Bat Technicians (Spring WNS Surveillance)

Wyoming Natural Diversity Database
NE, ND, SD, and WY, USA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15-19DOE +$20 per diem when in the field
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Dates: April 10 – June 10, 2023 (*Dates are approximate) Description: The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database is seeking field technicians to conduct bat surveys in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Specifically, work will occur on 13 different National Park Service Units across these states. The primary objective of this project is to conduct an annual White-nose Syndrome (WNS) surveillance program in the region. Technicians will work as a team mist netting and collecting WNS samples from bats at pre-defined sites throughout these study areas. The job will involve extensive driving and navigating in rugged and remote country and hiking with heavy equipment. Work will involve mist netting and handling bats, evaluating bats for evidence of WNS infection, and collecting disease samples for testing. These positions are based out of Laramie, Wyoming and will require extensive travel. Car camping will be required for work. Field vehicles and housing on days off will be provided. Applicants should be prepared to live and work in remote, rural areas with 30 min+ drive for groceries and basic necessities. Applicants will be expected to navigate to field sites using GPS units, compass, and paper map (i.e. without Google or Apple Maps). Cell service is often unavailable in the field. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Standard zoological methods for capture, handling, and identification of bats. Collection of disease samples including wing swabs, wing biopsies, and whole bats. Collection of data specific to survey events and captures. Strict adherence to most recent National White-nose Syndrome Decontamination Protocol. Ability to adhere to state and federal permit stipulations. Safely and efficiently navigate to survey locations. Interact in a professional manner with park resource staff, state wildlife agency biologists and conservation officers.
Necessary qualifications: -Proof of rabies vaccination prior to start date (or proof of titer if vaccinated >2 years prior to beginning work) -Previous bat handling and identification experience -Able to work well as a team in remote, challenging conditions and inclement weather -Possess a valid US driver’s license and clean driving record -Able to initiate and finish tasks independently Preferred qualifications: -Sufficient experience to obtain an Indiana Bat surveyors permit or Northern Long-eared Bat surveyors permit -Prior experience collecting WNS samples and following standard protocols -Familiarity with the National WNS Decontamination Protocol -Experience identifying western bat species -Experience with acoustic monitoring and collection of known species acoustic recordings Please address all of these qualifications as well as your dates of availability in your cover letter. Pay: $15 - $19/hour DOE + $20 per diem for days spent in the field (work vehicle and shared housing provided) To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references in a single document to Application deadline is February 15, 2023; however, applications will be considered as they are received. About the employer: the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database is the state natural heritage program and is an equal opportunity employer. We collect and disseminate information about the distribution and abundance of sensitive species and communities across Wyoming.
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Ellen Whittle
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