Tri-colored Bat Technician(s): Tennessee

University of Tennessee Knoxville
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
~ $1500/month, DOE
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The University of Tennessee Knoxville is hiring 1-3 technicians to assist a PhD student with a tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus; “PESU”) roosting and foraging ecology study. The 2022 season will be the 3rd full season of the project. Fieldwork will involve assisting with mist-net sampling, telemetry to locate roost trees during the day, foraging telemetry at night, forest vegetation plots, and roost emergence counts. Applicants must be flexible to work long hours, weekends, and both day and night schedules. Applicants must have high attention to detail and be committed to collecting high quality data. This position often requires hiking long distances in uneven and steep terrain, dealing with mosquitoes, staying up until ~4 AM, carrying bulky equipment, being in the woods at night with no or little cell service, knocking on doors of private landowners, driving in the dark, entering data, and following strict COVID and White-nose Syndrome Decontamination protocols. Applicants must be committed to ~15 May 2022 to ~15 August 2022 (with some flexibility) to be considered and be willing to be away from Knoxville for multiple weeks at a time. Housing is not provided except when in the field away >1.5 hours from Knoxville (camping and basic field housing depending on site). The majority of sites will be in Great Smoky Mountain National Park (~1.5 hours from Knoxville). When sites are 1.5 hour or less away from Knoxville, we will not be staying in field housing and the applicant will be responsible for lodging. To apply, prepare a single PDF file including a cover letter stating your qualifications and interest in the position and a resume/CV with contact information for 3 references to Ash Cable at with the subject line “2022 PESU Technician”. Please indicate in your letter your rabies vaccination status or willingness to become vaccinated by the start data. Final decisions will be made by mid-March at the latest.
-Ability to drive a university vehicle, especially at night -GPS skills to be comfortable navigating in the woods -Ability to identify Southeastern tree species or use a tree guide -Have effective communication skills to explain our objectives to private landowners and curious passerby -Mindfulness of safety procedures and commitment to follow all research and COVID protocols -Telemetry experience and rabies vaccination are preferred but not required
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