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Acoustic Survey Technician, Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation has an opening for a full-time resource technician to work on a multi-year project focused on assessing the bat community in areas of potential wind energy development throughout northern Missouri. The project utilizes Wildlife Acoustics SM2Bat detectors to acoustically sample bats at over 100 sites. The sampling sites are visited multiple times during the sampling period running from mid-March through the mid-October. Technicians will primarily be responsible for deployment of detectors, vegetation sampling, and data entry. There is potential to conduct targeted mist-netting efforts in areas where species of special interest have been detected acoustically.

Will remain open until position is filled.

See Position Announcement for more details.

Bat Field Technician, Illinois

Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking 2-3 hourly bat field technicians from May 1 – August 31, 2017 (start and end dates flexible) to conduct biological assessments of bridges and suitable bat habitat. Technicians MUST have a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Wildlife, Natural Resources, or a related field. This position requires extensive traveling throughout Illinois to complete field work. The candidate will prioritize taskings, determine routes to field sites, edit and write reports. Potential for mist netting bats and trapping small mammals dependent on project taskings. Overnight work may be required. No housing is provided, but there are many summer sublets available (college town).

Closing date for this position is April 9, 2017.

Please see Position Announcement for full description of position.

Foraging Telemetry Technician Positions, Indiana

Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation is seeking technicians for a bat foraging study in central Indiana at the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment. These positions are dynamic and require some mist netting and roost homing telemetry but mostly consists of tracking bats with radio telemetry while they are out foraging at night. Applicants must be visual map thinkers and have good direction and navigation skills. Please see below for further details on pay and housing, etc.

Application deadline has been extended to March 27, 2017.
For more details on job description and how to apply, see job posting document:Indiana HEE Job Posting 2017

Wildlife Field Technicians  (Part Time)   Idaho

Natural Power is an independent renewable energy consultancy with almost twenty years of in-house project experience.  The Planning and Environment Department within Natural Power is made up of a diverse range of ecologists and hydrologists with considerable technical experience and expertise from having worked on renewable projects for over twelve years.

We are looking for two (2) part time Wildlife Field Technicians to conduct bird and bat carcass searches and other elements of wildlife monitoring studies at an operational solar photovoltaic (PV) project near Boise, Idaho. Some of the duties and responsibilities associated with the role include:

  • Conducting standardized carcass searches of operational PV arrays and other infrastructure
  • Conducting scavenger removal trials using camera traps
  • Conducting searcher efficiency trials
  • Recording data on daily activity using paper forms, electronic tablets and laptops
  • Organising data and maintaining project databases
  • Following scientific protocols and meeting site health and safety requirements
  • Working independently in the field
  • Conducting other tasks such as recording incidental wildlife observations and documenting nesting bird activity from species such as burrowing owl.

The positions are part time, each averaging three days per month for two years.  The anticipated start date for the positions is late January or early February 2017.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent in a biological, environmental or ecological discipline would be advantageous;
  • Excellent communication skills, being able to convey clear and concise information in both written and verbal format to colleagues, clients, contractors and third parties.
  • Ability to work independently, follow protocols and direction from project managers.
  • Due to the nature of the role, you will be expected to be self-motivated and flexible with your time and standard duties;
  • Ability to travel to field location near Boise, Idaho.
  • A full drivers’ licence is essential.
  • Proficient user of I.T. software (Microsoft Office) and hand-held GPS would be advantageous;
  • Exposure to Document Management Systems and/or Enterprise Resource Planning software would be advantageous;

Further Details:

The positions will be hired as independent contractors and will not include any benefits.

A vehicle, all field equipment and supplies will be provided by Natural Power.  No overnight lodging or per diem is included in the position.

Full details are available on our website.  Please apply online by uploading your resume and cover letter; this should clearly set out why you are suitable for the role.  Our software uses CV parsing technology, so please ensure that information extracted is correct before submitting your application.

