Job Opportunities

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

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.

Administrative Assistant IV

The Lab is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, self-driven Administrative Assistant. As a member of the Lab’s administrative team, provide independent, high-level, confidential program, administrative, and customer service support for the Lab with primary focus on assigned programs, directors, and financial specialists. This could include several different program areas or functional groups. Program directors are similar to department chairs.

Specific duties include:

  • Serve as primary contact for all administrative functions for assigned programs.
  • Receive and handle incoming phone calls, mail, packages, and unannounced visitors.
  • Assist with correspondence on behalf of the Program Directors.
  • Handle procurement of goods, equipment, and services using eshop, pcard, purchase orders, and other means as needed.
  • Make complex travel arrangements.
  • Explain policies and procedures to incoming students and staff; research and answer policy questions as needed.
  • Pack and ship equipment and supplies.
  • Maintain calendars and special contact lists for Program Directors as requested.
  • Plan, coordinate, and support special meetings, events, visitors, retreats and workshops.
  • Maintain equipment inventory and insurance information.
  • Serve as the primary contact for Risk Management for assigned programs with regards to insurance needs for equipment, travel, field work and other projects as necessary.
  • Collaborate with Finance Specialist and Lab’s Business Service Center (BSC) to ensure the smooth and timely processing of all financial transactions and complex travel reimbursements.
  • Assist Directors and Finance Specialist with grant proposal submissions.
  • Act as liaison to both internal and external colleagues including staff, alumni, Lab members, research partners, commercial and governmental personnel.
  • Must be able to manage all issues with a high degree of judgment, tact, and diplomacy while fostering excellent working relationships with collaborators.
  • Attend and document meetings as requested and convey/relay information as appropriate.
  • Assist with the administrative preparation, distribution, and tracking of scientific papers, technical reports, and publications.
  • Provide backup administrative coverage for other programs, the Lab’s BSC, and campus shuttle service when necessary. This includes providing support for the Lab’s special events and may require work on weekends, early mornings, and/or evenings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 1 to 2 years, 2 years college coursework, or Associates Degree.
  • At least four years administrative experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with proofreading and editing materials.
  • Highly capable of working with office computer systems and software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, FileMaker Pro/Access and Outlook.
  • Must be able to work under pressure with a great deal of initiative.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to serve and communicate with a broad range of people.
  • Attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills are critical.
  • Illustrate a proven track record of successfully managing multiple projects and priorities.
  • Must be able to learn, understand, and comply with PCI requirements.
  • Must be able to change direction/tasks quickly.
  • Demonstrated history of reliability and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work well within a diverse team of professionals. 
  • Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team.
  • Must be able to work early mornings, evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with five or more years related experience preferred.
  • An interest in birds and biodiversity along with advancing the cause of scientific conservation and the Lab of Ornithology’s mission of applying research to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity.
  • Knowledge of Cornell accounting systems and policies. 
  • Background working in scientific research organization.
  • Previous grant preparation experience.
  • Experience in an academic setting.
  • Prior event planning experience.
  • Experience with royalty payments.

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.

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.

Collections Development Manager

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Collections Development Manager.  Specific duties include:

Strategically grow the ML archive, increase rates of data collection and improve data quality. Lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with ML staff and other Lab programs, particularly Information Science, as well as outside partners.  Work with Program Manager and ML leadership to set overall strategies that align with ML’s mission and the Lab’s strategic priorities. In collaboration with the ML leadership, develop goals and priorities for collections development that will ensure the expansion of the ML archive to better serve clients; build strategic partnerships with institutions and individuals; provide guidance and contribute to the development of online tools and other mechanisms/strategies to facilitate acquisition of media specimens and data from contributors; expand ML’s training efforts to become state-of-the-art and global in scope; sustain a fleet of professional audiovisual field recording equipment for use in the field; and organize and conduct training workshops in collaboration with other Lab programs (particularly eBird and Bioacoustics Research Program) and partners. Basic functions and responsibilities include the following:

  • Collections Development and Strategic Partnerships Development: In collaboration with ML’s Program Manager, Collections Management Leader, and other Lab staff, define strategic plans and projects to increase the rate of media submission and data quality. Facilitate communication, coordination and high-level collaboration with research groups, institutions, biological collections and media archives around the world, particularly with respect to development of biodiversity audiovisual collections.
  • Outreach, Training Activities, and Research Facilitation: Design, implement, and conduct audiovisual field recording, media editing, data management, and recording analysis training programs and related educational resources.
  • Fundraising: Initiate and/or substantially contribute to the identification, preparation and securing of grant proposals and other fundraising efforts in support of the Macaulay Library. This may include recruitment of corporate and institutional partnerships, in addition to foundations or government funding.
  • Project Management: Provide day-to-day functional leadership by overseeing projects and managing workflows, including setting priorities, coordinating individual and group activities and managing activities to meet project deadlines. Facilitate communication within and across teams to ensure that project goals/deadlines are met.

