Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide, seeks a Fat Bat Technician to join BCI’s Science Team.
The Fat Bat Technician will join a dynamic organization and a highly progressive team of conservation scientists, reporting to the Fat Bat Project Coordinator. The Fat Bat Technician will conduct fieldwork for a large-scale project to test a conservation action to improve foraging efficiency to ultimately aid survival and population recovery for hibernating bats impacted by White-nose Syndrome (WNS).
The Fat Bat Technician must be comfortable working independently and safely in the field, have the ability to troubleshoot equipment and problem solve, submit accurate data in a timely manner, and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders and partners.
We are hiring technicians to complete work at field sites in the following states (techs will work in one state only): Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Technicians will visit their site at least 2 times a week. Hours worked will be between 10-20 hours/week. The hourly rate for this position begins at $15.
Travel to field locations to:
• Set up and maintain a solar powered UV-light array
• Set up and maintain bat acoustic monitoring devices
• Set up and maintain trail cameras
• Deploy insects at sunset and collect traps at sunrise once a week
• Enter and manage data related to project activities
Ideal Candidate Qualifications:
• Have or be working towards a Bachelor of Science in biology, ecology, natural sciences, or a related field
• Ability to follow written protocols and comfort to ask questions and clarify instructions
• Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, government agencies, industry, landowners, and other partners
• Demonstrated ability to manage data in spreadsheets and comfort entering data in digital format (e.g., enter data in Survey123, competency in Microsoft Excel)
• Personal transportation and ability to travel long distances between research sites. Mileage will be reimbursed based on the federal rate; mileage may be capped depending on distance from home to field sites
• Experience conducting fieldwork with bats, including acoustic monitoring
• Experience working outdoors in seasonal conditions and in the dark
• Wilderness first aid or similar training/experience working safely in remote areas
Work Characteristics & Competencies:
• Resourceful problem-solving skills
• Excellent written, and verbal communication skills
• Comfortable speaking with outside stakeholders, including state and federal agencies
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision and high motivation
• Attention to detail
• Willingness to be flexible and adaptive to changing protocols and when encountering problems that may arise with equipment and/or site conditions
• Interest in working with digital platforms and data management
• Ability and willingness to hike several miles while carrying 20-50 lbs. of equipment, possibly in remote areas
• Willingness to work in harsh weather (rain, heat, etc.) and at dusk/dawn
• Interest in working with a remote team and interacting over video conference platforms
We encourage anyone meeting 70% or more of the requirements to apply. Individuals interested in this position should send their resume, and a short (5-10 sentences) paragraph on why they’re the best candidate for the job. Apply online at: https://www.batcon.org/about-us/job-opportunities/
For most positions, applications are due on June 27, 2022, for a start date of August 15, 2022. Please see individual postings for exact dates. The position will end in late October/early November. https://www.batcon.org/about-us/job-opportunities/
Bat Conservation International is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce and committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community.