Closing date Tuesday January 3, 2017


Bat Biologist Position – SWCA Environmental Consultants

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Bat Biologist to report to either our Chicago, IL or Austin, TX office. This position will conduct surveys for bats and other wildlife, including acoustic studies, mist-netting and radio-telemetry studies, and mortality monitoring for a variety of projects in the central and eastern U.S. The successful candidate will conduct fieldwork as well as preparing survey reports and assisting with Endangered Species Act compliance coordination. Both temporary seasonal or regular full-time employment status will be considered. Extensive travel may be required during the summer months, as well as nighttime work. Lodging and travel expenses will be covered. Click to learn more about the position.


Bat Biologist Position – Deep South Eco Group

Deep South Eco Group is currently hiring two bat technicians to conduct nine to eighteen mist net surveys from May 1 – June 1, 2016 in northern Arkansas. Applicants with a Threatened and Endangered Species Permit for the Indiana bat and northern long-eared bat will receive preference, however it is not required. Interested applicants should send a CV to Marshall McCartney at


Assistant Mammalogist – Illinois Natural History Survey

INHS is seeking one individual to conduct field surveys for threatened and endangered mammals especially bats, within Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project sites as part of the Statewide Biological Assessment Program at INHS. This IDOT funded, long‐term program focuses on biological assessments throughout the state of Illinois. This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois.

Salary: $38,000 ‐ $40,000 per year commensurate with experience. This is a regular, academic professional, full‐time grant supported 12‐month position. The estimated starting date is June 1, 2016.

Applications must be received by April 7, 2016. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through Qualified candidates must upload a letter detailing qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e‐mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information please contact Angela Young, Human Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, 217‐244‐7793, For technical questions regarding this position, please contact: Jean Mengelkoch, Search Committee Chair, Click for a PDF.


Bat Acoustic Analyst – West, Inc.

Location: Bloomington, IN

WEST, Inc. has an opening for a full-time, limited tenure bat acoustic analyst in Bloomington, IN

The primary responsibility of this position is to assist a WEST bat biologist in processing acoustic data from summer bat presence/absence surveys from across the eastern U.S. The analyst will be responsible for tracking, organizing, QA/QC and archiving acoustic datasets, analyzing acoustic data using automated bat identification software (e.g. BCID or Kaleidoscope Pro), and facilitating the qualitative review of bat calls by a qualified acoustic analyst. Duties may also include report preparation, logistical support for summer bat surveys, and limited opportunities for field work.
The position is full time (40 hours per week) but may entail some work on nights and weekends in order to process acoustic data efficiently. Job duties require use of Microsoft Office, Analook, BCID, Kaleidoscope Pro, EchoClass, SonoBat, and R. Training will be provided for all job-related activities.
Compensation: Starting at $18.00/hr depending on qualifications and experience

Start date: May 2016

Duration: May 2016 – August 2016

Workload: Full-time position available, with some scheduling flexibility. Housing is NOT provided; applicants should reside in Bloomington, IN.

Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree.. Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians and support staff. Highly developed organizational and communication abilities and strong attention to detail. Candidates with Master’s degree, graduate research experience in wildlife ecology, and/or job-related acoustic analysis experience will be given preference.
Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work on time; work at a desk for long periods of time; follow instructions from project managers and biologists; interact effectively with coworkers; maintain a positive attitude; and to accept guidance and constructive criticism. Precise and thorough data management and organization is essential.
Valid driver’s license is required upon submittal of resume. Investigation into driving record will be conducted upon hire. Driving record must meet standards set to operate motor vehicle on behalf of WEST, Inc. Background check will be conducted on final candidates. Contract will require drug testing and candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screening criteria.
This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not all-inclusive of the duties which may be associated with this position. WEST, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify this job description, job requirements, and job duties at any time.
WEST, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer. Our objective is to recruit, employ, pay, and promote employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin.
To apply, visit the careers page at and follow the application instructions. Specifically:

Applications which do not include the following three elements may not be considered.

