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Field Experience Opportunities
at Bat Conservation and Management

The following temporary positions may be available. We keep contact information of all applicants on file and seek qualified candidates when jobs arise. Our projects appear throughout the mid Atlantic states. Often additional personnel are needed for an intensive but relatively short term survey.

Please note that these positions are temporary unless noted otherwise. BCM does invite a small number of volunteers or interns to assist with certain projects, however you must be willing to participate for a minimum of 1 week. To apply for these positions, please email a letter of interest and current resume to jchenger @ batmanagement.com

 

Positions:
Field Team LEADER
Minimum $200 per full night

Project Locations:
Mid-Atlantic states

Approximate dates available:
May 15-August 15
Full time positions available for qualified individuals

Bat Conservation and Management is adding additional staff to assist with summer bat fieldwork. Applicants should be available May 15-August 15 for mist net and radio tracking surveys. Although schedules are flexible, we do require commitments of at least a week at a time at a minimum. Applicants are required to have previously held or be capable of obtaining a Federal Indiana Bat capture permit, or a Pennsylvania QIBS permit, or Pennsylvania BI permit, and be in good standing with agencies. This is work located initially in PA but could end up being anywhere in the Indiana bat range wide. Send resume/work history and letter of interest to John Chenger, email jchenger@batmanagement.com

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Positions:
Field Team MEMBER (see below)
1st season pay: $130 per full night

Project Locations:
Mid-Atlantic states

Approximate dates available:
May 15-August 15
Full time positions available for qualified individuals

Field Team Members
This position may also be full time to qualified applicants.

Duties throughout the field season include transporting, installing, and removing harp trap and mist net equipment, removing bats from mist nets, small mammal trapping, maintaining equipment, documentation, data processing, and conducting vegetation surveys within the study area. Applicants must be able to take accurate notes, communicate clearly, and operate independently. Experience with mist nets, radio telemetry, orienteering, and basic northeast vegetation knowledge would be helpful. The position requires long hours of extensive hiking at night throughout rugged uneven terrain or in waist deep water. Applicant should be able to hike with a 30+ lb. pack in inclement weather. Working hours vary each day with times usually between 5 PM and 3 AM, up to 7 days a week. If radio telemetry work is involved, overnight work is expected. Applicants should be in good physical condition.

During fieldwork lodging is generally at commercial campgrounds near the study. Employees will almost always have access to refrigerator, stove, showers, potable water, and electricity. It is expected that employees will provide their own personal items such as sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, boots, and other appropriate clothing if required. No backcountry camping is involved. You may be required to occasionally drive your personal vehicle to work sites on gravel roads (4x4 helpful but not required)

You must be able to work full time for the core field season (approx. May 15 thru August 15), 7 days a week for several weeks at a time. Typical breaks occur around Memorial Day and July 4, other times upon request. Please note: this is -NOT- an office job with regular hours and regular days off.

Requirements:
You MUST be a US citizen.

You MUST have rabies pre-exposure vaccination. The vaccination or recent titer check is the responsibility of the applicant. Be aware it may take a month to obtain the vaccination.

Please mention vaccination, most recent titer check, and any prior bat experience in the first few sentences when contacting BCM.

You MUST attend a mandatory training orientation.

You must have valid drivers license.

You should demonstrate an ability to accept all responsibility of the job and assigned tasks, and take initiative to immediately solve problems. You should have ability to accept change and be optimistic and persistent even under adversity. You should be prepared to work independently at field locations despite occasional adverse field conditions for a few weeks at a time.

Interested applicants:
Send email to contact listed below. Be sure to state rabies vaccination status, most recent titer check, any prior bat experience, acoustic monitoring/data processing experience, sports/hobbies in the first few sentences when contacting BCM. Also be SURE to state your availability, as we will be hiring qualified people well before the season to assist in the ramp up to the summer projects.

Contact:
Send resume and letter of interest to John Chenger, email jchenger @ batmanagement.com