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  • Avian point count technicians NY BBA III

    Guest Kelly Perkins
    • Employer: Cornell Univeristy
      Location: statewide, New York
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Temporary Research Technicians for NY Breeding Bird Atlas Point Count (11 openings)

    Employer: Cornell University

    Location: New York State

    Country: United States

    Employment Dates: 7 weeks; approximately 18 May – 6 July 2023

    Full-time positions (40 hours/week)

    The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

    Job Description: The New York Breeding Bird Atlas III (https://ebird.org/atlasny) is hiring a team of 12 (twelve) point counter temporary research technicians to conduct surveys throughout New York State during the summer of 2023.

    The Temporary Research Technicians will conduct avian point count surveys at assigned roadside locations and some off-road locations, record distances and behavior codes of individual birds, and enter data into a database. Surveys will occur on both public and private land in all habitat types in New York State. Excellent bird identification skills by sight and song and comfort working alone in remote areas is required. Point counters will be trained and expected to use automated recording units.

    This is a great opportunity to travel and contribute meaningfully to the conservation of bird populations in New York State through documenting the nearly 250 species of birds breeding in the State.


    Research Technicians must be physically able to access survey locations and be able to identify all New York land and water birds by sight and sound.

    Candidates should have experience collecting data in the field and maintaining proper fieldnotes.

    Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to work early mornings and long hours in a variety of conditions.

    Will be expected to work independently, follow all protocols, and navigate by GPS on and off-road.

    Successful candidates will be very organized and possess excellent communication skills.

    Experience conducting songbird point counts desired.

    Prior experience working alone is a plus as is ability to interact with private landowners.

    Compensation: $19.25/hour. Hotels and a rental vehicle and/or mileage reimbursement will be provided. Technicians are responsible for providing their own binoculars, smartphone, and food.

    Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.

    Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

    To Apply:

    Apply online at:


    Please include a cover letter and resume or CV indicating your interest and qualifications, location preference (if any), and the names and contact information (email and phone) of 2-3 references, including at least 2 that can attest to your birding skills.

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