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.

Ecological Statistician - Research Associate

The Information Science and Technology Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking to hire an ecological statistician at the level of Research Associate to lead the analysis of data from a large biodiversity data set from the eBird citizen science project in order to estimate species distributions and relative abundances of the Western Hemisphere's shorebird species across their full annual life cycles. This work entails both basic and applied research in order to advance methods for the construction of species distribution models (SDM) that use eBird data. The successful candidate will work within the existing SDM research team and be responsible for directing the development, deployment, and refinement of SDMs focused on shorebirds.

Additional activities include participating in weekly analysis meetings; working extensively with avian biologists in the Information Science and Technology, Bird Population Studies and Conservation Science programs to understand patterns of occurrence and distribution, as well as strategic and tactical pathways, for migrating birds; participate in a collaborative advisory role to lead research into the construction of SDMs for birds; promote interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration; participate in writing peer-reviewed publications, disseminating results at conferences, and the preparation of funding proposals. The position requires collaboration with external partners in academia, government, and industry.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in ecology, statistics, wildlife biology, or related field; and must be highly proficient understanding of the analysis of avian field research, migration biology, processing and analysis of large datasets, and publication of scientific results.
  • Knowledge of managing large datasets and statistical processes to estimate species distributions is essential.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work as part of a diverse team, including researchers and technicians within various programs at the Lab of Ornithology, as well as collaborators in outside organizations.
  • Must have a record of original independent research and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience securing funding for research and development grants and/or contracts required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have a record of successfully reporting and meeting schedules and milestones research projects that involve multiple stages, complex budgets, and several participants.
This is a full-time, 3-year appointment pending renewable funding.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send a single pdf file containing a letter of application outlining qualifications and experience for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three references. Email to set2@cornell.edu or in hard copy to Sue Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 291A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Steve Kelling at stk2@cornell.edu. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

iOS Software Engineer

The iOS Software Engineer will develop and maintain iOS applications and related services for the eBird and Merlin projects. eBird is one of the largest repositories for biodiversity data with over 300,000 active data contributors to eBird who submit almost 100 million observations of birds annually. Merlin is a bird identification system using eBird data, along with photos and recordings, to help novices identify birds and has an audience of more than 1 million users. Data from these projects have been used in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications that are shaping research in a diverse variety of fields including ornithology, ecology, human-computer interaction, computer science and statistics. Collaborations and data use extend to a broad range of entities from research initiatives in Information Science, other Lab of Ornithology programs, other departments at Cornell University, external academic institutions, governmental departments and agencies in the U.S. and abroad, NGOs and private companies.

Work closely with a dynamic team of biologists, UI designers, application developers, database administrators, and computer scientists within a collaborative development environment. The developer will help guide overall iOS development strategy and recommend best solutions for project requirements. Utilize iOS software development tools, team code repositories, and open source libraries and is expected to stay current with iOS practices and processes (iOS SDK, Xcode, test distributions, App Store submission, and analytics). Annual term appointment with possible renewal based upon performance and available funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 3 years relevant experience or equivalent combination.
  • A thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and web applications.
  • Proven experience in native iOS programming and mobile application development.
  • Experience using iOS device features such as location, camera, and internet access.
  • Experience designing and implementing native iOS UI interfaces and integrating with APIs and web services.
  • Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and verbal communication.
  • Proven experience 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 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.
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.

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.

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.

Lead Application Developer - Habitat Network

The Citizen Science Program is currently seeking a Lead Application Developer. Specific duties include:

