Job Opportunities

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

Job Openings at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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.

Application Programmer

The Information Science and Technology (IS) Program develops and maintains data information, management, and distribution applications that are broadly used for engaging the public in citizen-science and education projects that collect, archive, analyze and disseminate information about birds and the environments where they exist. IS also maintains the data network infrastructure for the Lab by providing Internet access to all personnel, and maintaining an array of web, application, database servers, and disk storage devices. Current projects consist of eBird, BirdCast, Birds of North America, and Neotropical Birds.

The Information Science Program at the Lab of Ornithology is seeking a BigData Engineer. Specific duties include:

  • Serve as a programmer who will develop, test, code, and maintain data resources that are provided for data intensive analysis processes that run on high performance computer systems.
  • Work with a dynamic team of biologists, statisticians, computer scientists, application developers, and data base administrators within a collaborative development environment.
  • Develop software and data products to insure the data collected by eBird are available and appropriately used to the maximum extent possible by conservationists and researchers.
  • Manage, update, and run data analysis workflows and scripts that perform Big Data spatiotemporal analyses within high performance and cloud computing environments.
  • Utilize software development tools including, R, Hadoop, Eclipse-based IDEs, team code repositories, and open source libraries.
  • Software produced by the Information Science and Technology Program generally uses R, Java, JSP, JavaScript, and an Oracle backend.
Annual term appointment with possibility of extension dependent on performance and available funding. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination.
  • Thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and knowledge of statistics, Hadoop and the R software environment for statistical computing is essential.
  • Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and verbal communication.
  • Proven experience writing application requirements, architecting applications, managing and automating big data analysis workflows within high performance computing (HPC) or cloud computing environments and documenting code.
  • Ability to design and construct substantial computer software, to work effectively on a team, and to learn technical material quickly.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in data science field (e.g. computer science statistics).
  • 3-5 years of experience working on substantial computer software, developing, automating, and running R and/or Python statistical applications within a HPC environment, such as Hadoop and/or Spark, and collaborating with a team of programmers on software projects is desired.
  • Experience designing and implementing interfaces, APIs, and web services.
  • Experience with GIS data and server software (GeoServer).
  • Experience implementing rich internet applications using AJAX and JavaScript.
  • Experience with XML manipulation: parsing, XSL transformation, and schema design.
  • Experience managing Linux-based Java application servers.

Data Service Developer

Do you have software development experience and you want to build expertise with traditional and NoSQL database administration? Want to be a part of a new team that focuses on building and operating infrastructure underpinning web and mobile applications which have global reach? Do you enjoy working in a collaborative environment? If so, you might be the right person to come work for the world leader in the scientific study and conservation of birds—and enjoy life in Upstate New York's gorgeous Finger Lakes!

The Data Service Developer will create and administer data services using traditional and NoSQL data sources within the Information Science and Macaulay Library programs of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This position will collaborate with world-class experts and development teams to advance science and conservation. This is an opportunity to learn sophisticated database practices and explore new approaches.

Core job responsibilities include working under the guidance of Senior Infrastructure Team Data Base Administrators to :

  • Administer billion-record primary and warehouse database systems.
  • Collaborate with team members (DBAs, DevOps personnel, web service developers, software architect) to design and implement data services using both relational and NoSQL frameworks in both traditional and cloud environments.
  • Analyze metrics to improve efficiency.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of web services for consuming data and updating database systems. Design data schemas and warehouses to back data services.
  • Automate deployment, monitoring, and scaling of data services.

About the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation with a mission to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and biodiversity to protect the planet. Founded in 1915, the Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization supported by 78,000 friends and members. Our vibrant community includes 200,000 citizen-science participants from all walks of life and 16 million friends online who connect with us at All About Birds. The Lab has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We are guided by the belief that science points the way to effective conservation of the planet's birds and broader biodiversity. This organizational mission critically depends on our technical teams.

