4 April 2017
Dear members of the American Ornithological Society:
The AOS is embarking on a new effort to increase diversity and inclusion in our Society. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey to help us understand our current diversity and develop strategies for becoming a more diverse and inclusive Society. Feel free to send the link to other colleagues who may not be current members of AOS. Please complete the survey by April 30.
Thank you in advance for your time.
Steve Beissinger, President, American Ornithological Society
Kevin Omland, Chair, AOS Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
AIBS is hosting a professional development opportunity with the theme geared toward helping scientists develop interdisciplinary skills. The program is a two day course open to any scientist that works in a collaborative setting. There is no education or work experience level required.
Some of the skills that will be developed or covered in this course (as seen on the program website):
Engage in collaborative scientific ventures;
Eliminate barriers to effective team science;
Execute the factors that make collaborations successful;
Build the right scientific team;
Perform with a variety of personalities and work approaches;
Create a team roadmap;
Enact the five keys to leadership;
Develop effective communication strategies and techniques
Facilitate scientific collaborations; and,
Apply practical solutions for team science concerns.
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.
It’s here! Visit the new OSNA Member Portal to join or renew membership in the American Ornithological Society. (Check out the benefits of membership.) This portal serves all of the Ornithological Societies of North America, including the Association of Field Ornithologists, Raptor Research Foundation, and Wilson Ornithological Society.
Former members of the recently-merged American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society can now renew as members of AOS. Life Members of AOU or COS now have AOS life memberships and need not renew (but can use the portal to update personal information, join other societies, or donate!).
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Knowledge of and interest in birds
- Programming skills (e.g., PHP)
- Experience with Drupal
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.
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.