  • · Serve as the Habitat Network Lead Programmer by providing functional direction of programmers responsible for application design and development related to Habitat Network.
  • · Develop, code, test, and maintain web applications in service of Habitat Network and other projects.
  • · Resolve user issues in collaboration with citizen science education and research specialists.
  • · Exercise leadership in managing the IT architecture behind projects delivered by a team of project leaders, web designers and database experts in Citizen Science.
  • · This involves overseeing a development environment that is designed to crowd source data collection and provides dynamic web functionality including maps and advanced data visualizations.
  • · The suite of applications focus on habitat mapping/conservation (www.habitat.network), bird monitoring (FeederWatch.org), nest monitoring (NestWatch.org), and citizen science experiences for underserved audiences (CelebrateUrbanBirds.org), all in service of the Lab's conservation, research, and education missions.
  • · These projects require use of software development tools including JavaIDEs, Gitcode repositories, issue trackers and open source libraries.
  • · Software produced by the Citizen Science Program generally uses Java, JavaScript, Linux servers, and Oracle Databases.
Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and availability of funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with more than 3 years and less than 5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of degree and experience.
  • Thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and web applications is essential, with knowledge and experience in Java programming.
  • Prior experience effectively collaborating with a team of programmers on software projects.
  • Proven experience designing and implementing user interfaces, APIs, and web services.
  • Experience with dependency injection frameworks (e.g. Spring).
  • Evidence of capacity to work with and lead a technical team.
  • Ability to establish realistic goals for the team and deliver work on schedule.
  • Experience implementing rich internet applications and single-page applications, using JavaScript libraries (e.g., Angular and jQuery).
  • Demonstrable skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and written and verbal communication.
  • Proven experience writing application requirements, architecting applications, and documenting code.
  • Ability to design and construct substantial computer software, to work effectively on a skill-diverse team, and to learn technical material quickly.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree and at least 4 years' experience in computer or information science or equivalent.
  • Previous experience with content management or web publishing systems.
  • Experience with GIS server software (GeoServer, QGIS, Spatial SQL).
  • Experience with JSON and XML interchange formats.
  • Familiarity with Maven/Gradle (Java-based, open-source build frameworks), Gulp/Grunt/Bower (Javascript build frameworks).
  • Prior experience with Hibernate, Spring and object-oriented JavaScript.
  • Experience managing Linux-based Java application servers.
  • Prior experience designing/deploying relational database schemas.
  • Prior experience managing a team working on diverse application development projects.
  • Interest in bird watching, avian science, ecology and/or conservation mission of the Cornell Lab.
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.

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.

Summer Science Writer Position

Are you a Cornell undergraduate who would love the opportunity to share your passion for birds and writing with the public through science communication? Gain valuable hands-on experience in reporting, writing, and production in a full-time science-writing position at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology this summer. Work with the Lab's science editors to develop story ideas and pitch them for publication by Living Bird magazine, the All About Birds website, or other Cornell Lab channels. Bring your ideas to life and share scientific insights with your readers by interviewing scientists or students and weaving their voices into your story. Produce compelling print or online articles, including opportunities to assist with production related to photography, illustration, multimedia, fact checking, editing, and digital content management.

This 8-10 week position is supported by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Science Communication Fund, thanks to Jay Branegan '72 and Stefania Pittaluga. Work up to 39 hours per week at $15 per hour. To apply, you must be a Cornell undergraduate. Prepare a cover letter that explains your interest and qualifications; resume including experience related to writing or journalism; and two examples of your writing that best demonstrate your ability to connect with a general audience on topics related to science and nature. Send your application to Hugh Powell, senior science editor, at hdp8@cornell.edu. Deadline for applications: March 1, 2017.

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!

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.

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.

Public Information Assistant

We seek a creative and energetic undergraduate student with a strong interest in ornithology and public outreach to assist with the communication and customer service of the CornellBirds inbox. The CornellBirds inbox sees over 80,000 bird-related questions from around the world.

Working with Lab staff, tasks may include

  • Monitoring the CornellBirds inbox and Lab phone line and responding to questions from the general public by effectively prioritizing and utilizing FAQs, online resources, and the guidance of the Public Information Specialist
  • Researching, editing, and drafting new FAQs as needed
  • Based on correspondence trends, creating template answers for commonly asked questions or categories of questions
  • Tracking trends, themes, or issues to share with Lab staff
  • Regularly working to streamline the efficiency of inbox operations
  • Special Requirements:
  • Basic Requirements:
  • Interest in ornithology, particularly birds and birding in North America
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Web research
Contact Marc Devokaitis, Public information Specialist 607-254-2453 or mjd356@cornell.edu

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