Projects include the Macaulay Library (ML) and eBird. The ML is the world's largest (over 250,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world. ML assets are media-based biological specimens, much like the specimens in more traditional biological collections, but that uniquely capture the behavioral traits of living organisms. eBird (ebird.org), one of the world's largest, fastest growing biodiversity databases, currently holding over 250 million observations of birds, with contributions from every country across the globe. More than one million users use eBird web sites and mobile applications to submit data, share experiences, and explore the world of birds. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Key qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, and more than one year subsequent programming experience or equivalent combination.
  • One year experience with software design and development, preferably with an object-oriented language OR one year experience working with databases (RDBMS or other).
  • Experience collaborating on and maintaining source code using version control.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
  • Ability to work with others to solve problems and achieve common goals. Ability to express highly technical terms in everyday language.
  • Experience collaborating with a team of software developers and stakeholders. Adhere to confidentiality practices when necessary.
  • Ability to work weekends or evenings when participating in the 24-7 on call duty rotation.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • RDMBS or NoSQL database administration.
  • Experience writing PL/SQL; Experience designing and implementing web services using REST or other approaches; Experience designing and implementing software for microservices or SOA architectures; Experience with linux server system administration; Experience installing and configuring open source and commercial enterprise software.
  • Knowledge of or interest in birds, conservation, and natural science.

Digital Media Coordinator

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a digital media coordinator who is a motivated bird expert with in-depth knowledge of the birds of North and South America and project management skills. Specific duties include:

  • Select and deliver exemplar media (including photos, sounds and videos) for digital products including the Birds of North America Online, All About Birds website, Neotropical Birds website, and Merlin Bird ID app.
  • Establish a regular publishing schedule and ensure delivery of scientifically accurate, aesthetically pleasing material.
  • Browse and select from media archived in the Macaulay Library and help establish a global network of rich media contributors.
  • Create and implement a workflow process for content updates, editorial solicitations, reviews, and a consistent publishing schedule.
  • Using project management tools that enable the project team to keep track of timelines, milestones, and deadlines.
  • Develop and manage media galleries for more than 4,000 species of birds found in the Americas.
  • Select exemplar material from media uploaded to eBird and archived in the Macaulay Library.
  • Solicit material from contributors and coordinate with the various project teams to identify areas of overlap, gather stakeholder requirements.
  • Collaborate with staff from across the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity.

Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. This position is based in Ithaca, NY.

Required Qualifications:

  • Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 6 months to one year's duration or equivalent, or Associates Degree; more than four year's experience.
  • Ability to identify North American bird species by sight and sound.
  • At least five years of experience watching and identifying birds.
  • Ability to identify the majority of North and South American birds to species, age, and sex with assistance of reference material.
  • Interest in bird photography and/or sound recording.
  • Knowledge of basics of using Adobe software to edit rich media (Photoshop, Audition).
  • 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.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively to all levels of management, staff, new partners, and users.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally.
  • Ability to 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 multi-task is essential.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese.
  • Ability to identify birds outside of the Americas by sight and sound.

Director of Membership and Annual Giving

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Director of Membership and Annual Giving. The Director of Membership and Annual Giving reports to the Sr. Director of Development and Philanthropy and is responsible for leading the growth of the Lab's direct response program, which currently generates more than $7 million annually. The Director must have a deep understanding of direct response programs, including digital marketing, direct mail and telemarketing efforts. Must be knowledgeable of current trends in the membership and annual fund fields, working to bring the latest in best practices to the Lab to increase net revenue and number of supporters.