Include in ONE (not separate attachments) .doc or .pdf file the following:

1. Resume which includes dates of employment and the address and phone number for each employer.

2. Three references with phone numbers and email addresses

3. Brief cover letter stating your specific job-related skills and why you are an outstanding job candidate

Bat Community Assessment Project Coordinator

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has an opening for a full-time (40 hours/week) Project Coordinator to help lead a project focused on assessing Indiana bat maternity colonies in areas of forest management activities.  Primary responsibilities will include: coordinating and maintaining equipment, coordinating and conducting field work, data entry and quality control, analysis of digital thermal images, identifying recorded bat call sequences, coordinating with other MDC divisions and conducting literature reviews or status of knowledge summaries.

Duration:  May 16 – August 31, 2016

Office Location:  Kirksville, northeastern Missouri

Title:  Wildlife Biologist (Temporary) (CS16)

Pay: $12.47/hour (40 hours/week)

Work vehicle included and short-term housing may be available.


General Responsibilities include:

1)         Coordinating sampling efforts on public lands with land managers (including deployment and maintenance of SM2 bat detectors)

2)         Utilizing thermal imaging cameras to detect Indiana bat maternity roosts

3)         Coordination and leading of targeted mist net sampling and radio telemetry

5)         Data entry, quality control, and archiving using Excel and Access

6)         Presenting research findings at trainings and meetings

Basic Qualifications:

*          B.S. in natural resources, wildlife biology, or related field

*          Prior supervisory experience in a field work setting

*          Willingness and ability to travel throughout the study area (northern Missouri)

*          Prior field work experience with bat monitoring

*          Experience identifying recorded bat calls

*          Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

Preferred Qualifications:

*          M.S. or B.S. + 1 year of full-time field experience

*          Prior experience leading bat sampling efforts

*          Strong communication and teamwork skills

*          Flexible and adaptable personality

*          Experience with ArcGIS

*          Data management experience (Excel or Access)

*          Experience working in rural settings

*          Strong work ethic and ability to lead and motivate


Core Competencies and Special Ability Requirements:

Ability to develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.

Ability to demonstrate technical proficiency in areas of responsibility.

Ability to obtain a current, valid driver’s license by the date of employment.

Ability to maintain accurate data bases.

Ability to keep an accurate record of supplies, services and time reports.



Contact information:

Send resume via email as Word attachment to  Include names and contact information for references including your 3 most recent supervisors.  For more information, contact Darren Thornhill or (660) 785-2424 ext. 6545.  The position will remain open until filled.



TITLE: Bat Community Assessment Field Technician

REGION: Northeast and Northwest Missouri

LOCATION: Kirksville, Missouri

START DATE: May 16, 2016

END DATE: August 15, 2016

PAY RATE: $10.83/hour (40hrs/week)

DUTIES: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has an opening for two (2) full-time (40 hours/week) field technicians to work on a project focused on assessing Indiana bat maternity colonies in areas of forest management activities. Primary responsibilities will include: conducting field work (thermal image photography, deployment of bat detectors, limited mist netting and telemetry), coordinating and maintaining equipment, and data entry and quality control.

General Responsibilities Include:

1)      Conducting field sampling activities (thermal photography, utilizing bat detectors, truck and trailer driving, operating ATVs in rugged conditions, using GPS)

2)      Coordinating and maintaining equipment

3)      Carrying 50+ lbs. of equipment over uneven terrain for long distances

4)      Data entry, quality control, and archiving using Excel and Access

5)      Identification of recorded bat call sequences, limited mist-netting and telemetry

Basic Qualifications:

  •         B.S. in natural resources, wildlife biology, or related field
  •         Willingness and ability to travel throughout the study area (northern Missouri)
  •         Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

Preferred Qualifications:

  •         At least 1 season of field experience
  •         Experience with GPS
  •         Experience towing trailers
  •         ATV safety certified
  •         Strong communication and teamwork skills
  •         Flexible and adaptable personality
  •         Experience working in rural settings

Send resume via email as Word attachment to Include names and contact information for references including your 3 most recent supervisors. For more information, contact Darren Thornhill ( or 660-785-2424 ext. 6545). The positions will remain open until filled.


