Apply for Research Awards Now!

Attention students and postdocs: it’s time to apply for AOS Research Awards! Awards are open to members (if you’re not a member yet, join AOS). See all eligibility information and application guidelines.

Deadline: January 27, 2017, at 12:00 P.M. EST.

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Job Announcement: Web Communications Specialist

The American Ornithological Society (AOS), a membership-based scientific society, seeks a highly motivated individual with the talent and creativity to deliver the Society’s online communications and social media. The successful candidate will have solid experience with online communication programs and services, including website development, social media, publicity, and content management. Strong writing and marking skills, proven interpersonal skills, and the desire to work in a mission-driven organization would be strong advantages. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone seeking to be part of a modern, nimble communications program in a growing professional society. The Communications Specialist will also be involved in society efforts to revise and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for the AOS.

Position Detail

  • The Communications Specialist is a part-time contractual position, 1 Jan through 31 Dec, 2017. Compensation is $29,000 for 25 hours per week, on average.
  • The successful candidate may be positioned in Chicago, or elsewhere.
  • Start date: as soon as the position is filled

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree with 1-2 years communications experience, preferably with an academic department, scientific or technical society, or nonprofit. 1-2 years writing, editing, and/or reporting scientific-related content.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing social media, HTML, and Photoshop
  • Working knowledge of a content management system (e.g. WordPress, Drupal), and ability to learn other systems are essential.
  • Effective time-management: proactive, efficient, ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and to plan for both short- and long-term projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with demonstrated standards for grammatical and visual consistency, function, and accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of people, including AOS employees, current/potential members, stakeholders and vendors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and interest in birds
  • Programming skills (e.g., PHP)
  • Experience with Drupal

To apply:

To view a detailed description of the position, click here.

Please submit a cover letter and CV (no more than two pages) in electronic format to: Crystal Ruiz, AOS Administrator. Closing Date: 30 December

The AOS is in an equal opportunity employer.

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About the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. The AOS publishes two international journals and a book series. The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North and Middle America, and in South America. The AOS also sponsors The Birds of North America Online in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The society is based in Chicago, with offices hosted at The Field Museum. For more information, see www.americanornithology.org.

Logo Contest: New Look for Merged Society

AOU and COS are merging, forming the new American Ornithological Society (AOS) to serve ornithologists and advance ornithology in the 21st century. To go with our new name, we are developing a new image to reflect who we are and what we are about—and we would love to have input from the ornithology community.

How do you think our new logo should look?  We invite you to submit original AOS logo designs or concepts, whether they are polished graphics files or hand-drawn sketches. The winning design will receive a $500 prize.

Deadline:  Saturday, 15 October, at midnight EASTERN

Submission:

  • Please email your entry to Dr. Mark Hauber at markehauber@gmail.com
  • Please submit an electronic file in jpg, png, gif, ai, or indd file format
  • Submissions must include your name and email address
  • Please include a short description of how the design represents AOS

Guidelines: We are looking for a logo or logo concept that captures the essence of AOS as a new organization. Entries will be judged for the style, creativity, and impact of a design that can be used in the web, email, and print materials of AOS. Entries may optionally include the name American Ornithological Society and tagline Advancing Scientific Knowledge and Conservation of Birds.

More about AOS: The mission of AOS will not depart from the complementary missions of AOU and COS: to advance the scientific understanding of birds and disseminate ornithological knowledge, to enrich ornithology as a profession and mentor young professionals , and to promote a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.

AOS’s vision is to provide an inclusive and stimulating professional home for ornithologists that supports members at every career stage, from students through retirement; to produce scientific publications of the highest quality and make them available to the widest audiences possible; to host intellectually engaging and professionally vital meetings; to pursue a global perspective; and to inform public policy on all issues important to ornithology and ornithological collections.

AOS’s long range goals are to:

  1. Sustain scientific impact through financial support for ornithological research
  2. Publish openly accessible ornithological research of the highest quality
  3. Pursue excellence in organizing and hosting annual conferences that meet the ever-changing needs of ornithology and ornithologists
  4. Excel in professional development for members at all stages of their careers
  5. Recognize and promote significant accomplishments in ornithology
  6. Create and connect a vibrant community of ornithologists throughout the Americas

Individuals serving on the panel of appointed judges are not eligible to submit entries. The contest winner must relinquish all rights to the design to AOS, which will be the sole owner of rights to the design. AOS may employ a graphic designer to finalize the winning design submission into an official logo. Decisions of the judges will be final.