Key responsibilities will be to:

  • internalize the Lab's mission and strategic initiatives, to understand and strengthen all essential components of the Lab's membership and annual fund;
  • partner with Lab leadership to ensure that direct response efforts are meeting the needs of the Lab broadly and creating a sense of commitment to shared goals;
  • set near and long-term goals for the Lab's direct response programs, implement a plan for achieving those goals, analyzes and disseminates results;
  • manage multi-faceted annual fund and/or membership programs that maximize annual revenue using a mix of strategies and tactics;
  • oversee direct response program, including vendor selection, segmentation, creative testing and analytics;
  • plan and oversee digital marketing campaigns to achieve aggressive fundraising, membership acquisition and retention, and lead capture goals;
  • develop and track department operating and project budgets along with the financial specialist. Create and review financial contracts with vendors and approve expenditures;
  • foster and maintain relationships with key Lab consultants and vendors;
  • provide direct supervision, direction, and mentorship to staff within the Membership and Annual Giving Team; which includes digital fundraising and data processing team leader (with an overall team of 5 to 6).
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in business, marketing, communications, fundraising or related field

  • required with at least 3 years related experience in the non-profit sector, preferably in a membership or annual fund role.
  • Must have proven history of direct supervisory role and be comfortable with working with an experienced team.
  • Experienced in collaborating with and managing budgets and tasks of external vendors to achieve organizational goals.
  • This is a data driven position and candidate must be adept with fundraising databases (the Cornell Lab uses Blackbaud Raisers Edge), Excel and generally comfortable with statistics.
  • Must possess a strong data-driven focus on growth, efficiency and increased net revenue to support the Lab's operations.
  • Proven understanding of direct response programs, including digital marketing, direct mail and telemarketing efforts.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with all internal and external stakeholders, including the public.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, with minimal supervision.
  • Highly capable of working with computer software: database, spreadsheet (such as Excel), graphing and charting, word processing (such as Word) and presentation (such as Power Point), Internet.
  • Self-starter who takes lead on initiatives while proactively involving peers and managers to achieve common goal.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Expert knowledge of Raiser's Edge.
  • Knowledge of internet usability, e-commerce, and Internet-based promotional strategies.
  • Knowledge of birds, nature and/or conservation highly preferred.
  • Prior development or fundraising experience at an environmental or higher education organization is preferred.

Principal Web Service Developer

Do you have expertise as a web service developer? Want to be a part of a new team that focuses on building and operating infrastructure underpinning web and mobile applications which have global reach? Do you enjoy working in a collaborative environment? If so, you might be the right person to come work for the world leader in the scientific study and conservation of birds—and enjoy life in Upstate New York's gorgeous Finger Lakes!

The Principal Web Service Developer will help create a robust web-service tier for web and mobile applications for the Information Science and Macaulay Library programs of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This position will collaborate with world-class experts and development teams to advance science and conservation.

Core job responsibilities:

  • Design and implement REST-based web services and transform existing software and systems into a service-focused architecture.
  • Automate deployment, monitoring, and scaling of services, incorporating cloud technologies as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other team members, including DBAs, DevOps personnel, and system architects, to design and implement an operational infrastructure that supports automated testing, deployment, and scaling.
  • Analyze metrics to improve efficiency.

About the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation with a mission to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and biodiversity to protect the planet. Founded in 1915, the Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization supported by 78,000 friends and members. Our vibrant community includes 200,000 citizen-science participants from all walks of life and 16 million friends online who connect with us at All About Birds. The Lab has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We are guided by the belief that science points the way to effective conservation of the planet's birds and broader biodiversity. This organizational mission critically depends on our technical teams.

Projects include the Macaulay Library (ML) and eBird. The ML is the world's largest (over 250,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world. ML assets are media-based biological specimens, much like the specimens in more traditional biological collections, but that uniquely capture the behavioral traits of living organisms. eBird (ebird.org), one of the world's largest, fastest growing biodiversity databases, currently holding over 250 million observations of birds, with contributions from every country across the globe. More than one million users use eBird web sites and mobile applications to submit data, share experiences, and explore the world of birds. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Key qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, and more than 3 years subsequent programming experience or equivalent combination.
  • At least two years' experience with software design and development, preferably with an object-oriented language.
  • At least one year experience writing SQL.
  • Experience integrating multiple system components into a coherent software system.
  • Experience collaborating on and maintaining source code using version control.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
  • Ability to work with others to solve problems and achieve common goals.
  • Ability to express highly technical terms in everyday language. Experience collaborating with a team of software developers and stakeholders.
  • Adhere to confidentiality practices when necessary.
  • Ability to work weekends or evenings when participating in the 24-7 on call duty rotation.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience building web applications or other software utilizing middle-layer services; Experience optimizing SQL; Experience designing and implementing web services using REST or other approaches; Experience designing and implementing software for microservices or SOA architectures; Experience with linux server system administration; Experience installing and configuring open source and commercial enterprise software.
  • Knowledge of or interest in birds, conservation, and natural science.

