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.

Android App Developer

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. Additionally, the program 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 seeking an Android App 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.

Bilingual Outreach Specialist

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Bilingual Outreach Specialist. Duties include:

  • Serve as the Bilingual Outreach Specialist for Celebrate Urban Birds (CUBs) and BirdSleuth at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • Develop, pilot test, and produce project materials in both hard copy and online formats.
  • Develop and implement workshops for group leaders, informal educators, youth and partner organizations, in both English and Spanish.
  • Support curriculum development and teacher professional development.
  • Initiate, cultivate and maintain collaborations with partner organizations in the United States and Latin America.
  • Represent Cornell Lab of Ornithology by working directly with partner organizations; this will entail travel to remote international locations.
  • Collaborate in planning mass media efforts and represent to the media the science, education and outreach objectives of the project.
  • Communicate with organization leaders and participants.
  • Report on project status, progress, and issues to the CUBs Project Leader and Manager of K-12 Programs.
  • Write for online and print newsletters, blogs, social media, as well as publications outside the Lab.
  • Collaborate with evaluation staff to develop appropriate evaluations for measuring project outcomes.
  • Identify program needs.
  • Initiate, coordinate, and develop presentations, and present at conferences and other public speaking engagements.
  • Translate, supervise translations, and edit Spanish text for print and web materials in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Handle high volume of work, independently carry out project assignments, coordinate multiple tasks, and meet competing deadlines.
  • Coordinate detail of projects and prioritize workflow to ensure successful completion.
Annual term with possibility of renewal based upon performance and available funding. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, biology, natural resources, or related field.
  • More than 2 to 3 years' experience or equivalent.
  • Proven skills in project management and coordination are essential.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking in both English and Spanish.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or commitment to working with underserved audiences.
  • Solid understanding of methods used in formal and informal science education and environmental education.
  • Must be personable, flexible and possess excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people is essential.
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Ability to work well with others and supervise staff while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment.
  • Establish effective working relationships with a wide variety of faculty, staff, and students as well as outside participants.
  • Able to work quickly, effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent, balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions that require creativity and innovation.
  • Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in process is the norm.
  • Ability to work independently is required.
  • Travel is essential for the project; must obtain and maintain valid passport.
  • Interest and knowledge of birds required.
  • Demonstrated fluency in English and Spanish.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree.
  • Experience with inner-city environment highly preferred.
  • Experience in science education, research methodology, field and inquiry-based instruction.

Interactive Web Designer

Citizen science engages the public in professional scientific research through the web. Current web properties and projects in the Citizen Science program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Lab) include celebrateurbanbirds.org, feederwatch.org, nestwatch.org and yardmap.org. Project goals involve varying blends of research and education/outreach. Audiences range from youth to adults, families, and groups underrepresented in the sciences. These sites collectively engage tens of thousands of users annually with page views in the millions.

The Citizen Science Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking an Interactive Web Designer. Duties include:

  • Design all web/mobile properties in the Citizen Science program at the Lab.
  • Design the user experience and the visual presentation of Citizen Science web and mobile properties including web sites, mobile apps, games, quizzes, data entry applications, data visualizations, interactive features, and community engagement tools.
  • Propose and implement new design approaches for engaging the public and creating communities via web/mobile channels.
  • Collaborate with Citizen Science staff and obtain guidelines for integrating the scientific, educational, and marketing goals for new and existing web/mobile properties.
  • Collaborate with Citizen Science staff and evaluators to determine user requirements and ensure the most effective design of our web properties for creating large, inclusive science and conservation communities.
  • Collaborate with project teams and back-end developers to integrate educational tools, scientific data entry interfaces, databases, and data graphing and visualization tools into web and mobile properties.
  • Conduct usability testing of prototypes and existing designs.
  • Collaborate with staff in the Lab's Communications and Marketing programs to ensure that web/mobile branding of citizen science projects is integrated with other projects at the Lab.
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' experience in commercial or academic web design projects, preferably working with a web/mobile production team.
  • Commanding knowledge of WordPress, CSS, jQuery or other JavaScript framework, AJAX, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Experience with design and development of data-driven web visualizations.
  • Fluency in best practices for web-based information architecture and design, as well as strong knowledge of usability principles and techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience with building user interfaces across a range of platforms including desktop and mobile.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of user interface design considering cross-platform browser issues, responsive design, and interactive web-based applications.
  • 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.
  • Ability to organize the workflow for projects, help establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
  • Must demonstrate experience writing project requirements and soliciting feedback from collaborators.
  • Experience working in a collaborative team and working directly with software development engineers for implementation of designs.
  • Excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people is essential.
  • Must be comfortable working in a dynamic environment where change in process is the norm.
  • Ability to exercise leadership at meetings about web design.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with additional JavaScript frameworks and tools such as Angular, Backbone, D3, Node, less, grunt.
  • Experience working in both Mac and Windows operating system environments.
  • Well-developed illustration and artistic skills.
  • Experience in typographic layout and design.
  • Experience with vector and CSS animations.
  • Experience in project coordination highly desirable.
  • An interest in birds, nature, biology, science, and/or conservation helpful.

