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  • Research Coordinator for NY Breeding Bird Atlas Point Counts

    Jared Feura
    • Employer: Cornell University
      Location: Ithaca, NY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The New York Breeding Bird Atlas III (https://ebird.org/atlasny) is hiring a Research Coordinator to lead efforts in measuring relative abundance of breeding birds statewide.

    The coordinator is responsible for assisting in study design; selecting point count survey locations; developing training and survey materials;

    Hiring, training, and supervising temporary technicians for summer 2023 and 2024; and managing data and ensuring data quality;

    Assist with additional research projects such as being responsible for managing passive autonomous recording unit (ARU) equipment to be deployed at point count locations and overseeing targeted surveys for specific groups of birds with low detectability (e.g., grassland and marsh birds);

    Expected to work in close collaboration with other Atlas staff and team members.

    This is a term position with full benefits. The term of this position is through July 15, 2024.

    Required Qualifications

    Associate’s degree or equivalent and 2 to 4 years relevant experience or equivalent combination .

    Must have experience with point count protocols, distance sampling, study design and implementation, data management.

    Advanced skill in geographic information system (GIS) software is required.

    Candidates must be able to identify all land and water birds in New York State by sight and sound and have extensive field experience.

    Must be willing to do field work across the state of New York and to work irregular hours when needed.

    Willingness to learn new methods and techniques.

    Must be personable, flexible; possess excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral). Motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment.

    Ability to work autonomously, and make decisions that will result in desired outcomes for projects.

    Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and database management.  Ability to work with spreadsheets and databases.

    Detail oriented and able to strictly adhere to standard operating procedure. 

    Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals. 

    Ability to change work assignments when needed. 

    Physically able to lift  10lbs – 20lbs, bend and strength.

    Awareness that protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. 

    Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.  Background check will be required. 

    Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.

    If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you! Additional preferred qualifications include:

    Bachelor’s degree in relevant biology and natural resources field.

    At least 1 year of experience or equivalent in a field of biology Advanced research experience and a M.S. degree preferred.

    Knowledge of relevant statistical analysis (e.g. hierarchical models) preferred, but not required. 

    Experience with ARUs (specifically swift units) is desirable.

    Experience supervising technicians to complete tasks in an efficient manner.

    How to Apply:

    You must submit both a Resume and Cover letter. 


    When applying through our system, please attach your application materials (resume and cover letter). You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. If you are an internal employee, please log in to Workday.

    For any questions contact Dr. Angela Fuller: angela.fuller@cornell.edu

    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

    As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

    University Job Title:

    Research Aide IV

    Job Family:

    Academic Support


    Pay Rate Type:Hourly

    Pay Range:$21.90 - $25.24

    Remote Option Availability:Fully Onsite

    Company:Contract College

    Contact Name:Denise Smith

    Number of Openings:1

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