Project Leader-Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program

Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York
Minimum $65,000 + benefits
Jan 19, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
Coastal Solutions Project Leader-Cons
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a motivated, interdisciplinary science professional to lead the creation and launching of an exciting new program: the Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program. The Program Director will have the unique opportunity to play an early and influential role in the Coastal Solution Fellowship Program, which will have a lasting positive impact on coastal ecosystems in Latin America.

Specific duties include:

  • Maintain an understanding of the latest science, coastal development, environmental challenges, solutions, and community of practitioners related to the Pacific Americas Flyway.
  • Communicate effectively across sectors (e.g., science, planning, development), recruit fellows, engage with partners, plan and execute the Program’s annual activities, and develop strategies to secure the long-term funding of the Program.
  • Build, train, mentor, and support a collaborative network of young scientists, developers, and planners who will design and implement new evidenced-based solutions to coastal environmental challenges in Latin America.
  • Build and maintain a network of Program partners across academia, NGOs, government, and the private sector.
  • The Project Leader will be encouraged to pursue research and publish findings related to shorebird and/or coastal conservation.
  • The Project Leader will work in collaboration with others to  fundraise for additional  Program support .

The position will be based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Ithaca, NY). This is a full-time 2-year appointment, with conditional reappointment dependent on satisfactory performance and available funding.


  • Master Degree or equivalent (required) or higher in a discipline related to environmental sciences, planning, architecture, or related fields.
  • 2– 4 years of experience in managing personnel and project budgets.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish with excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and clearly present project and research information in written and oral form.
  • Experienced in fundraising and grant writing.
  • Must be a science minded individual who has a strong interest in running and creating a multidisciplinary conservation project.
  • Outstanding leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work well with others while creating a high quality and respectful work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, mentor, and lead a broad range of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated abilities to organize and oversee complex projects, complete tasks in a timely and effective manner, and negotiate partnerships with advisors, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Willingness and ability to travel both nationally and internationally as necessary to perform tasks.
  • A solid understanding of shorebird ecology and wetland conservation along the Pacific Americas Flyway is desirable.
  • A solid understanding of coastal ecosystems, development and planning in Latin America is desirable.
  • A proven track record in past work related to program management and mentorship is desirable.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Please send a single pdf file containing a letter of application outlining qualifications and experience for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three references.  Email to or in hard copy to Sue Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 291A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY  14850.  Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez at   Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.