13th Annual Indiana Bat Festival

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Bat Field Technicians–North Carolina

Job Description

Indiana State University is seeking 4 field technicians to assist with a project investigating the roosting and foraging ecology of federally endangered gray bats (Myotis grisescens) in the French Broad River area of western North Carolina. Duties will include capturing and handling bats, radio telemetry searches for roosts, night-time foraging telemetry, acoustic and telemetry datalogger maintenance, emergence counts of bats exiting roosts, and measuring roost characteristics. Additional duties will include data entry and management, carrying heavy equipment, driving, gear maintenance/decontamination, and other various tasks. Technicians are needed from April 15 through October 15 and can expect to work long shifts, including late nights.


Asheville, NC and vicinity

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work well individually and with others as part of a team.
  • Ability to work long hours including alternating day and night schedule.
  • Commitment to entire field season (April 15 through October 15, 2019).
  • Ability to withstand outdoor conditions including heat, rain, and wading in streams.
  • Ability to hike and navigate in rugged mountainous terrain, as well as work in an urban environment.
  • Comfortable driving windy mountain roads. Must hold valid U.S. driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience capturing and handling bats.
  • Pre-exposure rabies vaccination (ISU will pay for titer and booster shots if necessary).
  • Extensive radio-telemetry experience.
  • Data entry experience, including MS Access.


$13.33/hour with benefits, plus on-site mileage reimbursements of $0.535/mile. Lodging provided.

Application Process

Apply by February 28, 2019. Applicants must complete an online application through ISU’s website: https://jobs.indstate.edu/postings/26624

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Bat Telemetry Technicians–Northern Plains of Missouri

Job description

The Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University is recruiting Field Technicians to aid in a 12-week study of bats in the northern plains of Missouri. The Missouri Bat Project is an 8-year study and collaboration between the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The main goal of the project is to understand how federally endangered Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) are affected by timber management on state-owned conservation lands in northeast Missouri. Technicians will aid Dr. Joy O’Keefe, a postdoctoral researcher, a PhD student, and an MS student in gathering data on bat distributions, health, and population density on six conservation areas. The Bat Center will provide housing and field vehicles to conduct the research. Working on this project, students will gain extensive wildlife experience, including bat capture and handling (if rabies vaccinated), radio telemetry, conducting exit counts at bat roosts, deployment of acoustic detectors, navigating in rugged and forested areas using a compass and map, and managing data for a long-term project. We anticipate long days in the field and can say with certainty that you will encounter at least one of the following on a daily basis: ticks, spiders, chiggers, venomous snakes, poison ivy, mud, hot weather, and rain. You will live and work in a team environment.


Northeastern Missouri. Nearest city is Kirksville, MO.


Temporary, full-time position. Pay is $400/week for 12 weeks, beginning 15 May 2019. Bunk housing and field vehicle will be provided. Indiana State University will not pay for relocation costs (moving expenses).


Must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be in good physical condition. It is also critical that you are detail oriented and interested in collecting data for research studies. Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass driving record check.

Desired: Experience navigating using GPS and topographic maps. Proficiency with radio telemetry in difficult terrain. Applicants who have experience with bats and who have completed the pre-exposure series of rabies vaccinations will be given priority.

Application process: To apply for this position, send resume and names of three references as one pdf file to Brianne Walters at Brianne.Walters@indstate.edu. Applications received by 22 February 2019 will be given highest consideration. In the subject line of your email, please include “Missouri Bat Technician.”

Indiana State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, including gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or veteran status. In line with its commitment to equal opportunity, the University will recruit, hire, promote, education, and provide services to persons based upon their individual qualifications meeting established criteria.

