Bat Technician: Missouri

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
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The University of Missouri seeks three full-time field technicians to assist graduate student with summer bat research. Positions will be based in Columbia, MO, and work will be conducted at three National Wildlife Refuges (Big Muddy, Swan Lake, and Squaw Creek). Duties include acoustic surveys, mist netting, radio telemetry, and collection of habitat data.

Research aims to model occupancy of the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and federally threatened northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) on public lands and characterize maternity habitat in this portion of each species’ range. Successful applicants will set up acoustic detectors, drive between sites, assist M.S. student with mist netting, track target species to maternity roosts, perform emergence counts, and collect roost tree and habitat data.

Work will often be conducted at irregular hours and include long days in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Housing in the field will be provided. There is potential for free housing just outside Columbia during days off for non-residents. Position will be 40 hours/week and run through August.
Applicants must have background in wildlife biology or ecology, and prior field experience is highly preferred. Must have strong navigational skills and experience using handheld GPS. Positive attitude, strong work ethic, and ability to work both independently and as a team are a must.

Applicants must be in good physical condition and capable of carrying heavy packs (up to 40lbs) for several miles over varying terrain. Successful applicants must be up to date on rabies vaccinations prior to start date.

Start and end dates are flexible.

• valid drivers license
• background in wildlife biology/ecology
• rabies vaccination

Preferred qualifications/experience:
• previous field experience
• radio telemetry
• use of handheld GPS
• data collection using prism plots, clinometer, densiometer
• strong tree ID skills

Send cover letter and resume/CV with three professional references to, subject line Resume: Bat Technician. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received and positions will be filled as soon as qualified applicants are identified.
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Dane Smith
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