Job Announcement – Indiana Bat Lead Telemetry and Lead Mist Netting Technicians – Northern Plains of Missouri

This post will be used to fill 2 positions (Indiana Bat Lead Telemetry

Technician and Indiana Bat Lead Mist Netting Technician) for a summer bat

research project in northeast Missouri.

The Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation at Indiana State

University is recruiting Field Technicians to aid in a 12-week study of

bats in the northern plains of Missouri. The Missouri Bat Project is an

8-year study and collaboration between the Center for Bat Research,

Outreach, and Conservation and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The

main goal of the project is to understand how federally endangered Indiana

bats (*Myotis sodalis*) are affected by timber management on state-owned

conservation lands in northeast Missouri. Technicians will aid Drs.

Clarissa Starbuck and Joy O’Keefe, two PhD students, and an MS student in

gathering data on bat distributions, health, and population density on six

conservation areas. The Bat Center will provide housing and field vehicles

to conduct the research.

The *Lead Telemetry Technician* will be in charge of tracking bats to day

roosts and assisting a small group of other technicians who may not have as

much tracking experience. The lead telemetry technician will also conduct

exit counts at bat roosts and manage data. The position involves navigating

in rugged and forested areas using a compass and map and the lead telemetry

technician will help with managing data for a long-term project.

The *Lead Mist Netting Technician* will be in charge of organizing gear for

mist netting, will work on a netting team to safely capture and handle

bats, and will follow decontamination protocols during and after netting

each night. The mist netting technician will also manage data and conduct

exit counts at bat roosts when needed.

We anticipate long days in the field and can say with certainty that you

will encounter at least one of the following on a daily basis: ticks,

spiders, chiggers, venomous snakes, poison ivy, mud, hot weather, and rain.

You will live and work in a team environment.


Northeastern Missouri. Nearest city is Kirksville, MO.


Temporary, full-time positions.

$450/week for 11–12 weeks beginning 16 May 2020.

Bunk housing and field vehicle will be provided. Indiana State University

will not pay for relocation costs (moving expenses).


Must have a* positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be in good physical

condition. It is also critical that you are detail oriented and interested

in collecting data for research studies.* Must possess a valid driver’s

license and pass driving record check. Desired: Experience as a leader with

responsibilities such as delegating tasks and problem solving.

*Lead Telemetry Technician: *Must have experience using radio telemetry to

track wildlife. Must have experience navigating using GPS and topographic


*Lead Mist Netting Technician:* Must have completed the pre-exposure series

of rabies vaccinations and have experience handling and mist netting for


Application process: To apply for this position, *send resume and names of

three references as one pdf file* to Clarissa Starbuck at


*. *Applications received by 17 February

2020 will be given highest consideration*. In the subject line of your

email, please include “Missouri Lead Bat Technician.” In your email, please

indicate which position(s) for which you would like to be considered.

Indiana State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race,

age, national origin, sexual orientation, including gender identity or

expression, religion, disability, or veteran status.  In line with its

commitment to equal opportunity, the University will recruit, hire,

promote, education, and provide services to persons based upon their

individual qualifications meeting established criteria.