Now hiring an Ohio Lights Out coordinator!

Thanks to all of our partners and the success of Lights Out. The growth of this important conservation program has created new challenges and opportunities. We are now seeking to expand our staff at OBCI (from 1 to 2!) to include an program coordinator to advance Ohio Lights Out. The position will be based at the Ohio State University, and work with the OBCI Program Coordinator to advance OBCI’s efforts.


A program coordinator position is available beginning in July 2024 to help facilitate collaborative efforts for the conservation of migratory birds in urban landscapes. The successful applicant will join a dynamic team to coordinate partner organizations working to understand the causal factors for bird-building collisions. The individual will also be tasked with engaging new partners from the private sector, public officials, as well as community leaders in creative ways to advance the efforts of Ohio Lights Out.

The successful applicant will work closely with the Program Coordinator of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (OBCI) as well as other members of the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab at The Ohio State University. Through OBCI, the Lights Out Program Coordinator will work with representatives from a wide range of partner organizations such as Audubon, various metroparks organizations, zoos, natural history museums, the ODNR-Division of Wildlife, and more.

The Lights Out Program Coordinator will help lead volunteer collision monitoring programs, facilitate partner engagement, search for financial and logistical support, and work with members of the community to advance Ohio Lights Out. The desired start date is July 2023, to be onboarded in advance of the fall migration season, but a later date may be considered for competitive applicants.


Bachelor’s required. Degree in ecology, wildlife science, or closely related fields preferred. Experience with community/citizen science programs and human dimensions is also desired. Competitive applicants will have demonstrated experience managing ecological databases, have a firm understanding of avian ecology, and have experience with website and newsletter management. A strong work ethic, good verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently and as a productive member of a research team are essential.


  • 50% Coordinate with partner organizations on the advancement of city-focused Lights Out programs, including the oversight of volunteer collision survey programs
  • 30% Manage and analyze a statewide database of collision survey data, including the development of new datasets
  • 20% Communicate with new and established businesses and building administrators to reduce the impacts of glass and artificial light on migratory birds

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Now hiring an Ohio Lights Out coordinator!