Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) is a nonprofit, member-supported organization renowned for its innovative work in science, communications, conservation, education, and citizen science. The Lab is a vibrant administrative unit of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Based in CLO's education program, the Bird Academy Course Developer plays a key role in furthering the mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by supporting online courses and educational websites through which curious people of all ages can learn more about birds and increase their scientific literacy. Collectively, the education program's web team is responsible for supporting tens of thousands of users and customers and more than a million views per year.
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Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Bird Academy Course Developer. Specific duties include:
Play a key role in the Lab's mission to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds by developing engaging content for online courses, quizzes, and interactive content.
Use expertise in education and instructional design skills to foster public engagement and outreach through the Bird Academy project at academy.allaboutbirds.org.
Provide authoritative and accessible information about birds to the public by working with content experts to develop courses and content for the Bird Academy educational platform.
Incorporate knowledge of effective teaching strategies into online content.
Deliver clearly written material and high-quality multimedia to support the learning goals of each product.
Use project management skills to meet production schedule.
Annual term appointment with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental science, communication, education or related field or other formal training of 4 years.
Strong background in instructional design, curriculum development, science outreach or equivalent experience.
Experience with teaching, natural history interpretation, or in science communication.
Ability to meet deadlines is essential.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and media manipulation (photos, audio, video).
Proven ability to work in a team environment where cooperation between colleagues and flexibility to different styles and approaches is required.
Experience developing web-based courses.
Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud products for manipulating media assets.
Experience in providing scientific content to the general public on the Web is helpful, as is experience in multimedia production (photography, videography, and basic photo and video editing).
Some experience with bird identification.
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