iOS App Developer

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. Additionally, the program 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 an iOS App Developer. Duties include:

  • Develop and maintain iOS 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 iOS 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 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 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 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.

iOS Application Developer

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology 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. Additionally, the Lab maintains the supporting web, application, database servers, and associated storage devices, which support a number of the Lab's web applications.

The Citizen Science Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking an iOS Application Developer. Duties include:

  • Develop and maintain iOS applications and related services for the Lab's Citizen Science projects. These projects include Celebrate Urban Birds (celebrateurbanbirds.org), NestWatch (nestwatch.org), Project FeederWatch (feederwatch.org) and YardMap (yardmap.org), which collectively engage > 100,000 people / year in interacting with, observing, and reporting on birds and the natural environment.
  • Our goal is to move through these projects systematically to develop iOS apps that integrate multiple tablet/phone capabilities, including calendar, GPS, and camera/sound recording.
  • Work closely with a dynamic team of biologists, educators, UI designers, application developers, database administrators, and computer scientists within a collaborative environment.
  • Collaborate with existing app developers who are responsible for coordinating overall iOS development strategies and recommend best solutions for project requirements.
  • The work will include developing "in the field" data entry applications for such tasks as mapping habitat and objects in habitat, and associating locations with data on birds, habitat, and practices undertaken to protect birds, as well as associating photos, video, and sounds with a location.
  • 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, Swift, test distributions, App Store 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 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.
  • Interest in birds, nature, biology, science, and/or conservation.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3 years of experience in computer or information science preferred.
  • 3 years' experience working on substantial computer software and collaborating with a team of programmers on software projects is desired.
  • Experience with xCode, Swift and CBTs such as Titanium and PhoneGap.
  • Experience implementing rich internet applications.
  • Familiarity with relational database table design, SQL programming and performance testing.
  • Prior use and understanding of citizen science platforms.
  • Interest in birds, nature, biology and conservation.

Senior Director, Development and Philanthropy

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Senior Director for Development & Philanthropy: Duties include:

  • Work collaboratively in support of the Lab's mission by leading and supervising all fundraising operations
  • Participate as a member of the Lab's senior management council
  • Prioritize and facilitate high and mid-level pipeline donor development, capital campaign management, planned giving, special gifts, and foundation and corporate relations
  • Oversee and supervise the annual fund and membership team
  • Set annual and long-term objectives in alignment with Lab's strategic initiatives
  • Advise Executive Director on key issues and take responsibility for all necessary details
  • Oversee the management and direction of the annual development and direct response budgets
  • Serve as a critical link between the Lab and Alumni Affairs and Development, plus other Cornell communities
  • The Lab currently has over 80,000 active donors and a strong opportunity for additional relationship cultivation due to the Lab's web presence with over 5.5 million web visitors per year.
  • Internalize the Lab's mission and strategic initiatives, to understand and strengthen all essential components of the Lab, which include research, extension, and education
  • Guide the vision and direction for all fund-raising initiatives for the Lab, a strong, mission-driven, not-for-profit organization
  • Provide direct supervision, direction, and mentorship to an agile staff to implement a broad range of objectives involving donor development, annual fundraising, and membership-recruitment
  • Manage the involvement of the Executive Director and other program directors with major donors and new prospects, and help prioritize travel schedules for development-related visits and events
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Cornell's Vice President and Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) to set capital campaign and annual fundraising goals
  • Maintain strong and collaborative working relationships with the University's Division of Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D), integrating efforts of the Lab with efforts of the Division
  • Provide leadership and guidance related to engagement and fundraising strategies within a milieu of many strong and entrepreneurial programs
  • 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
  • Play a leadership role in executing the Lab's Strategic Plan; identify innovative and effective strategies to support and sustain unique and non-traditional academic programs
  • Participate as a member of the Lab's management council which provides advice and counsel to the Executive Director.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 5-7 years of successful leadership experience in development and major gift cultivation or the equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience, involving not-for-profit organizations.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills as well as outstanding oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Proven leadership and relationship management experience is required.
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with varied internal and external constituencies.
  • Must have proven supervisory experience, and ability to direct, manage and mentor a diverse team of professional staff.
  • Must be able to establish performance standards and manage staff performance.
  • Must create and maintain an atmosphere of confidentiality, where the staff, who will have access to and work with very personal and sensitive information, completely understand the University's and the Lab's confidentiality policies and procedures.
  • Must commit to travel on a regular basis, including some evenings and weekends, and must occasionally accommodate travel on short notice.
  • Must be exemplary in exercising sound judgment and the highest ethical standards.
  • Ability to deliver compelling and informative presentations to varied audiences, from hobby enthusiasts and Lab members to Administrative Board members and major donors.
  • Prior experience developing and managing annual and external vendor budgets.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with growing, managing, and mining large databases of donors and potential donors strongly preferred; experience with use of social networking and Internet-driven strategies for growing lists of contacts and donors preferred.
  • Development experience within not-for-profit and/or academic institutions, including working with and communicating to supervisory Boards.
  • Familiarity or interest with biology, ecology, ornithology, nature, and/or conservation.
  • Experience with donors in informal and unconventional settings (i.e. field trips).
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), databases (Filemaker and Access), Blackbaud Razor's Edge, and Networked Information Systems (Peoplesoft).

