritizing and utilizing FAQs, online resources, and the guidance of the Public Information Specialist;

• researching, editing, and drafting new FAQs as needed;

• creating template answers for commonly asked questions or categories of questions based on correspondence trends;

• tracking trends, themes, or issues to share with Lab staff;

• regularly working to streamline the efficiency of inbox operations.

Basic Requirements:

• Interest in ornithology, particularly birds and birding in North America

• Excellent customer service skills

• Strong writing skills

• Web research skills

Details:

Work Schedule: Flexible
Weekly Hours: 5-8
FWS Required: Yes
Positions Available: 1
Paid: Yes
Wage: $12.00
Employment Dates: ongoing

Career Field: Biochemistry/Biology; All Majors--opportunities open to everyone

Contact Information:

Marc Devokaitis, Public Information Specialist, (607) 254-2453, mjd356@cornell.edu

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