Seasonal Bat Field Research Technician =96 Temple University

Summary of Position

The Research Associate position is available in the Sewall Lab in the Department of Biology at Temple University.  Work will take place at Dr. Sewall’s field site at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center (, northeast of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Research Associate will provide technical field support to the lab=92s research efforts in conservation biology, and population and community ecology.  Primary research foci will be investigating the responses of bats to human disturbance, management efforts, and habitat change.  On-site fieldwork at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center will be required. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions of Position

– Conducting bat field research including but not limited to capture, handling, acoustic sampling, radiotelemetry, and measurement of plants and habitat characteristics

– Assisting in field research projects involving undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers from Dr. Brent Sewall’s lab:

– Maintaining written data sheets and spreadsheets for acoustic detectors, radiotelemetry, and mist-netting

– Training interns and students in proper field techniques

– Performing other duties as assigned


– Previous experience mist-netting and handling bats

– Previous experience conducting ecology field research

– Willingness to work late nights outdoors in rugged terrain

– Must have a valid driver=92s license

– Must be physically able to carry 40 lbs. and set up triple-high mist nets (about 25 feet tall).

– Able to interact in a consistently positive manner with academic and military personnel

– Willingness to learn and abide by military field safety regulations

– Have or be willing to obtain up-to-date rabies vaccination

Preferred experience

– Ability to lead small teams of personnel in the field – Experience deploying triple-high mist-nets

– Experience tracking wildlife using radiotelemetry

– Experience deploying bat detectors or other wildlife recording devices

– Training or background in mammalogy, ecology, or conservation biology

Terms of Employment

– Start date: As soon as possible

– End date: Up to six months

– Pay rate: $14 to $18.50, dependent on training and experience

– Hours: Approximately 40 hours / week, weather-dependent

How to Apply

– Send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references via email to Dr. Lisa Powers at

– Please put =93Bat Field Tech Position=94 in the subject line of the email

– Position will remain open until filled


Date:    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:50:38 -0400

From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Elizabeth_Pienaar?= <efpienaar@UFL.EDU>

Subject: PhD Assistantship =?windows-1252?Q?=96_Landowners=92?= Willingness to Engage in Sustainable Bioenergy Production

PhD Assistantship =96 Landowners=92 Willingness to Engage in Sustainable Bioenergy Production

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Pienaar, Assistant Professor =96 Environmental Economics & Human Dimensions of Wildlife

Location: University of Florida


I am recruiting a PhD student to conduct research on private landowners=92 willingness to engage in sustainable bioenergy production practices in the southeastern United States.  This research forms part of a larger USDA-funded project to determine how bioenergy production in the southeastern United States can be coupled with the protection of ecosystem services (see page 3 for an overview of the project).  The student will conduct research into:

1. how private landowners value ecosystem services provided by timberlands, and 2. which bioenergy production practices they are willing to adopt to secure both ecosystem services and bioenergy production.

This research will be used to formulate policy recommendations and to design extension/outreach programs to educate private timberland owners on how to better manage their lands to secure ecosystem services.=20 Further details about the project are available by writing to Dr. Pienaar.

The student will be expected to:

1. design and administer surveys to private timberland owners in Florida, Georgia and Alabama;

2. design and implement surveys to individuals who hunt on timberlands in the southeastern United States; 3. code, clean and analyze all data collected;

4. write reports and journal publications that document these research findings;

5. present results at both academic conferences and extension meetings;

6. assist in writing grant reports;

7. generate extension and outreach materials for private landowners, government agencies, and landowners; and

8. assist in other tasks related to this research =96 as needed.

As part of this appointment, the successful candidate will work as a teaching assistant for one semester each year.

The assistantship will commence in Fall 2017.  The successful candidate will be provided with four years of tuition (18 credit hours of coursework in Fall and Spring semesters).  The successful applicant will be paid a stipend of $20,024/year for 4 years, and will be provided with health care.

The student will work as part of a larger research team that includes landscape ecologists, extension specialists, and experts in GIS models and mapping.  This research project provides an opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Florida.

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with a Master=92s degree, although students with a Bachelor=92s degree will be considered.=20 Preference will be given to applicants with training in social sciences, survey design and statistics.  In order to be considered for this position, the following application materials must be submitted to Dr. Pienaar (

1. A letter of interest (1 page maximum)

2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

3. GRE scores

4. A curriculum vitae

5. An example of your writing

6. Names of 3 individuals who will provide you with references

The review of applications will commence on April 24, 2017.