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  • Research Technicians for NY Breeding Bird Atlas Point Counts

    Jared Feura
    • Employer: Cornell University
      Location: New York State
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    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: 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. Applications must be submitted using the Cornell University System here: https://tinyurl.com/y8sp9jhj

    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 the 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

    Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

    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.

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