NY Breeding Bird Atlas Point Count Temporary Technicians (12)

Cornell University

Statewide, New York

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $19.25/hr
Deadline May 01, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The New York Breeding Bird Atlas III Abundance team at Cornell (https://ebird.org/atlasny) is hiring a team of 12 (twelve) point counter temporary technicians to conduct surveys throughout New York State during the summer of 2024 (start date: 5/18/24; end date: 7/6/24). 

The Temporary 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 sound and comfort working alone in remote areas is required. Off-trail hiking and prior experience estimating distances in the field are desired. Point counters will be trained and expected to deploy, retrieve, and 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. 


  • Technicians must be physically able to access on-road and off-road 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 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, laptop or tablet, and food. 


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. 


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Category Wildlife
Tags Ornithology