Biologist Position – Preference for those with Indiana bat permit


HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services.  With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local.

The primary duties of the Biologist will be to perform scientific/environmental project assignments requiring application of moderately complex objectives and limited variables. Works independently on medium sized projects or assists more senior scientists on larger projects. Additional duties may include conducting biological field surveys, data interpretation and analysis and to plan and manage written environmental reports. May give direction to clerical and technical personnel. Assignments may require dealing with diverse working conditions while in the field.

Provide biological support for a natural resources group nationwide.  Projects will include field work, report writing, and any role that supports natural resources requirements for HDR projects for commercial and federal clients.


Successful candidates will have the following: 2+ years of experience in natural resources including experience working outdoors in remote areas; BA/BS in mammalogy, wildlife biology, or other natural resource related field; Strong preference given for 10(a) permit for capture and handling Indiana bats.  Candidates must be skilled in use of mist nets.  Experience with operation and deployment of acoustic detectors and radio-tracking is preferable.; Strong writing skills (sample will be required); Ability to travel for up three weeks at a time; Candidates must be willing to travel and have the ability to work independently.  Essential office skills include being proficient with standard Microsoft Office (e.g. MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook), Adobe Acrobat, and working knowledge of GIS applications.; The successful individual will have excellent interpersonal communication, writing, organization, and time management skills.

Individuals interested in this position should apply online at (file:// job number 141816


Permanent and Project Term Bat Biologist Positions

Environmental Resource Management (ERM) is hiring multiple PERMANENT BAT BIOLOGISTS (, PROJECT-TERM (Temporary) BAT BIOLOGISTS ( and PROJECT TERM BAT TECHNICIANS ( immediately! Successful candidates may work on large and small-scale projects throughout the U.S., preparing study plans, conducting habitat assessments, acoustic surveys, mist-net surveys, portal harp-trap surveys, radio-telemetry, hibernacula surveys, and much, much more. All candidates should be able and happily willing to work long hours, late at night, in remote and rugged field locations, conducting physically demanding work. For Biologist positions, we are looking for experienced, qualified bat surveyors; preference for those that hold federal capture licenses for endangered bat species across their range, and those that have skills beyond bat surveying. Technicians need not have bat experience, but should have or be working toward a natural resources or wildlife-oriented degree, have a deep interest in bats and other wildlife, and be willing to live in hotels for the duration of field season. Preference will be given to experienced bat technicians and those with up-to-date pre-exposure rabies vaccines. Please visit the links above for more information and to apply.


Bat Mist-netting, Telemetry, and Acoustic Field Technician Position

BRI’s Mammal Program is looking for qualified applicants to assist with mist netting, telemetry, and acoustic monitoring of bats. The successful applicant will gain experience with North American bat identification, tracking with radio telemetry, and the use of passive acoustic equipment (e.g., Pettersson D500X bat detector). 6 – 8 positions are available. SEE BRI bat field tech PDF for more details


MSc Position, Bat Ecology and Conservation, University of Wyoming

In partnership with the National Park Service, we are anticipating an opportunity for a MSc graduate assistantship in the Department of Zoology & Physiology and the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) at the University of Wyoming. We are seeking an MSc student to develop thesis research on federally threatened northern long-eared myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) in Jewel Cave National Monument in the Black Hills National Forest. We particularly are interested in over-winter survival and seasonal use within Jewel Cave, which supports at least 11 bat species, and in evaluating day roost selection for bat species that remain at the Monument during the summer. In addition, the successful candidate will work with our team to identify and develop additional research on the ecology and conservation of this species in accord with their interests.

Desired qualifications of the MSc student: (1) research experience in ecology, wildlife biology, or a similar field (particularly with regard to bats); (2) demonstrated abilities in writing, oral communication, and statistical skills (particularly with regard to mark-recapture and/or analysis of radio-telemetry data); (3) demonstrated ability in GIS and/or remote-sensing skills, or a strong desire to learn; (4) intellectual creativity and self-motivation to conceive, design, and implement thesis work in remote field conditions; and (5) demonstrated ability in communicating with agency biologists and other stakeholders.