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Bat Field Technicians–Indiana


Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation and Indiana State University


Bloomington, Indiana

Job Category

Temporary/Seasonal Positions


Compensation is $1,050/month + housing provided at Yellowwood State Forest

Start/End Date

05/20/2019–8/16/2019 (both are flexible)

Last Date to Apply



4 technicians are needed to assist a PhD student’s research studying bat-forest-insect interactions in south-central Indiana. Research involves mist-netting to capture and tag bats, homing telemetry to locate diurnal roosts, and triangulation telemetry to track nocturnal foraging behavior. Additional responsibilities include vegetation plots and insect capture. Research will be conducted within the study areas of the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (http://www.heeforeststudy.org/) near Bloomington, Indiana. Work begins 20 May 2019 and is expected to end 16 August 2019 (start/end dates negotiable for excellent candidates).


To apply, send a single PDF or Word file including a brief cover letter highlighting interest and relevant experience, a resume, and contact information for 3 references to Elizabeth Beilke at HEEbats@gmail.com. Please include “HEE Tech” in subject line for emails. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Required Qualifications

-Applicants should be enrolled in or have completed a BA or BS in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology or related field.

-Ability to work alone and in groups

-Good physical condition for hiking and carrying up to 30 lbs.

-Must be able to take detailed and accurate field notes and record data according to protocol.

-Willing to work long, irregular hours, including weekends and nights, under varied and adverse conditions, including rugged terrain and dense brush where exposure to poison ivy and insects are inevitable.

-Must possess a valid driver’s license

-GPS, map reading, and orienteering skills

-A good attitude, a sense of humor, and the ability to live and work well with others.


Preferred Qualifications

-Experience with radio-telemetry

-Candidates wishing to handle bats are required to obtain rabies pre-exposure vaccinations or provide a recent titer check (from last 2 years).


Contact Person

Elizabeth Beilke

Contact eMail


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PhD position — Missouri Forest Bats

Dr. Diana Hews, in collaboration with the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University (ISU), seeks qualified candidates for a Ph.D. graduate position to begin in May 2019. The student’s research will focus on the effects of silviculture on the health of Myotis bats, and in particular the federally-endangered Indiana Bat, Myotis sodalis. Both population density estimates and hormone analyses will be used to assess bat responses to timber harvest in a multi-year study. The student will be enrolled in the Department of Biology at ISU and supported by a research assistantship. The assistantship will include 4 years (48 months) of full support as a graduate research assistant, a full tuition waiver, and research funds (housing and field vehicle are also provided). For one year, the student will be supported on a 1-year graduate teaching assistantship (with stipend & tuition waiver) to fulfill a two semester (9-month) teaching requirement for PhD students. The student will be encouraged to apply for additional funding to support aspects of their field and laboratory research.

The doctoral student will be co-mentored by Dr. Joy M. O’Keefe, Director of ISU’s Bat Center and co-PI on the grant funding this research. Additional information about the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is at www.isubatcenter.org.

Minimum qualifications include a M.S. degree (or several years of post-baccalaureate field experience) in a biological discipline and an existing publication record. Preference will be given to candidates with laboratory experience (endocrinology, genetics, or parasitology, etc.) and field experience in wildlife biology (preferably with bats) and radio telemetry. The candidate must start summer employment and training in Missouri mid-May 2019, living at housing provided by the grant.

In addition to applying to both the Department of Biology and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at ISU, applicants should send their CV (including GPA and GRE scores), contact information for at least three references, and a one-page letter describing their research interests as they relate to this position directly to Dr. Diana K. Hews at diana.hews [at] indstate.edu. See http://www.indstate.edu/biology/graduateprograms/grad.htm to apply and for more information about our graduate programs in biology. The deadline for application to the Biology Program is Feb 1, 2019.

Indiana State University is a public coeducational university in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a total enrollment of nearly 14,000 students. The university has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review; progressive initiatives include a community garden, a car-share program, local food options on campus, and a Climate Action Plan. Terre Haute, which sits just east of the Wabash River, is a major regional center for health care, education, industry, and the arts.

Applications will be considered as they are received, but are due no later than Feb 1, 2019.

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Post-doctoral Research Associate– Forest management and Indiana bats


Indiana State University is searching for a highly motivated and talented individual to work as a postdoctoral research associate on a project assessing the effects of forest management on Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) in Missouri. This position will be based on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, with summer field work in northeastern Missouri.

