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.

Bird Academy Course Developer

The Education Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Bird Academy Course Developer. Specific duties include:

  • Play a key role in the Lab's mission to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds by developing engaging content for online courses, quizzes, and interactive content.
  • Use expert knowledge of bird identification and biology to foster public engagement and outreach through the Bird Academy project at academy.allaboutbirds.org.
  • Provide authoritative and accessible information about birds to the public by developing courses and content for the Bird Academy educational platform.
  • Incorporate knowledge of effective teaching strategies into online content.
  • Deliver clearly written material and high-quality multimedia to support the learning goals of each product.
This is a part-time 30-hour per week position. Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science, or related field or other formal training of 4 years.
  • Strong background of coursework related to birds and biology or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with teaching or in science communication.
  • Ability to meet deadlines is essential.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and basic facility in media manipulation (photos, audio, video).
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment where cooperation between colleagues and flexibility to different styles and approaches is required.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduate work in ornithology or biology.
  • Expertise in bird identification.
  • Experience developing web-based courses using learning management systems.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud products for manipulating media assets.
  • Experience in providing scientific content to the general public on the Web is helpful, as is experience in multimedia production (photography, videography, and basic photo and video editing).
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply. Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.

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.

Senior Director - Administration and Business Operations

The Senior Director will work collaboratively in support of the Lab's mission by leading and supervising all administrative and business operations; participating as a member of the Lab's senior management council; prioritizing and facilitating daily decision-making in the administrative, operational, and business management of the Lab; helping set annual and long-term objectives in alignment with Lab's strategic initiatives; advising Executive Director on key issues and taking responsibility for all necessary details; overseeing development of the annual budget (total operating budget of close to $30 million); serving as a critical link between the Lab and CALS, plus other Cornell communities. Key responsibilities will be to:

  • internalize the Lab's mission and strategic initiatives, to understand and strengthen all essential components of the Lab, which include research, extension, and education;
  • function as the chief financial officer of the Lab, establishing and monitoring annual budget, developing financial projections and strategies, stewarding financial resources from a variety of sources, implementing best practices for day-to-day financial operations, consulting with development and other Lab staff on donor proposals, providing oversight of grant and contract proposals, and preparing detailed financial reports for the finance committee of the Lab's administrative board, with consolidated reports for the full administrative board;
  • provide administrative leadership, support, and coordination within a milieu of many strong and entrepreneurial programs;
  • prepare and review a wide variety of service contracts, seeking guidance from legal counsel, risk management, technology licensing and procurement services;
  • oversee institutionalization of the Lab's working procedures and infrastructure, and maintain close working relationships with all levels of management and staff. Build and foster key partnerships with Lab program directors, other sectors of the university, CALS and with the Lab's Administrative Board with respect to non-academic matters and be charged with effectively communicating and collaborating with these units on campus to benefit the Lab. Work in partnership with CALS Business Service Center, CALS Human Resources, Facilities and IT Service Area to ensure that operations are structured to meet departmental needs and comply with University and college policies;
  • under the direction of a board of directors and investment committee, serve as fiscal agent for the Friends of the Cornell Lab (FCLO), a 509(a)(3) supporting organization;
  • provide direct supervision, direction, and mentorship to staff within Operations Team, which includes finance, facilities, academic administrative program support, and HR services; in conjunction with college leadership, supervise staff in facilities, human resources, and finance; participate as a member of the Lab's management council which provides advice and counsel to the Executive Director.
  • play a leadership role in developing and executing the Lab's Strategic Plan and make it operational; support and facilitate innovative and effective interdisciplinary program management, and consistent application of new and existing university and college systems, policies, and procedures that support unique and non-traditional academic programs. Establish and implement departmental operational policies and procedures in conjunction with the Executive Director as appropriate.
  • oversee risk management of the Lab.
  • high visibility position with high level of responsibility and confidentiality.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree, MBA, or other formal four-year training program in business administration, organizational development, human relations, or related field required.
  • 5-7 years of managerial, supervisory and financial experience or equivalent combination within the business and academic sectors.
  • Strong working knowledge of budgeting and accounting policies and practices; grant and contract management; human resource policies, laws and procedures; risk management; and conflict management and contract negotiating required.
  • Ability to oversee finances in a complex institution, including ability to develop/mentor team members and establish credibility as an effective developer of budgets and strategic financial solutions.
  • Must have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people are essential.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills are critical.
  • A proven ability to manage multiple areas, events, and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Must be naturally curious and responsive to ever-changing needs with evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain collaborative and effective work relations with all levels of management, staff, administration, and academic personnel (within the Lab, College, University and Administrative Board).
  • Proven leadership ability including effectiveness in working with creative individuals and a large scope of responsibilities.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, and to use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
  • Must be comfortable working in a high-performance work environment where results are measured and where adaptability in process/procedures is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information, regularly prepare and deliver cogent presentations to administrative board, Lab leadership and staff of all levels.
  • Prepare and review a wide variety of service contracts, seeking guidance from legal counsel, risk management, technology licensing (CTL) and procurement services.
  • Strong interest in mission and vision of the Cornell Lab.
Preferred Qualifications:
Management experience within not-for-profit and/or academic institutions, including working with and communicating to supervisory Boards; experience and familiarity with biodiversity sciences, educational outreach, and/or information technologies strategies; experience working with partner institutions and organizations.

