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Join Our Team as a Research Support Specialist I at the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University!
Are you passionate about wildlife conservation work and wanting to make difference in preserving our natural world? If you're eager to make an impact and be part of a dynamic team, then we invite you to explore this exciting opportunity with us!
About The Department
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.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab’s K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics (Yang Center) is one of six programmatic centers within the Lab. Its mission is to collect and interpret sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across multiple ecologically relevant scales to inspire and inform the conservation of wildlife and habitats. Our highly interdisciplinary team of scientists, educators, engineers, students, and research support personnel is working with many national and international collaborators on a wide variety of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine bioacoustic research projects tackling conservation issues worldwide.
The lab group led by Dr. Connor Wood (connormwood.com) focuses on quantitative population ecology supported by landscape-scale acoustic monitoring programs and cutting-edge machine learning tools, notably the BirdNET algorithm.
About The Opportunity
The California Spotted Owl, one of three subspecies of Spotted Owl, is distributed throughout the Sierra Nevada and the mountains of Southern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently indicated that the Southern California population segment will be listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act, a decision driven by concern that the Owl’s population in that region is declining substantially. Yet basic information like the distribution of Spotted Owls outside a few core areas in Southern California remains unknown.
The Research Support Specialist will collaborate closely with Dr. Wood to develop and implement a pilot study to assess the efficacy of passive acoustic monitoring as a tool for both spotted owl conservation and forest management decision support across four national forests in Southern California.
The Research Support Specialist will take a primary role in developing and implementing an acoustic monitoring pilot study in Southern California. The incumbent will be involved in the full life cycle of the project.
Assist to design a passive acoustic survey effort for Spotted Owls that can be applied across four National Forests in Southern California. This includes contracting with local field support personnel and managing all logistical arrangements. The survey design will be an extension of an existing program and implementation will require flexible and creative thinking.
Lead the field effort during a 3-month field season that will include driving on rough roads, some hiking in backcountry settings, and substantial data management.
Manually review Spotted Owl data generated by the BirdNET algorithm, a cutting-edge machine learning tool, and contribute to a final report summarizing the distribution of this at-risk bird.
The Research Support Specialist must foster and maintain excellent working relationships with coworkers, collaborators, students, and customers from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. This requires approaching all matters with an open mind, a sense of curiosity, a service-minded attitude, and diplomacy.
This is a full-time, one year term position with full benefits.
Physical requirements include driving on rough roads, some hiking in backcountry settings, occasionally lifting over 40lbs, travel to field sites with extended time in the field.
What We Need
Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience with ecological field research with at least one season of leadership experience in a field setting.
Ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license; experience driving 4WD vehicles on rough roads.
Ability to carry heavy loads (40lbs) through rough terrain on and off trail; ability navigate with map and compass or GPS.
Proficiency with statistical and sound analysis software (Excel, R, and Raven Pro).
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving, including in field settings where independent initiative is required.
Ability to work independently, manage competing priorities, establish realistic goals, and deliver work on schedule.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including scientific writing.
Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and wellbeing.
Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Ability to travel to the field site when necessary. Position may require some evening and weekend work.
Preferably you will have a Master of Science in biological or ecological sciences, plus;
Experience conducting passive acoustic surveys;
Familiarity with occupancy modeling;
Familiarity with the ecology and biology of Spotted Owls;
Field experience in Southern California or the Sierra Nevada;
Experience reviewing and analyzing research data and making recommendations to improve projects;
Experience writing project reports for stakeholders and contributing to grant proposals;
Experience using BirdNET software tools.
Rewards and Benefits
This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement; the hybrid schedule will be determined at the time of hire. The university reserves the right to modify, suspend, revoke or terminate the hybrid or remote work arrangement at any time.
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University Job Title:Research Support Spec I
Job Family:Academic Support
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Pay Range:$58,660.00 - $62,270.00
Remote Option Availability:Hybrid Remote
Contact Name:Denise Smith
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Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.2023-09-15