Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking an Associate Producer for the Center for Conservation Media.

The Center is a full-scale video production and communication strategy group established to disseminate science in forms designed to advance high-priority environmental conservation initiatives. We work with scientific institutions, conservation practitioners, local communities, and organizations around the world to produce and distribute authoritative, science-based documentaries, short-form video productions, data visualizations, and multi-media exhibits to impact priority issues that are integral to sustaining species, ecosystems, and human livelihoods.

The Center is seeking an Associate Producer (AP) to lead logistical production preparation and field support associated with assigned projects. The AP is a core member of the production team and is involved in all aspects of production editorial and logistical planning and execution, from story development through to project archive.

What You Will Do

The AP’s primary responsibility is to organize and support filming assignments (e.g. natural history, character interviews, etc.) often in challenging conditions such as mountains ranges, tropical forests, and extreme climates. When not in pre-production or on location, the AP provides project editorial support. The AP may also assist with other Conservation Media research and/or responsibilities as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead and execute pre-production prep (scout location, establish talent relations, draft production budgets, execute complex travel arrangements and logistics, identify and hire qualified production crew, etc.)

  • Perform production support duties on location (assist the production crew, log and capture media, resolve unforeseen logistical conflicts, etc.)

  • Conduct story research to identify leading scientists, organizations, or individuals to advise and include in production efforts.

  • Assist with equipment budgets including research and recommendation for new gear.

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in biology, communications, policy or related fields.

  • Minimum two years of professional work experience in documentary, television, or wildlife filmmaking.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the filmmaking/field production process from a technical and logistical standpoint.

  • Experience coordinating and executing production logistics (budgets, schedules, project management), production travel planning (arranging flights, accommodations, transportation, visas etc.) for field or location filming.

  • Demonstrable ability to manage complex tasks in a timely and effective manner.

  • Experience liaising with scientists, students, and other external stakeholders.

  • Experience interpreting science publications and principles and summarizing concepts and communicating findings to inform media storytelling (e.g., documentary, educational, or public online communications).

  • Comfortable in field assignments living in close quarters on location for up to several weeks in spartan conditions with other field staff.

  • Maintain a valid passport and US driver’s license.

  • Able to carry 50lbs in active, working environments.

We view these additional qualifications as incredibly helpful in this role:

  • Advanced training or degree in ornithology, ecology, or other natural sciences with evidence of broad biological knowledge.

  • Knowledge and awareness of conservation planning and policy work.

  • Interest and expertise in birds and birding.

  • Assistant camera and/or sound recording experience including technical troubleshooting.

  • Proficiency/familiarity with video editing software and post-production workflow.

  • Professional experience in a capacity that regularly incorporates communicating science for the purposes of conservation and/or science education.

  • Fluency in Spanish.

This position is located at the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.

What We Offer

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation leave, health and personal leave, 13 paid holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year’s Day), and superior retirement contributions.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.

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University Job Title:

Multimedia Editor

Job Family:

Communications/Marketing

Level:

E

Pay Rate Type:

Salary

Company:

Contract College

Contact Name:

Denise Smith

Number of Openings:

1

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