The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity. A vibrant unit within Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Lab has 6 centers led by full-time faculty and staff. The Center for Avian Population Studies (CAPS) focuses on three broad goals: 1. Collect and curate massive amounts of data on birds; 2. synthesize, analyze and interpret these data through basic and applied research and by developing innovative tools for data visualization to understand, monitor, and predict species distributions, movements, trends, threats, and habitat health across the globe; 3. Collaboratively develop science-based products to support conservation efforts of partners and offer workshops and training programs to build capacity in scientists, practitioners, decision-makers, and the private sector to monitor species and habitat health, set priorities, identify novel solutions, and make decisions that improve the sustainability of the planet.
eBird is the primary mechanism through which bird data are gathered at the species level and is transforming the manner in which scientists, practitioners, and decision-makers access, analyze, and apply data to fuel discovery and address real-world problems.
eBird's goal is to unlock the power of a global network of birdwatchers to gather massive quantities of quality data by developing novel mechanisms to engage and reward participants of all levels, and by collaborating with governments, NGOs, and universities to use the eBird infrastructure for a variety of projects. eBird is poised to become the definitive resource for monitoring the status and trends of birds at continental and global scales, and to do this it is critical to ensure high levels of data quality.
The eBird Project Leader is responsible for ensuring data quality across all aspects of eBird and will lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with CAPS staff, other Lab programs, and global partners around eBird data quality. The eBird Project Leader will with work with CAPS leadership to set overall strategies to ensure data quality needs align with the Lab's mission and strategic priorities. In collaboration with the CAPS Leadership Team; build strategic partnerships with institutions (e.g., other NGOs; universities, governments) and individuals (e.g., professional guides, expert birders); develop goals and priorities for eBird engagement that will ensure eBird data meet requirements of these communities; provide guidance and contribute to the development of online tools and other mechanisms/strategies to ensure data quality; and organize and conduct training workshops in collaboration with other Lab programs and partners. Basic functions and responsibilities include the following:
Data Quality Management: In collaboration with other leaders in CAPS, develop and implement strategic plans and projects to increase the quality of contributions to eBird at a global scale. Facilitate communication, coordination and high-level collaboration with research groups, institutions, NGOS and other collaborators around the world, particularly with respect to improving data collection and bird identification skills.
Outreach, Training and Engagement: Provide outreach and engagement direction for eBird. Lead and manage all aspects of the creation and implementation of education and training materials for eBird users to improve their data collection and bird identification abilities.
: Contribute to the identification, preparation and securing of funding proposals in support of eBird to develop novel approaches for engaging the public in scientific research. This may include recruitment of corporate and institutional partnerships, in addition to foundations or government funding.
Project Management: Provide day-to-day functional leadership by overseeing projects and managing workflows, including setting priorities, coordinating individual and group activities and managing activities to meet project deadlines. Facilitate communication within and across teams to ensure that project goals/deadlines are met.
Full time position located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is note available for this position.
Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences, museum studies, information sciences or other relevant field. More than 3 years of experience with a combination of: using/curating biological research collections, using audiovisual media for scholarly activities, large-scale digital asset management initiatives, and/or biodiversity informatics data management projects and initiatives. Advanced identification skills and experience with birds. Advanced sound and video recording, and/or photography experience. Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders. Demonstrated record of success in large-scale project leadership and management. Experience with audiovisual media recording technology, manipulation and archival practices, with emphasis on birds and natural history. Experience using audiovisual media collections for research, formal and informal science education, and/or public outreach. Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint , etc) required. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver's license. Must be able to think critically and make a positive contribution to ML's and the Cornell Lab's mission.
Advanced degree in biology or related field. Demonstrated track record of obtaining extramural funding. Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students. Advanced knowledge and multiple years of experience using eBird.
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