The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a major, globally focused institution for research, training, and public communication relating to birds and biodiversity, and is a vibrant unit within Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The Macaulay Library is one of eleven programmatic units that carry out the Lab's mission to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Macaulay Library (ML) is the world's largest (over 5 million 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. ML media specimens are used extensively in scientific research, having been cited for use in over 1000 scientific publications. They are also used for a variety of non-scientific purposes, including museum exhibits, educational resources, commercial products and artistic productions. eBird (ebird.org) is the main platform for collecting media from the community and collaborates closely with ML. eBird is one of the world's largest, fastest growing biodiversity databases, currently holding over 460 million observations of birds, with contributions from every country across the globe. More than one million users use eBird websites and mobile applications to submit data, share experiences, and explore the world of birds. Merlin Bird ID mobile app is one of the main delivery mechanisms and community engagement tools for the Macaulay Library. Other projects that collaborate with ML include The Birds of North America Online (birdsna.org), Neotropical Birds (neotropicalbirds.org), and All About Birds (allaboutbirds.org), which together provide life history accounts and identification assistance for every bird species in the western hemisphere.
Cornell provides great benefits that include professional development, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break) and superior retirement contributions.
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Communications Coordinator. Specific duties include:
Collaborate with the Macaulay Library, Merlin, and eBird project teams to develop and implement a comprehensive international communications strategy focused on community support, education, increasing participation, and improving data quality. This effort will include: 1) providing community support through direct communication and help centers; 2) developing and implementing a communications strategy for sourcing media contributions from the community; 3) developing and implementing a social media strategy for the Macaulay Library; 4) defining a strategy for engaging the community in improving data quality through annotation, vetting, and other systems; and 5) collaborating with other Cornell Lab programs to develop and deliver educational and training materials.
Collaborate with staff from across the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity.
Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. This position is based in Ithaca, NY.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or other formal training program of 4 years or equivalent; less than 3 year experience or equivalent.
Familiarity with birds, birding, the Macaulay Library, and eBird.
Proven skills in managing online communications are essential.
Familiarity and proficiency with the Internet and content management systems is critical, along with a strong interest in using the Web as a tool to conduct research, engage and educate the public.
Past experience writing and editing bird-related content.
Mastery of common computer skills including Word, email, and Excel.
Prior experience using social media outlets.
Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans and collaborate effectively with all levels of management, staff, new partners, funding agencies, eBird users, and visitors.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally.
Candidate will value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between all employees and partners.
Strong interpersonal skills.
High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
Ability to provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of the project and fulfill project objectives with very minimal supervision.
Ability to prioritize activities and multitask is essential.
Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese highly preferred.
At least two years' experience using Macaulay Library, Merlin, and eBird tools.
Experience with science-based communications.
Experience with managing multiple social media accounts for a project.
Experience with WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite (e.g. Photoshop, Audition) is helpful.
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