Bat Research Technician in Missouri

Agency: Southern Illinois University

Location: central/western Missouri (Ozarks)

Salary: $1800/month

Start Date: 5/17/2017

Application Deadline: open until filled


A research technician is needed to assist a Master=92s student working on a

bat research project studying the bat community in central and western

Missouri (in and around Lake of the Ozarks). Research involves using

mist-nets and acoustic detectors to survey bat populations including blood

sample/DNA collection. Candidate will have the opportunity to handle bats,

likely including the federally endangered Indiana bat and federally

threatened northern long-eared bat.

Primary duties include conducting mist-netting surveys and deploying,

maintaining, and collecting acoustic monitoring equipment. Additional duties

include net and equipment maintenance, data entry, and assessing vegetation

plots. The work will require long periods in the field (including work at

night), heavy lifting of equipment (~60-70 lb. 12V batteries) and a

considerable amount of travel. – Housing is provided (camper trailer)

– Work is generally 7 days a week

– Work begins around 17 May and will end approx. 15 August.


Required =95 Enrolled in or have completed a BA or BS in Biology, Wildlife Biology,

Ecology or related field. =95 Good physical condition

=95 Position often requires long hours and working late at night under varied

environmental conditions, including rugged terrain possibly filled with

poison ivy and biting insects =95 Previous field experience

=95 Applicants must be willing to work weekends =95 Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and experience driving a

4WD truck =95 Applicants must possess GPS, map reading, and orienteering skills

Preferred =95 Acoustic bat detector experience =95 Bat work/mist-netting =95 Candidates wishing to handle bats are required to obtain rabies

vaccinations or provide a recent titer check (from last 2 years). Preference

to those vaccinated. To apply: send your CV/resume, cover letter describing your interest and

experience, and contact info for 2-3 references, all in the same Word or PDF

file as an email attachment, to Zach Cravens at Please use

the subject line =91Bat Tech Missouri=92 for emails. Applications will be

accepted until position is filled.