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The Bioacoustics Research program (BRP) within the Cornell Lab of Ornithology collects and interprets sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across multiple ecological scales to inspire and inform conservation of wildlife and habitats. BRP is involved in a complex mixture of organized and departmental scientific research, commercial, outreach and educational activities.
Field Research Technician
Equipment Technician IV - Band D
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Bioacoustics Research Program is currently seeking a Field Research Technician. Specific duties include:
Conduct marine and terrestrial field operations for BRP.
Organize project logistics according to project specifications to ensure that the project meets the research objectives of the study. This includes preparing and packaging equipment and support gear, coordinating with vessels or other needed field support organizations, and monitoring weather conditions.
Facilitate project communications between scientists, collaborators, and support personnel.
Assist with grant proposals and the development of scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.
Provide training and technical assistance to internal and external researchers that are using data collection equipment in the field.
May have to work off-hours or on weekends due to urgent business needs (on call hours).
Follow established lab safety procedures and ensure a safe working environment both in the lab and in the field.
Attend trainings as required for fieldwork and other duties.
Produce, maintain, inspect, configure, deliver, deploy, and recover marine and terrestrial data collection equipment and research gear.
Test, trouble-shoot, and make technical adjustments or repairs to research equipment, often in the field.
Prepare and submit work orders, project plans, cruise plans, project summary reports, and other technical documents as needed.
Coordinate the return of lost and found research equipment.
Assist in the maintenance and operation of the R/V Jaeger and/or other watercraft obtained by BRP for its research purposes. This includes conducting maintenance and troubleshooting, overseeing yard-work and capital improvements, and following the policies and procedures as developed by the Captain of vessel to ensure regulatory compliance.
Coordinate vessel operation with academic and research needs to ensure safe and timely support of research goals.
Implement marine/vessel safety and environmental management procedures as required.
This position requires significant travel, both domestic and international, including extended periods at sea. Evening and weekend work frequently required to support research projects and program activities.
Formal training beyond a HS Diploma of 1 to 2 years and more than 2 years related experience.
Must have a good understanding of topography, bathymetry, and latitude/longitude systems.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Must be able to prepare and maintain field records according to established protocols.
Basic understanding of electrical and mechanical systems, assembly and testing.
Ability to regularly lift more than 50 lbs.
Must have a solid understanding of lab and field safety procedures, and have demonstrated ability to make sound, safe decisions while working in dynamic environments in which many activities are occurring simultaneously.
Solid understanding of when and where safety gear is required and how to use safety gear such as exposure suits, hard hats, steel-toed boots, etc.
Must have strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated customer service skills.
Must be able to interface with marine vessel and research personnel that sometimes do not speak English.
Must be comfortable working in an environment where change in process/procedures is the norm.
Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license and passport, and be able to travel domestically and internationally.
Must be able to obtain and maintain US Merchant Marine Physical and must be willing to obtain required vaccinations for international travel.
Experience with ERSI products, or similar mapping system.
Ability to monitor and interpret meteorological data helpful.
Experience with spectrographic analysis of animal sounds helpful.
Experience performing terrestrial surveys and positioning of recording instrumentation.
Ability to operate a drone and maintain a drone license.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
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