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, in biological sciences, museum studies, information sciences or other relevant field.
  • Less than 5 years of experience with a combination of: using/curating biological research collections, using audiovisual media for scholarly activities, large-scale digital asset management initiatives, and/or biodiversity informatics data management projects and initiatives.
  • Advanced identification skills and experience with birds.
  • Advanced sound and video recording, and/or photography experience.
  • Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated record of success in large-scale project leadership and management.
  • Experience with audiovisual media recording technology, manipulation and archival practices, with emphasis on birds and natural history.
  • Experience using audiovisual media collections for research, formal and informal science education, and/or public outreach.
  • Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint , etc).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver’s license.
  • Must be able to think critically and make a positive contribution to ML’s and the Cornell Lab’s mission.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in biology or related field with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of obtaining extramural funding.
  • Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students.
  • Advanced knowledge and multiple years of experience using eBird. 
  • Fluency in Spanish highly preferred.

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

Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

Donor Relations Assistant

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Donor Relations Assistant.  Specific duties include:

  • Serve as an integral member of, and provide important support to, the Lab of Ornithology’s Development team.
  • Sustain positive and mutually rewarding relations between the Lab and its supporters, partnering with Associate Director, MGOs, faculty and staff to plan and implement personalized stewardship activities for major-gift and principal-gift-level donors to the Lab.
  • Track and facilitate donor stewardship; create stewardship reports, acknowledgements, Powerpoint, videos and emails; coordinate tailored donor stewardship and recognition events and trips; and spearhead other personalized activities.
  • Collaborate with Cornell’s Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D) on donor/gift stewardship and accounting (resolving questions of gift crediting, account establishment, etc.), as well as oversee the documentation process for all donor/prospect activity in the various donor databases.
  • Initiate and prepare sensitive and confidential correspondence and other documents with a high level of discretion.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; with at least 6 months experience or equivalent. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and extreme comfort with writing, proofreading and editing. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and attention to detail.
  • Capable of working with supervisor to prioritize projects.
  • Must have positive attitude and strong customer service skills.
  • Must work well under pressure and handle situations with a high degree of confidentiality, discretion, judgment, tact and diplomacy, while fostering excellent working relationships with all customers.
  • Demonstrated respect and sensitivity for cultural differences and the ability to foster relationship with current and potential donors. 
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, including working in teams to solve challenges, an in situations where tasks/directions might change quickly. 
  • Must take initiative and have the ability to work independently; display original thinking and creativity; and meet challenges with resourcefulness. 
  • Highly capable in working with database software, spreadsheet software (such as Excel), graphing and charting software, word processing software (such as Word) and presentation software (such as Power Point), internet software, and others.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings when required.
  • The ability to learn and understand the Lab’s priorities and its accounting and financial processes is required.
  • Support may be required at times throughout the 7 day week and is not limited to the normal 5 day work week thus must be able to work weekends and evenings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, fundraising or other relevant discipline; 2-3 years related experience.
  • Basic understanding of the concepts and principles of donor relations (including gift and grant stewardship).
  • Fundraising and/or volunteer management experience, in a university setting is preferred.
  • Events management experience.
  • An appreciation of birds and conservation is preferred.

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.

Software Engineer

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a motivated Software Engineer to lead efforts to manage millions of images, sounds, and videos in a scientific archive, the Macaulay Library. An active community of citizen scientists gather media with metadata (such as date and location) that are uploaded through online applications (including eBird), stored, and accessible for display on applications, and requested by researchers and educators. Specific duties include:

  • Develop the software to support pipelines for media delivery and long-term, archival storage.
  • Collaborate with world-class experts and development teams on challenging data-intensive projects that will advance science and conservation.
  • Develop, deploy, and maintain data management, media automation systems, and tools that facilitate the use of media for science, education, and conservation.
  • Review and improve workflows for processing and managing media and metadata.
  • Design, implement, and test software and server systems to: preserve, structure, and synchronize media metadata; allow users to find, play, preview, download, and license recordings; equip staff and contributors with tools to manage media and metadata; and automate media and metadata management.
One-year term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, and 3-5 years programming experience or equivalent.
  • Two year experience designing, building, and testing web applications.
  • Proficiency using Java/Spring, Ruby/Rails, Javascript, or similar frameworks.
  • One year experience writing SQL.
  • Experience integrating multiple systems, and building/consuming APIs.
  • Experience using software development tools such as git, jenkins, and jira.
  • Experience with linux server administration.
  • Experience collaborating with a team of engineers, designers, project managers, and stakeholders, to solve problems and achieve common goals.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
  • Able to express highly technical terms in everyday language.
  • Able to participate in a team rotation for off-hours monitoring.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with Spring, Oracle, Solr, ELK, Docker.
  • Knowledge of birds, conservation, and natural science.
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.

