Bat Biologist: East Coast – Ideal candidate would be local to Atlanta, GA

Agency
VHB - Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
Location
East Coast - Ideal candidate would be local to Atlanta, GA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
TBD
Last Date to Apply
03/06/2023
Website
https://careers-vhb.icims.com/jobs/3316/bat-biologist/job?mode=view
Description
ABOUT THE POSITION Bat Biologist - Atlanta, GA | Telecommute flexible within VHB footprint VHB is seeking exceptionally talented and enthusiastic individuals with a passion for applied bat conservation and the natural sciences to join our Atlanta-based team as a Bat Biologist for projects across the Eastern U.S. In this position, you will utilize your knowledge and experience to perform bat acoustic surveys and analysis to support a variety of environmental services projects. Biologists will plan for, lead, and conduct acoustic or mist-net surveys for bats and analyze bat recordings, organize data, and produce reports documenting findings. You will be supported by an existing talented, diverse, and widely distributed team of VHB wildlife biologists and ecologists with range wide experience performing mistnetting and acoustic surveys, analysis, agency coordination, and documentation.  This is a leadership role requiring strong technical, organizational, and communication skills in the field, office, and from remote workplace settings. Our Atlanta-based team of natural resource professionals have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of land use and linear infrastructure projects that may include endangered species assessments, environmental impact studies, habitat restoration, wetland characterization and impact permitting, as well as wildlife and water resource management. In addition to bat surveys, the ideal candidate will have experience with other protected species surveys with an emphasis on protected species in the southeast, and wetland delineations. Responsibilities Task leadership and performance of acoustic and or mist-nest surveys, including: Conducting field surveys and habitat assessments for a variety of species using multiple survey techniques (e.g., acoustic, mist netting, and radio-telemetry). Maintaining, managing, and deploying bat acoustic equipment. including equipment diagnostics and troubleshooting. Plus, deployment of equipment often requires travel and is seasonal in nature. Conducting roost emergence counts. Conducting hibernaculum surveys. Conducting bridge and culvert roosting surveys. Coordinating and leading survey teams. Coordinating with site personnel and clients. Collecting, organizing, managing, and analyzing acoustic data, including but not limited to: noise removal, species identification, and activity index calculation. Preparing progress reports and field assessment reports. Writing technical acoustic reports for client and regulatory agency review Processing acoustic files through automated software programs. Other technical report writing (survey summaries, risk assessments, conservation plans) Additional responsibilities may also include, but are not limited to: Support conducting additional protected species surveys, including but not limited to pre-construction nesting bird and other special status species surveys, construction monitoring, as well as field habitat assessments and wetland delineations. Using handheld and sub-meter accurate GPS data collection techniques. Being tasked with conducting desktop constraints analysis using ArcGIS Online. This position may require a long-term field deployments and seasonal long-distance travel. Skills and Attributes Hold or qualify for a Federal Fish and Wildlife Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit for listed bat species to include, at a minimum, Indiana bat, gray bat, and northern long-eared bat. Working knowledge of bat conservation issues, as well as species distribution and habitat requirements. Minimum 2 years of demonstrated field experience with bat species of the eastern U.S., including appropriate bat mistnetting, capture, and tracking survey and decontamination techniques. Demonstrated experience with, and knowledge of bat acoustic analysis, using bat call analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope Pro and AnalookW Sonobat, BCID) as well as manual/visual call-file vetting. Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Familiarity with digital data collection and management methods such as ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS Field Maps, and ArcGIS Pro. Possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Ability to conduct fieldwork for long hours in sometimes inclement weather conditions. Ability to walk up to 10 miles per day, often in rugged terrain. May have to carry equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 40 pounds. Minimum Qualifications B.S. degree or higher in biology, ecology, environmental/natural science, landscape architecture, or related field At least three (3) years professional experience with GDOT process and procedures Must have experience preparing ecology reports for the Georgia Department of Transportation or other state transportation departments Experience with wetland/surface waters permitting, ecological surveys and studies, habitat assessment, field data collection and documentation, data analysis and evaluation Preferred Qualifications Hold a 10(a)(1)(A) permit for Virginia big-eared bats in addition to species listed Familiarity with Virginia big-eared bat acoustic surveys and analysis Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable skill sets and experience in addition to bat surveys such as: wetland delineation, general habitat assessment, and botanical survey experience. Proof of current pre-exposure rabies vaccination or an appropriate immune response Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) or similar expert certifications WE ARE VHB! We’re an inspired and innovative team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Our work helps improve mobility, enhance communities, and contribute to economic vitality. We do this while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment. Our people make us great! VHB provides a differentiating employee experience. Inclusive culture of collaboration and innovation Opportunity to work on complex, transformational projects Amazing co-workers A focus on learning and development Flexible, hybrid workplace It’s not surprising that VHB has consistently been rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We’re growing and we hope you’ll join us! VHB is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class. Applicants must be legally authorized to work for VHB in the U.S. without employer sponsorship. We do not typically sponsor H1-B or any other work visa petitions.
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications B.S. degree or higher in biology, ecology, environmental/natural science, landscape architecture, or related field At least three (3) years professional experience with GDOT process and procedures Must have experience preparing ecology reports for the Georgia Department of Transportation or other state transportation departments Experience with wetland/surface waters permitting, ecological surveys and studies, habitat assessment, field data collection and documentation, data analysis and evaluation Preferred Qualifications Hold a 10(a)(1)(A) permit for Virginia big-eared bats in addition to species listed Familiarity with Virginia big-eared bat acoustic surveys and analysis Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable skill sets and experience in addition to bat surveys such as: wetland delineation, general habitat assessment, and botanical survey experience. Proof of current pre-exposure rabies vaccination or an appropriate immune response Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT), Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) or similar expert certifications
Contact Person
Allan Bailey
Contact Phone
407-394-8977
Contact eMail
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