The MSc student will be co-advised by Drs. Jake Goheen ( and Doug Keinath ( at the University of Wyoming. Field research will entail 3-5 months per year for two years.A requirement of this position is that the student be granted a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service surveyor’s permit for handling northern long-eared bats. We anticipate opportunities for the successful applicant to gain this permit by working with WYNND biologists this summer. When applying, please refer to your availabilities this summer between 1 June and 31 August.

To apply for this position, please send a single pdf attachment (file name formatted as lastname_firstname_msc_date.pdf) to containing (1) a cover letter and statement of interest; (2) a CV; (3) copies of undergraduate transcripts; (4) copies of GRE scores; and (5) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin 20 March 2016. There is some flexibility in start date, although we expect the student will commence graduate studies in Summer or Fall 2016, or Spring of 2017.


Nongame Bat Technician- Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wildlife

Work closely on a team and with Nongame Program personnel to survey for bats in Wyoming. Use a variety of sampling techniques (netting, caving, and acoustic detectors) to survey for bats. Work and camp in the field for up to 8 days at a time. Work a variable schedule (including long hours, weekends, and nights, as needed) that may change with little notice. Extensive travel across the state is required.

NOTES: Position will last from approximately May 2015 through September 2015. Necessary field equipment will be provided. Housing in Lander will not be provided. Employee may be asked to utilize hotels while performing field work. This will involve paying for hotel room at time of use and receiving reimbursement later.

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working in the field, conducting surveys, and collecting field data. Ability to work well in close quarters with a field crew for extended periods of time. Must have a flexible schedule and be able to work long hours and different times and days (including weekends and nights, as needed) on short notice. Must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be able to work well with others. Must be reliable, in good physical condition, have great communication skills, and be able to work independently and in remote locations. Must pay close attention to detail. Ability to work in inclement weather. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be able to spend long periods of time in a vehicle and in the field. Experience using hand-held GPS for navigation and/or data collection. Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle, on or off road. Experience pulling campers, trailers, etc. preferable. Snowmobile experience preferable. Caving experience preferable, adventurous willingness to learn this skill REQUIRED Recent rabies vaccine or titer preferred.

PREFERENCES: Preference will be given to those with a high school degree plus 2 years experience in fish and wildlife resource management, research, or habitat development or 2 years of college course work towards a baccalaureate degree in wildlife management, mammalogy, herpetology, ichthyology, or another closely related field.

COVER LETTER: Applicants need to attach a cover letter explaining career plans, suitability for the job, and dates of availability. Cover letter may be submitted with the online application and should also be mailed or emailed directly to Zack Walker, Statewide Nongame Bird and Mammal Program Supervisor, 260 Buena Vista, Lander, WY 82520.

CONTACT: For more information regarding these positions, contact Zack Walker at or 307-332-2688.


Indianapolis Bat Field Technician

Number of Positions: 5

Location: Near Indianapolis (Plainfield, Indiana, 46168)

Time Frame: May 20th until August 19th, 2016

Job Description: Indiana State University is seeking five field technicians to assist with research involving the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). This research will occur near the Indianapolis International Airport, and is part of a long-term monitoring effort in conjunction with the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Duties will include mist-netting, radio telemetry, emergence counts of bats exiting roosts, acoustic surveys, video surveys and conducting roost plots. Additional duties will include data entry and management, carrying heavy equipment, gear maintenance & decontamination, and other various tasks. Technicians are needed from May 20 through August 19 and can expect to work long shifts including late nights (up till 4am) up to 10 nights in a row. This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or recent graduate to gain experience with a variety of field techniques.