Science Writer

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Science Writer. Specific duties include:

  • Generate 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.
  • Gather relevant accurate information from primary and secondary sources to develop content.
  • Synthesize and organize information gathered; write original content that is scientifically accurate, accessible, and engaging for lay readers.
  • Assign work to freelance writers and provide training.
  • Manage schedules and 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 with a talented team of scientists, bird experts, programmers, designers, editors, and content managers to develop suites of interactive tools and content to engage diverse audiences in science, bird watching, and conservation.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent; at least 3 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.
  • Expertise in bird behavior, familiarity with diverse North American bird species, and strong bird-identification skills.
  • Experience writing about birds, wildlife, or natural history for lay audiences.
  • Familiarity with word processing, image processing, page design, and web publishing.
  • At least two years of experience in publishing as a science writer or editor for a nonacademic publication.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment requiring flexibility with different styles and approaches.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in science journalism or biology.
  • Strong expertise in bird identification for North, Central, and South American species.
  • Experience publishing digital content.
  • Written fluency in Spanish.

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.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, and minimum of 3 years subsequent programming experience or equivalent combination.
  • Two years' experience with software design and development, preferably with an object-oriented language.
  • Two years building web applications with Rails, Django, Spring, or similar.
  • One year experience writing SQL.
  • Experience integrating multiple system components into a coherent software system.
  • Experience with linux or Windows server system administration.
  • Experience collaborating on and maintaining source code using version control.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
  • Ability to work with others to solve problems and achieve common goals.
  • Ability to express highly technical terms in everyday language.
  • Experience collaborating with a team of software developers and stakeholders.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience writing HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.
  • Experience programmatically manipulating media and structuring metadata.
  • Knowledge of birds, conservation, and natural science.
Visa Sponsorship not available for this position; not eligible to apply. No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

User Interface Designer

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a motivated user interface designer to design web sites, mobile applications, and interactive visualizations in the Information Science program. Thousands of passionate, vocal participatns use Information Science products on a daily basis. This position will collaborate with world-class experts and development teams on challenging big data projects to advance science and conservation. Specific duties include:

  • Ensure products are usable, consistent, engaging, and professionally executed.
  • Translate complex, abstract requirements into designs that are easy for the general public to understand, use, and enjoy.
  • Gather and organize ongoing feedback about how design decisions impact users. Efficiently evaluate input and create solutions.
  • Create prototypes, information architecture, and visual designs for web and mobile applications. Code HTML/CSS/JavaScript. Conduct user research, gather requirements, and test usability.
  • Collaborate with small teams of application developers, subject experts, and other designers to improve existing functionality and create new features.
Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with relevant coursework, projects, and portfolio.
  • Demonstrated experience of two to three years designing and building user interfaces for web and mobile applications with concrete examples in real-world projects.
  • Solid knowledge of usability principles and techniques as well as fluency in information architecture for web and mobile environments.
  • Strong skills in visual design and typography for digital media.
  • Strong knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Familiarity with JavaScript, jQuery, prototyping processes, and related tools.
  • Familiarity with development processes for interactive web-based applications: progressive enhancement, responsive design, image and code optimization, page load, traffic analytics, and cross-platform browser compatibility.
  • Must be aware of current and developing trends of user interface design.
  • Demonstrable skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to convey design information in "laymen's terms."
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team while meeting tight deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with templates in a Java environment.
  • Experience working on teams with other developers.
  • Experience with workflow and version control systems in a team environment (e.g.: Git, Bitbucket, Gulp).
  • Experience designing and building data-driven visualizations, interactive maps, charts, graphs, and scientific illustrations.
  • Familiarity with theme development for WordPress or other content management system.
  • An interest in birds, science, and conservation is highly desired.
Visa Sponsorship not available for this position; not eligible to apply. No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

