The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity. A vibrant unit within Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Lab has 12 interdisciplinary programs directed by full-time faculty and staff. The Macaulay Library (ML) is the world's largest (over 5,000,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world.
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Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Macaulay Library is seeking a Media Editor with expertise in video and birds to join a team that will gather and archive video from contributors across the globe.
Create short video productions focused on natural history, identification, and other topics related to the mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, optimized to increase engagement through social media and other online channels.
Edit short videos to showcase bird behaviors in reference collections, including the Birds of North America, Bird Academy, and All About Birds.
Lead an effort to define and implement a workflow and protocols for archiving video material collected by the Lab's Multimedia department and by external video contributors.
Seek new video collections and build partnerships with the goal of acquiring videos of all the birds of the world and other taxa, thereby expanding the breadth and depth of the collection.
Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. Based in Ithaca, NY.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent; less than 5 years experience with current video production technology and practices.
Experience with Adobe Premiere and Audition, Avid Media Composer, and/or other digital editing software.
Academic coursework or formal training in biology, ecology and/or environmental science.
Knowledge of bird species and ability to identify birds using reference material.
Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
Able to work collaboratively to set priorities and manage projects.
Able to work quickly and effectively under clear timelines, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Comfortable working in an environment where change in process, procedures, and priorities is the norm.
Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver's license.
Ability to travel to remote field locations when necessary.
Undergraduate or post-graduate degree in media production.
Practical employment experience in digital video production, with an emphasis in science and natural history, information gathering, storytelling or reporting.
Practical field experience filming natural history or birds.
Familiarity with digital and tape based post-production workflows, including media compression.
Working knowledge of color correction software (such as Resolve), codecs, transcoding, and extracting embedded data.
Experience with narrative story editing for general audiences.
Advanced academic coursework in biology and environmental sciences.
Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
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