Bat Field Technicians (2): Black Hills, South Dakota

University of Wyoming/WYNDD
Custer, SD/Jewel Cave National Monument
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$12-14/hr DOE + $20/day per diem
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
I’m seeking 2 full-time field technicians to assist with an ongoing Ph.D. project on cave use by bats at Jewel Cave National Monument. Technicians will work in a two-person team to mist net, handle bats, follow strict handling and decontamination protocols, and manage biological samples. A field vehicle will be provided. Work will take place from roughly 6/15/19 to 9/7/19. The work schedule is flexible (technicians can determine whether the base schedule is 10 on/4 off, standard workweek, etc). Technicians will be required to have pre-exposure rabies vaccination series (3 shots over 6 weeks) prior to starting. We can reimburse for vaccination series or boosters. Housing or a housing allowance will be provided. General responsibilities include: --Bat capture using mist nets and harp traps --Bat handling --PIT tag insertion --Field vehicle operation --Working outside at night, sometimes in bad weather (storms, cold, etc.) Send a 1-page (single-spaced) cover letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a CV and contact information for at least three references in a single PDF document to Jesse Alston at
Basic Qualifications: --Willingness and ability to work long nights safely and without complaint --Ability to work well with others --Ability to communicate well with field team, supervisor, collaborators, and public --Flexibility and willingness to adapt to schedule changes --US Driver’s License Preferred Qualifications: --Bat identification experience (ideally in the western United States) --Mist net experience --Experience inserting PIT tags into small animals --Experience using handheld GPS units and reading maps --First aid experience/certification --Pre-exposure rabies vaccination Previous bat mist netting experience highly preferred, and mandatory for lead technician. Lead technician must have previous experience handling northern long-eared bats.
Contact Person
Jesse Alston
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