The individual selected for this position will serve as an expert on bat monitoring in Florida and will have the opportunity to significantly influence bat conservation throughout the state. This person will serve as the Bat Monitoring Coordinator for FWC and have a key role working collaboratively with other FWC staff, partners, and volunteers to maintain and expand Florida’s long-term, statewide bat monitoring program. This 3-year, grant-funded position provides a great opportunity to work creatively with diverse partners and stakeholders, address unique conservation challenges, and make important contributions, both in Florida and at regional and national scales through the North American Bat Monitoring program (NABat).
This person will be involved in bat monitoring and other conservation activities throughout the state, working with and providing support for partners and volunteers conducting those activities (i.e., stationary and mobile acoustic monitoring, emergence counts, mist netting, etc.). This person will also process/review acoustic data, submit data to NABat, and conduct analyses of project data and associated ecological data.
In addition, this person will manage the large project dataset, and as necessary refine data management strategies, and produce reports, management recommendations, and other written documents required for the project. This person will also coordinate with other FWC staff and partners to maintain project budgets, facilitate public outreach, coordinate interagency activities and deliberations, and comply with regulatory requirements.
Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences is required. A degree in wildlife science, natural resource conservation, ecology, or similar is preferred. A Master’s degree in one of these fields is strongly preferred.
Knowledge: Demonstrated understanding of the ecology and conservation needs for bat populations. Knowledge of bat species occurring in Florida is preferred. At least 1 year of experience leading acoustic monitoring projects for bats is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience carrying-out protocols for processing, automated classifier analysis, and manual vetting of acoustic monitoring data is strongly preferred. Proficiency in identifying calls from bat species present in the southeastern U.S. is preferred. Experience working with and submitting data to NABat is preferred.
Demonstrated experience working with public agencies, municipalities, and private organizations, and engaging effectively with those partners to promote effective collaborations and achieve project objectives is preferred.
Skills: Well-developed data analysis skills, including proficiency in R or other data analysis software. Excellent skills using ArcGIS for spatial analyses. Well-developed problem solving, project management, data management, and time management skills. Well-developed writing skills. Well-developed skills for presenting project updates and research results at agency and working group meetings and regional conferences.
Abilities: Enthusiastic and self-motivated to complete quality work on time. Strong ability to work independently with minimal supervision when appropriate while also working effectively as the project leader and coordinating with partners and stakeholders across the state. Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills to communicate effectively and to work effectively in a collaborative team environment. Must be able to efficiently organize information and carry-out multiple, concurrent activities that have varying deadlines. Ability to conduct moderately strenuous activities outdoors, to safely operate vehicles, and to work at night as necessary.
Working hours: 8am-5pm, 40 hours per week, work hours may vary
Licensure, Certification or Registration Requirements: Valid Driver’s License.
Health care benefits are available.
Contact Person: Terry.Doonan@MyFWC.com
To apply: Submit an application through the State’s People First system for Position Number 77904082 (https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjobs.myflorida.com…). In addition, please attach a resume and a cover letter. Your cover letter should explain your interest in this specific position and describe your most relevant qualifications for the position.