Bat Research Technician in Missouri

Southern Illinois University
central/western Missouri
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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A research technician is needed to assist a Master’s student working on a bat research project studying the bat community in central and western Missouri. Research involves using acoustic detectors and mist-nets to survey bat populations in understudied portions of Missouri.
Primary duties include deploying, maintaining, and collecting acoustic monitoring equipment and conducting mist-netting surveys. Additional duties include net and equipment maintenance, data entry, assessing vegetation plots and may include blood/DNA/RNA sampling. The work will require long periods in the field (including work at night) and a considerable amount of travel.

- $1800/month
- Housing is provided (camper trailer)
- Work is generally 7 days a week
- Work begins 15 May and will end approx. 15 August.
• Applicants should be enrolled in or have completed a BA or BS in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology or related field.
• Ability to work alone or in groups
• Good physical condition
• Position often requires long hours and working late at night under varied environmental conditions, including rugged terrain possibly filled with poison ivy and biting insects
• Previous field experience
• Applicants must be able to identify tree species of Missouri or must be willing to learn to do so
• Applicants must be willing to work weekends
• Applicants must possess a valid driver's license and experience driving a 4WD truck
• Applicants must possess GPS, map reading, and orienteering skills

• Acoustic bat detector experience
• Bat work/mist-netting
• Candidates wishing to handle bats are required to obtain rabies vaccinations or provide a recent titer check (from last 2 years). Preference to those vaccinated.

To apply send your CV/resume, cover letter describing your interest and experience, and contact info for 2-3 references, all in the same Word or PDF file as an email attachment, to Zach Cravens at Please use the subject line ‘Bat Tech Missouri’ for emails. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
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Zachary Cravens
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