Student Outreach Assistant

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. We are dedicated to engaging people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. The education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a creative and dependable outreach assistant to help with our daily operations and communications across our program.

The Cornell Lab K-12 program aims to connect young people to their local environment via outdoor activities including citizen-science projects. We develop STEM curricula and professional development experiences for educators, both in person and online. The Lab’s visitor center in Sapsucker Woods offers opportunities for visitors to connect with the Lab and learn about its mission to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity. A growing suite of online resources and courses via Bird Academy allows the public to broaden their understanding of birds—from birding basics to college-level ornithology—through free and premium content.
The student assistant will work with these programs to support our outreach efforts. The assistant will:

  •  promote our resources and events via social media and online content
  • write blogs and feature articles for a lay audience
  • develop and/or organize media and online educational content
  • fulfill sales, help with workshop planning, and provide general program support
  • Depending on skills and interests, assist with special projects such as writing tours, photography and video, curriculum development, and designing flyers and displays.

This position is an exciting opportunity for students interested in outreach from a wide range of majors and subject areas including biology, education, natural resources, communications, engineering, and business.
This position is a paid, full-time opportunity (Federal Work Study required). We offer a flexible work schedule, generally 8-10 hours per week Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. There is an on-demand bus stop is in front of the building and free ample parking is also available.

Required Qualifications:

Strong interest in helping to expand the reach of educational programs • Strong organizational skills • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Self-motivated, strong work ethic, flexible • Dependable • Ability to pack and lift boxes for shipping • Experience with social media outreach • Knowledge and interest in science, birds, and the environment • Collaborative spirit • Current Cornell undergraduate student with Federal Work Study

Preferred Qualifications:

Scientific literacy • Strong interest in birds and good bird identification skills • Experience with blogging or feature writing, especially experience interpreting science content for a lay audience • Familiarity with PowerPoint, InDesign, and Photoshop • Experience working in educational settings and/or youth outreach programs • Photography/Videography skills or interest

Apply before Friday, September 27. This paid position is available for Fall 2019, renewable into the Spring semester and beyond. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, along with your resume to Jacquie Kennedy, Business and Communications Specialist, at jrk323@cornell.edu.


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