Project description:

This 36-month position will be hired under a contract from the Missouri Department of Conservation and supervised by faculty in the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University. The post-doctoral researcher will conduct field work in Missouri from May to August each year, overseeing a team of technicians and MS and PhD students. Field work will include capture surveys, following standard Indiana bat protocols, at conservation areas across northeastern Missouri, radio telemetry, emergence counts, and acoustic monitoring. The post-doctoral researcher will be responsible for data management and analyses, and is expected to develop peer-reviewed journal articles related to this project.

Required expertise/skills:

The ideal candidate has a PhD (or degree expected in May 2019) in biology, ecology, wildlife biology, natural resources, or a related field and at least 6 cumulative months of experience using radio telemetry to study distribution and habitat preferences for bats. Proficiency using radio telemetry to track bat movements is essential. The candidate must be highly motivated, able to work both independently and collaboratively, and able to adapt to change. It is also critical that the candidate have extensive experience in R or other statistical software, and be proficient with GIS. Ability to write peer-reviewed manuscripts is a requirement.

Eligibility requirements:

The selected candidate must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.

Description of working conditions:

Field work will be performed in rural areas in northeastern Missouri. The incumbent must be willing to handle bats (ISU will provide a rabies titer check, if needed). There will be significant daily travel in a light truck and hiking while carrying up to 50 lbs. of equipment. Extreme weather (hot summers, high winds) and uncomfortable environments (biting insects, poison ivy) may be encountered. Extended periods of computer use will be required in this position.


Compensation will be approximately $20.52/hour or $40,000/year. Indiana State University offers a full, competitive benefits package. The position will begin in Spring/Summer 2019 and will be filled for a 36-month period.

Principal Duty Station:

Most field planning, analytical work, and writing (publications and reports) will occur on the campus of Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN). The post-doctoral research associate must be able to move to northeastern Missouri for field work from May to August each year.

How to apply:

Apply online at http://jobs.indstate.edu/postings/25733. Submit cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should include (i) a summary of the applicant’s experience with capturing and handling eastern U.S. bats, (ii) details on the applicant’s experience analyzing data gathered via radio telemetry and acoustics, (iii) details on the applicant’s publication record, and (iv) 1-2 examples of how the applicant has worked successfully with collaborators. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, application materials must be submitted by January 4, 2019.

Direct inquiries to Joy.OKeefe@indstate.edu.

Additional information about the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation can be found at www.isubatcenter.org. Indiana State University is a public coeducational university in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a total enrollment of ~13,500 students. The university has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review; progressive initiatives include a community garden, car-share program, local food options on campus, and a Climate Action Plan. Terre Haute, which sits just east of the Wabash River, is a major regional center for health care, education, industry, and the arts.
Indiana State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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Bat Fest Agenda—September 15, 2018

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A Year in the Lives of Bats

Our 2018 Indiana Bat Festival theme will cover the four seasons that our temperate bats must endure to make it through another year. We hope to see you there!


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2018 Bat Festival Silent Auction Donations

Our Bat Festival is fast approaching  and we are still accepting donations for the Silent Auction.


Whether you own a business or are just feeling generous, this is a great way to get your name out in the community. Proceeds are used to fund the Bat Festival itself and we provide charitable donation certificates for tax deductions.

Please use this form for each item you’d like to donate: 2018 bat fest auction donation form ISU

See you on September 15th!

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2018 Bat Fest Art Contest

Art by Christina Nelson

Enter the Bat Art Contest and, if your drawing is selected, you could win a great prize! Your artwork may also be displayed at the Bat Festival and could appear on a T-shirt, print, or other item sold to benefit the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State University.

Our 2018 theme is “A Year in the Lives of Bats”! Please limit your work subject to 8.5” x 11” in order to accommodate printing.

Artwork must be submitted to the ISU Bat Center by September 8, 2018.

For more details, please see our Art Contest Entry Form.

And check out some of the previous entries!

Huge thanks to our local sponsors,  Roly Poly!

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