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Bat Field Technicians Wanted

Published on January 26, 2010
Written by Admin


Two technician positions are available to assist with bat inventories at 6 National Park Service units in the Northeast Temperate Network (Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey; Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut; Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites and Saratoga National Historical Park, New York; Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire; and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts. Both technicians will assist bat biologists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, and will work as a single team at all parks over the course of the summer. Technicians will receive excellent field research experience and learn a great deal about bat biology, ecology, and field research. Duties will include helping with mist netting, harp trapping, Anabat bat detectors, and in handling and processing bats. Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills, be in good physical condition, and have a strong work ethic. Position requires long hours and working late at night under varied environmental conditions, including wading through stagnant pools, and tolerating heat, humidity, mosquitoes, poison ivy, and deer ticks possibly carrying Lyme Disease. Mosquito resistant clothes, insect repellents, waders, and gloves will be provided. Field transportation and housing will be provided, although there will be a few nights of remote tent camping. Applicants will receive complete pre-exposure rabies vaccinations at no cost.

A B.S. degree or enrollment in a B.S. program, in biological sciences, ecology, wildlife, or closely related field is preferred. Experience handling bats or other small mammals or birds is preferred, but not necessary. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and experience with 4WD. Applicants will be required to drive their personal vehicles between parks and will be reimbursed for mileage and tolls. Applications will be considered as they are received until 15 March 2010; positions are available from 24 May to 16 August. Stipends are $1,000/month.

Please write “Bat Field Technician” in the subject line of your emails and include your last name in any attachment(s). Apply by sending transcripts (unofficial transcripts are okay) and a statement of interest, indicating availability; resume; and a list of 3 references (name, phone, and email address) to: J. Edward Gates, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (electronic submission preferred), UMCES Appalachian Laboratory, 301 Braddock Rd., Frostburg, MD, 21532. 301-689-7173. UMCES welcomes and specifically encourages applications from minority and women applicants; UMCES is an AA/EOE employer.