Bat technician: Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Bozeman or Helena MT
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
This technician will work with both the Nongame Wildlife Program and the Wildlife Health Lab to implement Montana’s white-nose syndrome surveillance and acoustic monitoring of bats across the state. This position will be part of a 3-member crew and supervised by a lead bat tech. The crew will carry out white-nose syndrome (WNS) surveillance in bats in hibernacula, at summer roost sites, or via mist-netting at 30+ sites across the state of Montana (April – June). This position will also help implement Montana’s bat acoustic monitoring program following NABat protocol (June – July). Both efforts require the position to work with dozens of FWP and partner agency staff as well as private landowners to obtain access to conduct Pd/WNS surveillance and acoustic monitoring. WNS surveillance includes the capture, handling, identification, and sampling (e.g. swabbing of bats) across the state. Other surveillance work includes collecting guano and soil samples in hibernacula and at spring roost sites. Some surveillance work will occur in hibernacula – previous experience working in caves, including rope work, is ideal but not required. The acoustic monitoring follows NABat protocols and involves the deployment of acoustic detectors at 80+ sites across. Other tasks include maintain supply and equipment inventories, enter data, maintain database of sampling sites and results, and ship samples to testing laboratories. Physical demands include working long hours (including at night), hiking in mountainous terrain in bear country, and carrying heavy equipment. The ability to work without direct supervision in potentially hazardous conditions is expected. The technician must have the ability to drive a 4x4 vehicle in all weather conditions, change a tire, and hike or camp alone or in a team.
2 positions available. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site. Please remember to attach the required documents Cover Letter and Resume listed in this announcement. Cover letter should describe relevant field experience, including mist-netting, bat-handling and identification, and/or biological sample collection experience that you may have. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to at least one year of college in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field and some related work experience. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Kristina Smucker
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