Visipedia Project Coordinator

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a motivated naturalist with expertise in a range of taxonomic groups, such as amphibians, reptiles, mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, and fishes. Specific duties include:

  • Lead a global search for curated sets of images and observations of charismatic animals.
  • In collaboration with computer scientists, develop a system to train computers to identify thousands of species in images.
  • Reach out to experts and communities with expertise in butterflies, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and other taxonomic groups to curate media and primary occurrence data. Media and data acquired will be integrated into the Macaulay Library, an archive of biodiversity media.
  • Assist with gathering requirements from staff and partners in order to develop new applications and tools to enable the community to contribute media and participate in the verification of identifications.
  • Contribute to the development of media upload tools, an application that enables experts to review identifications, and related tools for engaging the community and managing the media.
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, and tracking of the project by using project management tools that enable the project team to keep track of timelines, milestones, and deadlines.
  • Coordinate with team members in the Macaulay Library and Visipedia team to ensure project milestones and deliverables are met.

Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based on performance and available funding This position is based in Ithaca, NY.

Required Qualifications:

  • Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 6 months to one year's duration or equivalent, or Associates Degree; more than four years' experience working with communities, organizations, or institutions who gather media and observations of animals in the wild.
  • Experienced naturalist.
  • Deep understanding of mammals, amphibians, insects, fishes, and additional non-avian taxa is essential.
  • Proven skills in project management and coordination are essential, along with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with the Internet and basic data management is critical, along with a strong interest in using the Web as a tool to conduct research and engage and educate the public.
  • Mastery of common computer skills including Word, email, and Excel.
  • 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, and communities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally.
  • Ability to value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between 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.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree preferred. Formal training or coursework in field biology or disciplines such as entomology, herpetology, and mammology.
  • Interest in photography.

Web Application Developer - Android Apps

The Information Science Program designs, develops, and maintains applications and services for citizen-science and education projects. These projects engage the public to collect, archive, analyze and disseminate information about birds and their environments. Maintains the supporting web, application, database servers, and associated storage devices, which support a number of the Lab's web applications.

The Information Science Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Web Application Developer. Duties include:

  • Develop and maintain Android applications and related services for the eBird and Merlin projects. eBird, a real-time, online bird checklist program, is the world's largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resource, collecting millions of bird observations from the general public. Merlin is a bird identification system using eBird data, along with photos and recordings, to help novices identify birds. Upcoming projects include an 'in the field' data entry app for submitting bird observations to eBird, closely integrating native phone capabilities, including calendar, GPS, camera, and voice memos, and extending the Merlin Android app to add image-recognition functionality for identifying birds from a 'just taken' photo.
  • Work closely with a dynamic team of biologists, UI designers, application developers, database administrators, and computer scientists within a collaborative development environment.
  • Help guide overall Android development strategy and recommend best solutions for project requirements.
  • Utilize Android software development tools, team code repositories, and open source libraries and is expected to stay current with Android practices and processes (Java for Android, Android SDK, ADT, test distributions, Google Play submission, and analytics).
Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination.
  • A thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and web applications.
  • Proven experience in java programming and Android application development.
  • Experience using Android device features such as location, camera, and internet access.
  • Experience integrating with APIs and web services.
  • Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and verbal communication.
  • Proven experience in documenting and testing code.
  • Ability to learn technical material quickly.
  • Must be able to work independently and function effectively as part of a larger team.
  • Ability to establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
  • Proven experience in providing support to multiple areas.
  • Must be able to use sound judgment in decision making and in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature, balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 5 years of experience in computer or information science preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience working on substantial computer software and collaborating with a team of programmers on software projects is desired.
  • Experience designing and implementing responsive Android UI interfaces that accommodate multiple screen sizes, and degrade gracefully.
  • Experience with CBTs such as Titanium and PhoneGap.
  • Experience implementing rich internet applications.
  • Experience with relational database table design, SQL programming and performance testing.
  • Prior use and understanding of the eBird system.
  • An interest in birds, nature, biology, science, and/or conservation helpful.