Required Qualifications: 1) Positive attitude and strong work ethic is most important, 2) Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and individually, 3) Ability to work long hours including alternating day and night schedule, 4) Commitment to entire field season (May 20 – August 19), 5) Comfortable in a variety of outdoor conditions including wading through creeks, summer heat, mosquitoes, poison ivy, and nettle, 6) Valid U.S. driver’s license, 7) Willing to use own vehicle for field work (on paved roads only and mileage will be reimbursed at $0.40/mi).

Preferred Qualifications: 1) Mist-netting experience, 2) Previous bat handling and identification experience, 3) Radio-telemetry experience, 4) Pre-exposure rabies vaccination (Must have pre-exposure rabies shots in order to handle bats (No exceptions!). Shots are given in a series over 21 or 28 days and will be provided by ISU, if needed, 5) Experience collecting and analyzing bat calls, 6) Video monitoring and coding experience, 7) Data entry and management experience, including Microsoft Excel & Access.

Stipend: Stipend provided, plus mileage ($0.40/mile) and per diem reimbursements ($30/day for food). Lodging will be provided.

Application Process: We will begin reviewing applications March 12, 2016. Please e-mail with “Bat Technician” in the subject line a single PDF file containing:

1 page cover letter explaining your qualifications and what you hope to gain from this experience

Resume or CV

Contact information for 3 references

Submit applications to:

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.


Talladega Bat Telemetry Summer Technician

The University of West Georgia is hiring 3 full-time seasonal technicians during summer 2016 to assist on an endangered bat study.  The primary duties of the technician will involve intensive mist-netting, roost observations, habitat assessment, and radio-tracking (day and night) of Indiana and Northern long-eared bats in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest. The technician will need to spend long periods of time in the field under hot, humid, and buggy conditions. Applicants must be working towards or have obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field. Applicants should be comfortable with spending extensive periods of time at a semi-remote location, be able to work independently and hike across mountainous terrain under a variety of weather conditions while carrying heavy equipment, and have good orienteering skills. Applicants should be in good physical condition and be able to work at night. Applicants must also be motivated and have a good attitude and strong work ethic. Preferred qualifications: proficient in radio-telemetry techniques, experience in bat mist-netting, tagging, and identification, current rabies vaccination, ability to identify southeastern trees, and conduct standard vegetation measurements.

Position dates: May through July or early August 2016 (exact dates to be determined)

Salary: $3000 to $3500 stipend depending on experience level and vaccination status.

How to Apply: Please email a single PDF document containing a letter of interest, CV or resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for at least two professional references to Kaitlyn Rountree, Please include “Bat Technician” as the subject line for the email. Application deadline: March 1, 2016


Bat Research Technician Seasonal Positions in Coastal Massachusetts

We are seeking two field technicians to assist with bat research at Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, from 31 May to 31 July 2016. Successful applicants will assist a graduate student with bat capture and radio telemetry on a research project addressing roost selection and habitat use by Northern long-eared bats at multiple spatial scales. This study is conducted in partnership with the National Park Service and will contribute to the first comprehensive survey of bats in Cape Cod National Seashore. Activities will include, but are not limited to, day- and night-time field work, mist netting, radio telemetry, habitat characterization, vegetation surveys, conduction of roost emergence counts, deployment of data loggers and other remote sensing equipment, GPS navigation, and data entry. Housing and a stipend of $400/week will be provided, as well as transportation to and from field sites. Apply by March 15.  See SUNY Techs pdf for more details.


Bat Foraging Telemetry Technicians Needed

Indiana State University is seeking 3 field technicians to assist with research to understand the foraging ecology of the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and the northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). This research will occur at the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), and is part of a long-term monitoring effort in conjunction with Ball State University, Purdue University, and the Indiana Division of Forestry. Bat surveys are in conjunction with bird, amphibian, plant, small mammal, and insect projects. The primary duty will be using radio telemetry to pinpoint foraging locations of bats at night and, thus, this work will occur mainly between 8 pm and 8 am. Other duties will include mist- netting, homing telemetry, emergence counts of bats exiting roosts, and some day time duties include assisting with acoustic surveys and insect trapping. Additional duties will include data entry and management, carrying heavy equipment, driving, gear maintenance/decontamination, and other various tasks. Technicians are needed from May 20 through August 14 and can expect to work long shifts including late nights (up till 4am) up to 10 nights in a row. This is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or recent graduate to gain experience with a variety of field techniques. The employee will gain extensive experience with radio telemetry and mapping, and may also learn other techniques for the study of bats (e.g., use of passive acoustic equipment, such as the Songmeter 2 Bat Detector). Work will be performed collaboratively with several graduate students and professors from Indiana State University and Ball State University. Apply by March 2, 2015. See HEE job post for more details..


