Here’s a sample of “real” detailed job descriptions you’ll likely see in the jobs database.
AV Equipment Assistant
Position requires some experience with audio-visual and photographic equipment or a technical aptitude. Provides courteous, professional, and supportive service to equipment users. Checks out, renews and checks in cage equipment at the circulation desk. Explains basic operation of equipment, as necessary. Ensures equipment is in good condition upon return. Performs minor repairs/basic maintenance. Might require helping with equipment set-up, trouble shooting. May be assigned library circulation projects. May perform complex tasks such as item record creation and modification to assist with technical services types of work, or assist the reserve supervisor with some of the more complex reserve processing tasks.
This is essentially a data-entry position within the Herbarium. Successful applicants will be well organized, dependable, have excellent attention to detail, have experience with databases and data entry, and have a background in biology. You will spend time scanning archival mycological photos or entering information on preserved archival mycological specimens, while practicing quality control and minimizing errors. You must be able and willing to spend long periods of time in front of a computer entering data. A background in biology (more specifically botany and/or mycology) is preferred. Knowledge of basic plant and fungal nomenclature, and herbarium techniques is helpful. Those experienced with File Maker Pro 11, Photoshop, Excel, and Biota are highly encouraged to apply.
Student Writer Intern
We're looking for several writer interns to develop articles for the Cornell Chronicle/Chronicle Online, covering events, lectures, programs, etc. Interns also develop their own story ideas, including profiles and news article, working with the managing editor. Students with science background may have the opportunity to cover scientific topics. Excellent writing skills. Some journalism experience preferred but not necessary.
Student Research Assistant
Assist in research project aimed at understanding the effects of eutrophication in estuaries on element cycling and biotic production. The job will primarily involve analysis of water samples, general lab upkeep, and data entry. Responsibilities include: Assisting lab technicians with nitrogen and phosphorus analyses of seawater samples, following established protocols; preparing samples for analysis; preparing chemical solutions; acid washing glassware; entering data using standard spreadsheet software. The successful applicant will work on a coordinated schedule with laboratory research technicians. Ability to follow established protocols accurately, take careful notes, and complete tasks reliably on schedule. Also, must coordinate and work well with others in the laboratory. An interest in ecology (ecosystem, marine, freshwater), biogeochemistry, and/or environmental science and related coursework is preferred, especially analytical or aquatic chemistry.
Assist with basic administrative functions of an office. Must have good communication and organizational skills. Ability to work with various publics necessary. May be required to assist with special projects (i.e., research files to provide content for the ECE web site and information monitors), file, assist with mailings, sort mail for Phillips Hall and Rhodes Hall, run errands, and on occasion assist facilities coordinator with basic lab needs. Ability to use different computer programs (i.e., Word, Excel, etc.)