The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where twelve world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.
The Cornell Lab has created the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program. The objective of this unique program is to build a community of early-career leaders from the academic, private, and non-profit sectors that are working on new approaches to coastal development and ecosystem management. The Coastal Solutions Fellows Program will support early-career planners, developers and scientists from Latin America to collaboratively design and implement new solutions to tackle current challenges facing coastal ecosystems and communities.
Cornell provides great benefits that include professional development, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break) and superior retirement contributions.
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Project Assistant. Specific duties include:
Support the coordination and administration of various aspects of the Coastal Solutions Fellow Program. This will include supporting the logistical and financial management of the program, providing coordination of the fellow selection process, planning and organizing meetings/retreats, marketing the program, planning and implementing program activities, coordinating partnerships with other organizations, and supporting collaborations and project implementation by the Fellows.
Interact with various partners and fellows, and includes occasional travel out of the country.
The position will be supervised by the Project Leader for the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, and based in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.
This is a full-time 1-year appointment, with conditional reappointment dependent on satisfactory performance and available funding.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
Associates Degree in Environmental Sciences, Administration or similar fields.
At least one year of experience on project management and/or coastal conservation.
Must be bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish language.
Excellent knowledge of informatics software (Office suite).
Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively to all levels of management, staff, donors, new partners, funding agencies, fellows, and visitors are critical.
Takes initiative, is detailed oriented and is creative in addressing challenges.
Works independently but knows when to ask for assistance.
Prior experience with project management, budget oversight, and tracking all aspects of a complex project.
Must have experience managing partnerships, and contracts with collaborators.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff internally and externally.
Candidate will value teamwork and be able to stimulate cooperation between all employees and partners.
Strong interpersonal skills.
High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
Provide high level of initiative to anticipate needs of the project and fulfill project objectives with very minimal supervision.
Ability to prioritize activities and multitask is essential.
Ability to travel internationally when necessary; must obtain and maintain valid passport.
Bachelors or Masters degree.
Basic database management helpful.
Knowledge of coastal ecosystems and/or shorebirds is a plus.
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