eBird Project Coordinator

The Information Science Program is currently seeking an eBird Project Coordinator. Specific duties include:

  • Collaborate with diverse eBird team of project staff, application developers, designers, and scientists to lead and grow the global eBird project.
  • Coordinate global community engagement and outreach; increase participation, focusing on improving data volume and quality.
  • Develop, manage, and maintain a global network of hundreds of volunteers across a broad spectrum of eBird activities from outreach and engagement with a particular focus of on eBird’s network of more than 1500 international data quality reviewers.
  • Build the international collaborations and partnerships required to make the project a global success.
  • Serve as non-technical lead for testing application development working with global user community to projects work across wide variety of web and mobile platforms across many languages.
  • Create data products that deliver eBird data in useful ways to thousands of researchers and conservation practitioners, as well as monitoring overall data use.
  • Assist academic team members and PI’s with publishing key findings in popular literature and peer-reviewed literature.
  • Develop the political skills to negotiate with international partners.
  • Assist with preparation and submission of proposals to secure additional program funding.
  • Seek out and develop program funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate with Cornell students and outside contractors to meet goals and objectives for eBird.

This position requires extensive international and domestic travel to cultivate and develop international partnerships.

Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding.

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

This position is based in Ithaca, New York.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree; more than 2 years’ experience or equivalent.
  • Deep understanding of birds and bird distribution.
  • Proven skills in project management and coordination are essential, along with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with the Internet and content management systems is critical, along with a strong interest in using the Web as a tool to conduct research, engage and educate the public.
  • Mastery of common computer skills including word, email, and excel.
  • Prior knowledge of social media outlets.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively to all levels of management, staff, new partners, funding agencies, eBird users, and visitors are critical.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally. 
  • Candidate will value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between all employees and partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of the project and fulfill project objectives with very minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize activities and multitask is essential.
  • Ability to travel internationally when necessary; must obtain and maintain valid passport.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese.
  • Experience with GIS software.
  • At least two years’ experience using eBird and eBird Review tools strongly preferred.
  • Experience with WordPress, SQL helpful.

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

Project Assistant-Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a motivated and engaging individual as Project Assistant for the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program. Specific duties include:

  • Support the coordination and administration of various aspects of the Coastal Solutions Fellow Program.
  • Support the financial management of the program, provide coordination of the fellow selection process, plan and organize meetings/retreats, market the program, plan and implement program activities, coordinate MOU’s with partner organizations, and facilitate collaborations and project implementation.
  • Interact with various partners and fellows, and includes occasional travel out of the country.

The position will be supervised by the Project Leader for the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, and based in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.

This is a full-time 1-year appointment, with conditional reappointment dependent on satisfactory performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Administration, Business Management or similar fields. One to two years’ of experience on project management and/or coastal conservation.
  • Must be bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish language.
  • Excellent knowledge of informatics software (Office suite).
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively to all levels of management, staff, new partners, funding agencies, postdoc fellows, and visitors are critical.
  • Takes initiative and is creative in addressing challenges.
  • Works independently but knows when to ask for assistance.
  • Prior experience with project management, budget oversight, and tracking all aspects of a complex project.
  • Must have experience managing licenses, MOU’s, and contracts with collaborators.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally.
  • Candidate will value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between all employees and partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
  • Provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of the project and fulfill project objectives with very minimal supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize activities and multitask is essential.
  • Ability to travel internationally when necessary; must obtain and maintain valid passport.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree.
  • Basic database management helpful.
  • Knowledge of coastal ecosystems and/or birds is a plus.

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.

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.

Bartels Science Illustration Internships

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology will offer at least one paid Bartels Science Illustration Internship each year, lasting from three to six months, 39 hours per week. Recipients will work on a project illustrating birds, wildlife, and/or plants for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's print publications, outreach materials, and websites. We are seeking students (artists just starting their career) at least 18 years old who have previous experience and exceptional talent in illustration, painting, or drawing who are interested in advancing their skills in ornithological art. Interns will work on projects that help the Lab achieve its mission, and these projects often result in publication of the intern's work. For more information, please download this file. You may also contact Diane Tessaglia-Hymes, design director, by email at dianeth@cornell.edu, or call 607-254-2417 or 607-342-4811.

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.

Spring and Summer

Environmental & Sustainability Communication Fellowships

For Cornell juniors or sophomores in communication or sustainability-related fields: If you are interested in gaining theoretical and hands-on experience in communication, Cornell offers 10 fellowships in Environmental & Sustainability Communication. The program involves taking a course in spring and completing a full-time paid internship in summer at a participating organization (examples of organizations this year include the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and Cornell Sustainability). The internship at the Lab of Ornithology is supported by the Lab’s Science Communication Fund, thanks to Jay Branegan ’72 and Stefania Pittaluga. The rolling deadline for the fellowship program is November 1–January 1. See the PDF flyer for details.

Summer

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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