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Seasonal Bat Biologist

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Field:
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Job Description:

Project description: This program conducts bat surveys across the state of Illinois using acoustics, mist netting, radio telemetry and emergence counts.  This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois.

Job description: The position will involve mostly field work including deploying acoustic recorders, conducting mobile surveys, participating in mist net surveys, completing emergence counts and assisting with radio-tracking. Fieldwork will be conducted around the state, but overnight travel will be ~ 2-4 nights per week (lodging and per diem will be provided for travel).  Candidate must keep meticulous datasheets, be capable of managing large amounts of acoustic data, and be available to work a flexible schedule. Candidate must be comfortable navigating off trail, hiking with heavy equipment and able to work under various and rigorous field conditions including poison ivy, mosquitos, stinging nettle, snakes, etc. Housing will not be provided in Champaign, however, there are usually many sublets available in Champaign, Illinois, as it is home to a large University student community. Travel throughout the State of Illinois is required, and working outdoors, including at night and under adverse weather conditions, will be conducted as projects require.


Qualifications - Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Zoology or related field.
  • At least two field seasons of conducting bat surveys.
  • Current rabies vaccine.
  • Willingness to travel overnight throughout Illinois and work under adverse weather conditions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Federal Indiana/Northern Long-eared bat permit
  • Must possess the physical skills necessary to collect field samples and conduct research.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to ensure the highest possible standards of quality, safety, and ethics with little supervision.

Qualifications – Preferred: 

  • Knowledge of Midwestern flora, including identification of tree species, suitable for making habitat assessments.
  • Familiarity with bat acoustic monitoring protocols, equipment, and associated software programs.
Salary: $25/hour if candidate meets all qualifications; up to 40 hours per week. The estimated starting date is May 10, 2019.
How to Apply:

Applications must be received by March 1, 2019.  To apply please submit via email a letter detailing qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references to Tara Hohoff at Please put “Bat Tech2019” in the subject line.

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