The Citizen Science Program at the Lab of Ornithology provides meaningful opportunities for the public to participate in collaborative scientific research to improve the status of birds through collective observation and environmental stewardship. The program creatively uses the power of the internet to build science-based conservation communities to tackle the complex issues of how to study and address environmental problems and their impacts on birds. Project goals involve varying blends of research and education/outreach. Audiences range from youth to adults, families, and in some cases groups underrepresented in the sciences.
Serve as Project Leader for Project FeederWatch, a continental bird research and education project involving > 20,000 citizen scientists. Coordinate all aspects of project delivery. Develop project materials including research kits, posters, and other scientific/educational products. Collaborate with information technology staff to further develop a dynamic and engaging web platform. Work with Lab scientists to ensure analysis and publication of project results in scientific literature. Edit Winter Bird Highlights, the project’s annual report. Collaborate with Communications staff to ensure publication of project results in popular literature. Serve as a primary media contact on issues related to bird feeding. Coordinate all interactions with project participants. Collaborate with Communications and Marketing staff to recruit new participants. Manage the project budget.
BS in biology, ecology, natural resources, or related field. More than two years experience or equivalent combination in ecological field research, along with demonstrated understanding of research methodology and field-based science education. Proven skills in project management and coordination are essential, along with excellent communication skills, including writing and public speaking. Expert knowledge of common feeder birds in North America and an understanding of the bird-watching mentality are required. Good working knowledge of current software, such as Word, InDesign, Excel, ArcGIS, and WordPress is required. Prior supervisory and project leadership experience. Must have prior budgetary experience.
Advanced degree highly preferred. Familiarity and proficiency with the World Wide Web are very important, along with a strong interest in using the Web as a tool to conduct research and educate the public. Opportunity for someone with an advanced degree in ecology to collaborate on research using FeederWatch and other citizen science data sets. Working knowledge of SAS, R, or SQL programming languages.
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