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

Software Engineer

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Software Engineer. Specific duties include:

  • Collaborate with the Visipedia Project Coordinator, who will reach out to communities with images and expertise in butterflies, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and other taxonomic groups to curate media and primary occurrence data.
  • Work with a team of developers in the Macaulay Library and Information Science and Technology programs at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to build applications that ingest media and associated metadata into the Macaulay Library (macaulaylibrary.org), an archive of biodiversity media.
  • Currently, online upload capabilities are restricted to birds and uploaded via eBird (ebird.org).
  • A focus of the Visipedia project is to develop a suite of applications and partnerships that will enable the community to upload images and associated metadata for groups such as moths, dragonflies, butterflies, and mammals.
  • The resulting collections of curated data will be packaged and made available for scientific research, including use as comprehensive, accurate training datasets for the computer vision and machine learning communities.
  • Work with Cornell Lab staff and partner organizations to define technical requirements for new applications and features within the current infrastructure.
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, and tracking of technical aspects of the projects.
  • Coordinate with Macaulay Library, eBird, and Visipedia team members to ensure project milestones and deliverables are met.
Application development projects are likely to include:
  • Media upload tools for the community to contribute media and associated metadata for non-avian taxonomic groups.
  • Tools that enable both the community and experts to review identifications.
  • Tools for engaging the community in managing the media they contribute and adding metadata (such as bounding boxes, part annotations, or quality ratings) to media contributed by others.
  • Tools for packaging and delivering data for scientific research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, and a minimum of 1year of programming experience or equivalent combination.
  • One year experience with software design and development, preferably with an object-oriented language.
  • One year building web applications with Java, 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.
  • Adhere to confidentiality practices when necessary.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree and 5 years of experience in computer or information science preferred.
  • Experience with Oracle SQL, and ORM frameworks (Hibernate).
  • Experience implementing SPAs using AngularJS or similar, HTML5 and CSS3.
  • Prior experience with Spring Framework, REST, and JavaScript MVC frameworks.
  • Experience managing Linux-based Java application servers.
  • Previous experience with content management or web publishing systems.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of or interest in natural history and conservation.
  • Experience managing a large amount of images or media archives.
Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding. 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.

Sponsorship Assistant

The Development Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Sponsorship Assistant. Specific duties include:

  • Provide strong customer service and high level, confidential support for the Director of Corporate Marketing Partnerships.
  • Research, identify and approach lowest level of sponsorship ($2,500) with an eye towards cultivating additional sponsors to generate revenue.
  • Coordinate and manage portfolio of "self-serve" sponsors who will contract for a set of specific services.
  • Identify prospects for this level and work with Director to create sales materials and approach.
  • Assist in reporting sponsorship activities back to Cornell Lab units through the sponsorship steering committee and through specific individual meetings.
  • Manage the tracking of all contract deliverables and coordinate delivery of assets from Lab programs to sponsors.
  • Serve as first point of contact for project leaders and assistants carrying out sponsor promotions.
  • Track sponsorship loans.
  • Create, distribute, and track deliverables and invoicing for multiple attributes of sponsorship contracts.
  • Handle travel reimbursements, as well as transportation, lodging, and travel itineraries for the Director of Corporate Marketing Partnerships.
  • Design and implement eNews specifically for sponsors that would include reusable content for sponsor sites and publications.
  • Create and maintain sponsorship website.
  • Create and maintain sponsor database and a project management system.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree; with at least 6 months experience of equivalent.
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven skills in narrative and persuasive writing, editing copy and documents, and proofreading.
  • Strong planning and project management skills; ability to balance competing priorities and work well under deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills: MS Excel, MS Word, FileMaker, etc.
  • Must be able to work under pressure with a great deal of initiative.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Effective problem solving and the ability to work well with others.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing multiple projects and priorities.
  • History of reliability and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, and good management skills.
  • Must be able to work independently while supporting the efforts of an overall team. Prior project coordination and report generation experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Cornell online systems.
  • Familiarity with Cornell account systems.
  • Prior experience with Raisers Edge helpful.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of internet marketing tools such as inbound marketing software, Facebook, blogs, etc. helpful.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.

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.

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!

We will be hosting a volunteer information session on September 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lab of Ornithology. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Kopp.

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.

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