Bat Acoustic Technician Positions

We anticipate filling 5 technician positions for summer 2016 (Mid-May through August) to assist with projects being conducted in Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military in Georgia and Tennessee (2 positions), Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina (1 position), Andrew Pickens District and Savannah River Site, South Carolina (1 position), and Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina (1 position). These projects will address various questions related to bat ecology and monitoring including the effects of white-nose syndrome on bat communities, the effects of early successional habitat restoration on bat habitat use, and changes in northern long-eared bat populations over time.

Qualifications: Applicants must be able to work long days in rough terrain under variable conditions (heat, rain, humidity, insects). Previous experience with acoustic detectors preferable but not required. Must have valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record. Applicants interested in working at the Savannah River Site must be U.S. citizens.

Salary: $10.50-$12/hr depending on experience.

Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and names and contact information for 3 references as a combined PDF to Susan Loeb ( If you have a preference for a particular study area, please note. Questions should also be directed to Deadline for applications is February 21, 2016.

Temporary Part-Time , Assistant Natural History Biologist at Jefferson City, MO 65109

Coordinate summer surveys of listed bat species for federal aid and Endangered Species Act Compliance. Work to develop appropriate contract descriptions and bid packets. Work with contractor and managers to ensure surveys are conducted as intended. Prepare and share necessary reports with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in proper documentation format. Work with Forestry, Resource Science and Wildlife Divisions to prioritize Conservation Areas for each year’s surveys. Submit bat data to Natural Heritage Database. Annually update the Buffered Bat Layer to facilitate ESA compliance. Coordinate development of Habitat Conservation Plan or programmatic Biological Assessment. Develop necessary contract description and bid packets. Coordinate with Divisions, the inter-divisional Bat Team and contractor to supply necessary information to develop the desired plan or assessment. Communicate progress to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Coordinate with Wildlife Diversity Coordinator and Divisions on progress. Implement completed Habitat Conservation Plan or programmatic Biological Assessment. Coordinate required surveys and reporting. Coordinate compliance reviews, if needed. Coordinate required annual reports. Coordinate Staff Training. Bat Guidelines. Required elements of the HCP/BA to remain in compliance. Reporting requirements. Survey techniques. Coordinate the Department’s Bat Team to maintain communication among Divisions on management and ESA compliance regarding listed bat species. Coordinate revisions and updates of the Bat Guidelines. Coordinate with the Bat Biologist regarding information needs.


Applicant must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Environmental Studies, Plant or Animal Ecology, Biology, or applicable field of study. Duties require the applicant to have a working knowledge of Missouri’s habitats and wildlife, understanding of ecology and natural systems, good verbal and written communication and coordination skills, team work, and project management/leadership experience. Knowledge of and ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ArcGIS and other software tools are necessary. Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment. *Disclaimer: This is a temporary position that may be extended depending upon budgetary constraints and approval of the Department’s FY17 budget, continued availability of funds and employee performance. Contact Kelly Rezac, (573) 522-4115 Ext.3151 Please mail your resume/contact the above person to apply.