Web Service Developer

Do you have some experience developing software, but want to become a web service developer? Want to be a part of a new team that focuses on building and operating infrastructure underpinning web and mobile applications which have global reach? Do you enjoy working in a collaborative environment? If so, you might be the right person to come work for the world leader in the scientific study and conservation of birds—and enjoy life in Upstate New York's gorgeous Finger Lakes!

The Web Service Developer will help create a robust web-service tier for web and mobile applications for the Information Science and Macaulay Library programs of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This position will collaborate with world-class experts and development teams to advance science and conservation. This is an opportunity for a less-experienced developer to work with and learn from experienced team members.

Core job responsibilities include working under the guidance of senior Infrastructure Team to:

  • Design and implement REST-based web services and transform existing software and systems into a service-focused architecture.
  • Automate deployment, monitoring, and scaling of services, incorporating cloud technologies as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other Infrastructure Team members, including DBAs, DevOps personnel, and system architects, to design and implement an operational infrastructure that supports automated testing, deployment, and scaling. Analyze metrics to improve efficiency.

About the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation with a mission to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and biodiversity to protect the planet. Founded in 1915, the Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization supported by 78,000 friends and members. Our vibrant community includes 200,000 citizen-science participants from all walks of life and 16 million friends online who connect with us at All About Birds. The Lab has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. We are guided by the belief that science points the way to effective conservation of the planet's birds and broader biodiversity. This organizational mission critically depends on our technical teams.

Projects include the Macaulay Library (ML) and eBird. The ML is the world's largest (over 250,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world. ML assets are media-based biological specimens, much like the specimens in more traditional biological collections, but that uniquely capture the behavioral traits of living organisms. eBird (ebird.org), one of the world's largest, fastest growing biodiversity databases, currently holding over 250 million observations of birds, with contributions from every country across the globe. More than one million users use eBird web sites and mobile applications to submit data, share experiences, and explore the world of birds. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Key qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, and more than one year subsequent programming experience or equivalent combination.
  • One year experience with software design and development, preferably with an object-oriented language.
  • Experience integrating multiple system components into a coherent software system.
  • Experience collaborating on and maintaining source code using version control.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
  • Ability to work with others to solve problems and achieve common goals.
  • Ability to express highly technical terms in everyday language. Experience collaborating with a team of software developers and stakeholders.
  • Adhere to confidentiality practices when necessary.
  • Ability to work weekends or evenings when participating in the 24-7 on call duty rotation.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience building web applications or other software utilizing middle-layer services; Experience writing and optimizing SQL; Experience designing and implementing web services using REST or other approaches; Experience designing and implementing software for microservices or SOA architectures; Experience with linux server system administration; Experience installing and configuring open source and commercial enterprise software.
  • Knowledge of or interest in birds, conservation, and natural science.

Internships

Kristen Rupert and John Foote Undergraduate Research Fund

Rupert/Foote Scholars engage in paid semester or summer internships in collaboration with a Cornell Lab of Ornithology faculty or staff member. These internships are specifically designed to engage students from across the Cornell community, especially 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 potentially interested in this program should discuss it with their Lab-based mentor or supervisor, or email Myrah Bridwell mb252@cornell.edu for more information. We welcome solicitations from students who are hoping to bring their skills to the Lab. Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Philip H. Bartels ’71 Scholars Internship

Bartels Scholars engage in paid, eight-week summer internships 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 potentially interested in this opportunity should discuss it with their Lab-based mentor or supervisor. Applications for the forthcoming summer are reviewed in March and April of each year. Bartels Scholars have been appointed for the summer of 2016.