Web Application Programmer

The Education Program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology offers a wide range of projects that provide resources and experiences for people of all ages, in person and on the web, in school and in informal learning environments.

The Education Program at the Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Web Application Programmer. Duties include:

  • Work under the supervision of the project leader, with program staff, and with a web designer to create the architecture for the Bird Biology Website for public audiences and develop interactive elements including flexible navigation and sorting tools, games and quizzes for the site.
  • Create web application functionality, utilizing forms and databases, navigation and search functions, website analytics, and seamless incorporation of graphs, visualization tools, and rich media.
  • The ultimate goal in developing these innovative web resources is to inspire curious people of all ages to learn more about bird biology.
  • Develop and maintain a suite of interactive online features for Education web sites. These features will serve as the foundation for web-based projects that collect information or responses, store them within a relational database, and provide meaningful feedback and access to information through data visualizations.
  • Develop and manage workflow, maintain schedules and timely delivery of product, and develop fully documented code.
  • Collaborate with Communications staff and other Lab teams to ensure that applications are compatible with existing and projected future hardware and software systems and integrated with other web-based projects at the Lab.
  • Work will require a high level of face-to-face collaboration with Education Program staff and a web designer.
  • User requirements will be determined in collaboration with Education staff and directors to ensure the most effective strategies for creating interactive, responsive, and educational web experiences.
Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon availability of funding. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with up to two years relevant education or equivalent experience.
  • A thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and web applications is essential, as well as experience with the complete software development lifecycle.
  • Demonstrable experience in the following areas: 1) web application development - Java/J2EE/Spring, or other high-level programming language (Python, Ruby, C#) and web frameworks; HTTP; 2) interactive client-side website development - JavaScript/AJAX, or ActionScript/Flash/Flex; HTML5/CSS; browser compatibility issues; usability; 3) database-driven application development.
  • Good interpersonal skills and diplomacy required with a variety of domain experts, as well as the ability to help establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently, and be equally capable of working with the supervisor to prioritize projects and to regularly communicate status and progress.
  • Ability to customize and maintain content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in computer or information science preferred.
  • Previous experience with content management or web publishing systems.
  • Experience implementing rich internet applications.
  • Experience with Java, Oracle SQL, XML manipulation, XSL transformation, schema design.
  • Prior experience with WordPress, AngularJS.
  • Prior experience collaborating with on a team on software projects.
  • Proven experience writing application requirements, architecting applications, and documenting code.
  • Experience with search engine optimization, website analytics, and optimizing content for mobile devices preferred.
  • Experience and background in biology, natural resources or conservation science desirable.
  • Experience in educational technology highly desirable.

Web Developer

Renowned as a center for bird study, science, technology, and outreach, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, but functions as an independent nonprofit environmental organization with more than 70,000 active members and donors. The Cornell Lab's All About Birds website receives more than 11 million unique visitors each year and serves as a major online publishing and lead generation platform for the Lab.

