Bat acoustic monitoring coordinator

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$14-15 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Since 2013, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in collaboration with Iowa State University (ISU) has been working with volunteers to conduct acoustic surveys on drive transects and at stationary sites to monitor spatial and temporal trends in bat activity in Iowa. This project has grown in scope over time and as of 2022, is now a large citizen science project in which bats are monitored on >20 drive transects and >20 stationary sites in 14 counties. A position is available to serve as the coordinator for the bat acoustic monitoring project for 2023. Responsibilities: •Prepare bat acoustic monitoring equipment and assemble volunteer kits •Create the volunteer acoustic monitoring schedule •Coordinate acoustic monitoring permissions with public and private landowners •Update and maintain the bat acoustic monitoring volunteer website •Provide training to volunteers on expectations and equipment use •Address volunteer questions and concerns as they are collecting data •Scout potential new stationary sites and verify new drive transects by using electronic databases and conducting site visits •Create a GIS database of drive transects and stationary sites •Organize, process, and summarize the bat acoustic data collected by volunteers •Submit bat acoustic data to the North American Bat Monitoring Program database •Summarize findings in figures and tables and write reports for volunteers and the IDNR Duration: This position will run from approximately May 1 - October 31, 2023. It is based in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University. The position offers up to 40 hours per week at a wage of $14-15 per hour. Apply: If you are interested in being considered for this position please email the following materials to Dr. Julie Blanchong at by March 12: 1.Cover letter explaining your interest in this position and the skills you bring to the position. Please describe your experience for each of the items in the Qualifications section. 2.CV/ Resume 3.Contact information for 3 professional references
An individual that is interested in working with people of a variety of ages and backgrounds, possesses strong communication and organizational skills, and is comfortable working independently will be most successful in this position. Required: •A valid driver’s license and ability to pass an ISU motor vehicle record check in order to receive approval to drive a university vehicle •Ability to work independently •Ability to work nights and weekends as required Preferred: •Completed/pursuing an undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology, biology or related field •Experience working with the public and/or volunteers •Strong organizational skills and attention to detail •Experience working outdoors in rural and forested habitat •Experience using GIS •Excellent electronic, oral and written communication skills
Contact Person
Dr. Julie Blanchong
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