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 web sites. 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 (work) or 607-342-4811 (cell).

Scholarships

The Francis M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat provides financial aid to a college senior or graduate student to study areas in the United States that provide winter or summer habitat for our threatened or endangered native birds. The award is given by the Garden Club of America and is administered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. For more information about this scholarship and how to apply, see the proposal guidelines. If you wish to apply, you will also need to submit a personal information form.

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 Lisa Kopp at lkopp@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2174.

Student Jobs

Working just a few hours a week provides you with a multitude of benefits. You will meet new people and adapt more quickly to your new environment. You will develop new skills and improve existing skills while building a network of contacts and good references that will ultimately increase your marketability for summer and post-Cornell jobs. Working part-time also helps improve your time-management skills. Not to mention you'll earn money to help cover some of your Cornell expenses!

To apply for the positions below, please send a cover letter and resume to the contact person listed. Full-time registered Cornell students are eligible to be considered for these positions.

IT Team Student Assistant

The IT Team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology supports research, administrative, and outreach functions at the Lab by providing a wide set of core IT services including administration and management of virtual server infrastructure, SAN/NAS storage, linux and Windows servers, printers, and desktops. The student assistant will work both independently and as part of the team to complete a variety of tasks and projects including: managing device and software inventories, building desktops with Casper and Configuration Manager, and developing scripts for monitoring and sysadmin.

This position will provide opportunities to work with a top-notch IT Team managing 250+ workstations, 50+ servers, and 500+TB of storage. This is a paid position 8-16 hours per week for Fall 2015 with possibility for Spring 2016 school year. We offer a flexible work schedule but time worked generally would need to be sometime Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. There is an on-demand bus route that serves the Lab (TCAT route 41). Free parking is available.

Required Qualifications

  • · The candidate must be a current Cornell undergraduate student, Federal Work Study preferred.
  • · Easily pick up new technical skills
  • · Attention to detail
  • · Dependable
Preferred Qualifications
  • · Familiarity with Windows and Mac operating system installations, updates, and upgrades
  • · Familiarity with Windows and linux scripting

Interested applicants should send a letter describing their interest and qualifications for the position along with a resume and contact information for at least two references to David Childs, IT Team Lead, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, dac388@cornell.edu.

BirdSleuth Assistant

BirdSleuth is a K-12 science curriculum program with resources developed and distributed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's education department. We provide resources and professional development to educators aimed at engaging K-12 students in their own scientific research, participation in citizen science, and connecting to local habitats. A dependable student is needed to work both independently and as part of the team to help with the administrative functions that are associated with a small business, such as maintaining participant databases, preparing and mailing materials, basic website work, and maintaining inventory. Depending on your skills and interests, you may be asked to assist with special projects such as designing and writing newsletters and blog posts, assisting with marketing and development, crafting social media messages to a large community of educators, and curriculum/resource development including writing and editing lessons.

Qualifications:

  • • Must be a current Cornell undergraduate student and quality for Federal Work Study.
  • • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • • Strong writing and editing background.
  • • Knowledge and interest in citizen science, birds, and the environment.
  • • Self-motivated, strong work ethic.
  • • Attention to detail.
  • • Dependable.
  • • Collaborative spirit.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • • Experience using Excel, Power Point, Survey Monkey, WordPress.
  • • Experience with social media writing.
  • • Prior work in educational settings and/or youth outreach programs.
This is a paid position, 8-10 hours per week for the 2016-2017 academic year. We offer a flexible work schedule, generally Monday to Friday 8AM to 5PM, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A free shuttle travels between Corson-Mudd and the Cornell Lab. There is an on-demand bus route that serves the Lab. Free parking is available.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications for the position along with a resume and contact information for two references to Stacie Mann, K-12 Resource Coordinator, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, slm355@cornell.edu. Visit www.birdsleuth.org for more information about BirdSleuth and www.birds.cornell.edu to learn more about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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