The Cornell Lab is seeking a talented and motivated Web Developer to join the Web Communications team. This unique opportunity will have responsibilities on several platforms from All About Birds to our Engaging Networks donations pages. Duties include:

  • Create innovative solutions in fundraising and public engagement on its various websites.
  • Work on All About Birds and other Web Communications projects.
  • Conceptualize, organize, implement, and provide growth of all programming systems for the Lab's Communications and Marketing team, including web applications, content management systems, server infrastructure, etc.
  • Collaborate with the designer to implement/update designs in WordPress and ASP.net sites.
  • Perform quality assurance based on existing procedures or project requirements.
  • Ensure cross-browser compatibility and mobile optimization for all projects.
  • Develop and implement DevOps scripts and procedures to increase deployment efficiency and consistency between server environments.
  • Create and maintain a consistent business layer standard so various Lab applications can share data and communicate with each other.
  • Experiment with hybrid app development.
  • Evaluate and recommend new technologies and techniques.
  • Work with Membership and Development to create user-friendly, mobile optimized financial transaction pages to increase financial support of the Cornell Lab.
  • Provide technical web and mobile assistance for a range of key initiatives with emphasis on efforts to meet the fundraising and communication goals for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • Lead the functional and technical design, development, testing, integration, and ongoing support of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's donation pages and lead capture efforts.
  • Work will require a high level of face-to-face collaboration with Membership and Development staff, Communications staff, and our external fundraising partners.
Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based upon performance and available funding. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree with up to two years relevant education or equivalent experience.
  • A thorough understanding of object-oriented programming and web applications is essential, as well as experience with the complete software development lifecycle.
  • Demonstrable experience in the following areas: 1) web application development using Asp.net, C#, Ruby, php, and other languages and frameworks; 2) interactive client-side website development – JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, HTML5/CSS; bootstrap or other responsive front-end frameworks, browser compatibility issues; 3) database-driven application development - MSSQL; object-relational mapping tools.
  • Good interpersonal skills and diplomacy required with a variety of domain experts, as well as the ability to help establish realistic goals and deliver work on schedule.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently, and be equally capable of working with the supervisor to prioritize projects and to regularly communicate status and progress.
  • Ability to customize and maintain content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal, and experience in syndicating content to other websites with XML/APIs, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Experience integrating remote applications and third party utilities with resident web applications.
  • Ability to translate design and functional requirements into technology and web design options.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in relational database design, conceiving and implementing ecommerce applications, resolving access and security issues, GUI, navigation and some web site design experience.
  • Familiarity with QA/QC conventions.
  • Ability to balance interesting design and innovation with usability.
  • Appreciation of and attention to usability and accessibility standards.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in team environment.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked, team-based environment.
  • Must be able to manage multiple competing deadlines and be able to prioritize work with minimal input from supervisor.
  • Ability to build working relationships to solve problems and achieve common goals.
  • Able to adapt to changing priorities, situations, and demands.
  • Quality assurance and customer-service experience.
  • Prior training experience; ability to express highly technical terms in layman's terms.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in computer or information science preferred.
  • Previous experience with content management systems and fundraising platforms such as Engaging Networks.
  • Experience in fundraising, advocacy, or marketing is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is a plus.
  • Experience with Java, Oracle SQL, RESTful API, Ruby on Rails.
  • Prior experience working on computer software and collaborating with a team of programmers on software projects.
  • Proven experience writing application requirements, architecting applications, and documenting code.
  • Experience working as part of a team.
  • Experience with search engine optimization, website analytics, and optimizing content for mobile devices preferred.
  • Passion for conservation, nature, wildlife, and non-profit mission is desirable.

Internships

To apply for an internship, send a cover letter and resume to the contact person listed. Most internships are unpaid but hours are flexible and course credit is possible. Minimum commitment is generally six hours per week. Cornell undergraduates are eligible to be considered for a limited number of paid internships each year. The Nancy Horton Bartels ‘48 Scholars gift supports Cornell undergraduate interns at the Lab during the summer. The Kristen Rupert and John Foote Undergraduate Research Fund supports the engagement of Cornell undergraduates at the Lab, with preference given to students involved in interdisciplinary projects with other colleges, departments, and units at Cornell.

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.