Bat Biologist

Midwest (Chicago or Kansas City) – Bat Biologist This position will be responsible for conducting a variety of bat surveys including bat habitat, bat acoustic, bat mist-net, radio-telemetry, and emergence surveys. Our successful candidate will have experience with bat survey methodology and endangered bat species identification, both acoustically and visually. · Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Biology, or a related discipline · 5+ years of experience with regional bat populations, identifying bat species both acoustically and visually, and conducting presence/absence bat species surveys. If interested, apply through the career link at


Missouri Department of Conservation Temporary Summer Job Opportunity

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has an opening for a full-time (40 hours/week) field technician to work on a project focused on assessing the bat community in areas of potential wind energy development. Primary responsibilities will include: conducting field work (deployment of bat detectors and limited mist netting), coordinating and maintaining equipment, data entry and quality control, and assisting with identification of recorded bat call sequences. Full Job Posting.

GA Bat Tech

The University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources ( in partnership with the Nongame Conservation Section of GA DNR ( is offering several full-time seasonal positions working with bats for summer 2016.  The employees will be working with a graduate student studying cave-dwelling bat species in North Georgia as well as completing surveys for bats on state, federal and private lands.  Activities will include, but are not limited to, mist-netting bats, acoustic sampling, bat roost searching, radio-telemetry, habitat characterization and data entry. Applicants must be willing to work for long days and nights under physically challenging conditions. Travel to study sites will be provided by state vehicle. Full Job Posting

MS Assistantship – Disease and Bat Community Dynamics

We are currently looking to fill a MS position on the impact of disease on bat community dynamics.  Specifically, the identified student will investigate the community-level response of bats in South Carolina and Georgia to white-nose syndrome.  This project builds from recently completed research which revealed altered spatial and temporal niche partitioning in sympatric bat species in New York following the arrival of white-nose syndrome (Jachowski et al. 2014, Diversity and Distributions 20:1002-1015) and will evaluate the extent to which similar or divergent patterns exist in the southeastern US.  To address these questions, the student will conduct bat acoustic monitoring surveys at 3 sites in the southeast, and collaborate with managers and scientists from sites in 8 different states to compile and analyze existing historical datasets.

The student will be based at Clemson University, and jointly advised by Dr. Susan Loeb and Dr. David Jachowski.  Funding for the salary of the MS student is secured for 2 years. The position will start early-mid March 2016.

Applicants must possess a BS degree in wildlife biology, ecology or related field.  Applicants should also have an interest in working with relatively large datasets to address community-level questions, and experience conducting field work involving acoustical detection of bats.

To apply, please email a single pdf with the subject line “Bat MS Assistantship” containing (1) a cover letter outlining your interests, experience, and contact information, (2) a resume or CV, (3) GRE scores, (4) undergraduate transcripts, and (5) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Susan Loeb at  Deadline for applications is January 20, 2016.

Full Time Bat Ecologist

EnviroScience, Inc. (ES) is recognized as a leader in environmental consulting, ecological restoration, marine services, and biomonitoring in freshwater systems throughout the USA and Canada.  ES seeks to add a full time bat ecologist to our growing natural resources division at the Stow Ohio office.  Qualified applicants must possess a Federal Endangered Species permit for Indiana bats and northern long-eared bats and have at least 2 years of experience conducting presence/absence surveys.  This position will involve a full range of tasks including habitat surveys, emergence counts, mist-net surveys, acoustic monitoring, radio telemetry, winter hibernacula surveys, and various other bat related duties.  Valid federal and state collector’s permits are required.  This position will include overnight and extended travel during the summer months and some tasks will require strenuous field work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A federal endangered species permit for Indiana and northern long-eared bats (Required).
  • Minimum BS degree in biological sciences, environmental science or related field.
  • Minimum of 2+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently.
  • Ability to manage and conduct radio telemetry projects.
  • These positions will include overnight travel and some tasks will require strenuous field work.  Candidates must be able to comfortably lift at least 50 pounds.  Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.  Background check required.

Compensation: This is a full time, permanent position after a 30-day probationary period.  Salary will be determined based on experience and qualifications.  ES offers options for health insurance, 401K, bonus opportunities, and many other benefits.

Submittal: We encourage minority applicants and are an equal opportunity employer.  Please send cover letter and CV/Resume to with Bat Ecologist followed by your name in the subject line.