The Walter E. Benning Fund provides scholarship assistance to a Cornell University graduate student studying ornithology and its relevance to conservation. The annual award is about $500. Apply by January 15 of every year by submitting a short (two page maximum) proposal describing your research, relevance to conservation, schedule of completion, and funding. Mail to Irby Lovette, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

Volunteers

Interested in leading bird walks in Sapsucker Woods, helping in the visitors’ center at the Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, or becoming a docent? For more information, please contact us at 254-2473 or (800) 843-2473.

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.

BirdSleuth Student Assistant -Business, K-12 Education Program

BirdSleuth is a K-12 science curriculum program with resources developed and distributed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's education department. The BirdSleuth program aims to engage K-12 students in their own scientific research, encourage student participation in Citizen Science, and lead educator professional development. The student assistant will work both independently and as part of the team to complete a variety of tasks and projects including; drafting sales and marketing messages, preparing materials for workshops and teacher trainings, packing materials for shipment, organizing supplies and maintaining inventory. This position will provide opportunities to work with educators and explore ways to communicate environmental issues to K-12 students.

This is a paid position 8-10 hours per week for the 2015-2016 school year. We offer a flexible work schedule but generally Monday to Friday 8am 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 and qualify for Federal Work Study.
  • Excellent communication and organizational 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, and WordPress
  • Experience with social media writing
  • Prior work in educational settings and/or youth outreach programs
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 Lisa DeRado, K-12 Resources Coordinator, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, ld85@cornell.edu. Please visit www.birdsleuth.org to learn more about the K-12 program and www.birds.cornell.edu to learn more about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

BirdSleuth Student Assistant- Business, K-12 Education Program

BirdSleuth is a K-12 science curriculum program with resources developed and distributed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's education department. The BirdSleuth program aims to engage K-12 students in their own scientific research, encourage student participation in Citizen Science, and lead educator professional development. The student assistant will work both independently and as part of the team to complete a variety of tasks and projects including; drafting sales and marketing messages, preparing materials for workshops and teacher trainings, packing materials for shipment, organizing supplies and maintaining inventory. This position will provide opportunities to work with educators and explore ways to communicate environmental issues to K-12 students.

This is a paid 20 hour summer position. We offer a flexible work schedule but generally Monday to Friday 8am 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 and qualify for Federal Work Study.
  • Excellent communication and organizational 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, and WordPress
  • Experience with social media writing
  • Prior work in educational settings and/or youth outreach programs
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 Lisa DeRado, K-12 Resources Coordinator, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, ld85@cornell.edu. Please visit www.birdsleuth.org to learn more about the K-12 program and www.birds.cornell.edu to learn more about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

BirdSleuth Student Assistant- Communications, K-12 Education Program

BirdSleuth is a K-12 science curriculum program with resources developed and distributed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s education department. The BirdSleuth program aims to engage K-12 students in their own scientific research, encourage student participation in Citizen Science, and lead educator professional development. The student communications assistant will work both independently and as part of the team to complete a variety of tasks and projects including; writing and editing lessons, drafting feature stories, blog posts, social media messages and general data entry. This position will provide opportunities to work with educators and explore ways to communicate environmental issues to K-12 students.

This is a paid 20 hour summer position. We offer a flexible work schedule but generally Monday to Friday 8am 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 and qualify for Federal Work Study.
  • Excellent communication and organizational 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, and WordPress
  • Experience with social media writing
  • Prior work in educational settings and/or youth outreach programs
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 Lisa DeRado, K-12 Resources Coordinator, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, ld85@cornell.edu. Please visit www.birdsleuth.org to learn more about the K-12 program and www.birds.cornell.edu to learn more about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

BirdSleuth Student Assistant- Communications, K-12 Education Program

BirdSleuth is a K-12 science curriculum program with resources developed and distributed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's education department. The BirdSleuth program aims to engage K-12 students in their own scientific research, encourage student participation in Citizen Science, and lead educator professional development. The student communications assistant will work both independently and as part of the team to complete a variety of tasks and projects including; writing and editing lessons, drafting feature stories, blog posts, social media messages and general data entry. This position will provide opportunities to work with educators and explore ways to communicate environmental issues to K-12 students.

This is a paid position 8-10 hours per week for the 2015-2016 school year. We offer a flexible work schedule but generally Monday to Friday 8am 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 and qualify for Federal Work Study.
  • Excellent communication and organizational 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, and WordPress
  • Experience with social media writing
  • Prior work in educational settings and/or youth outreach programs
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 Lisa DeRado, K-12 Resources Coordinator, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, ld85@cornell.edu. Please visit www.birdsleuth.org to learn more about the K-12 program and www.birds.cornell.edu to learn more about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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