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Conservation Research Coordinator

Job Location

Sacramento, California 95814 United States


Type of Job



$55,000 - $65,000 annually

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Published Date

Feb 16, 2023

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Bat Conservation International

Conservation Research Coordinator


Full Time, Salaried

Reports to: Director of Research Coordination (Amanda Adams)

Salary: $55,000 - $65,000 annually + benefits

Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide, seeks a Conservation Research Coordinator to join BCI’s Science Team.

The Coordinator will join a dynamic organization and a highly progressive team, reporting to the Director of Research Coordination. The Coordinator will manage regional research and collaborative efforts to conserve bats across the Pacific West region (PacWest). The Coordinator is expected to be located in the state of California.

The Conservation Research Coordinator will be responsible for project management and coordination, conducting and supervising fieldwork for bats in the PacWest, and developing outreach and public engagement strategies for bat monitoring and conservation. The Coordinator will work on supporting and growing participation with the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) in the PacWest, collaborate on Bats & Wind Energy research projects, coordinate fieldwork for One Health research, and broadly serve as a primary contact person for bat conservation in the region.

The Coordinator must be highly collaborative and enjoy working in a mission- and results-driven environment where they can bring their whole self to work and contribute to positive ecological and social change. This position is ideal for an early career scientist interested in applied conservation with interest and experience conducting bat research and bat monitoring efforts, including conducting field surveys for bats, managing data, writing reports and scientific publications, and disseminating results to diverse stakeholders. BCI is a distributed organization with staff across the United States. While the Research Coordinator is a remote position, the candidate must be living in the state of California.

Position Description:

The Conservation Research Coordinator will:

• Execute and manage fieldwork for bat monitoring and research in the PacWest;
• Coordinate bat monitoring efforts across the PacWest to enable effective bat conservation, especially in partnership with NABat;
• Lead development of strategies for public engagement in bat monitoring;
• Disseminate knowledge about bat conservation to appropriate audiences and stakeholders, including project results as presentations, reports, and peer-reviewed publications;
• Contribute to BCI’s research efforts by ensuring design, data collection, data management, and result dissemination is rigorous and timely;
• Participate with the National Data Processing Lab (NDPL) and assist with acoustic data management; and collaborate effectively with BCI’s science and conservation teams and external partners.

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Experience

• Graduate degree (PhD or MS) in a relevant field such as biology, ecology, wildlife, conservation, or a related field;
• Demonstrated interest and experience in bat research and applied conservation;
• Ability and interest in communicating results to diverse stakeholders and audiences;

• Proven success with managing multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and accurately with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize under the pressure of deadlines;

• Ability to manage projects, including management and coordination of staff and external partners and budget management; and
• Ability to lead training on NABat protocols, acoustic monitoring techniques, and bat biology.

Preferred Knowledge/Experience

• Proficiency in reproducible and open science tools and data curation/management;

• Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, government agencies, industry, landowners, and other partners;
• Experience and interest in engaging with different communities and developing opportunities that encourage and grow a diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation science community;

• Demonstrated ability and interest in proposal writing to support research;
• Proficiency in scientific writing and written communication skills, including a strong academic publication record related to bat ecology and conservation; and
• Participation with the Western Bat Working Group.

Work Characteristics and Competencies:

• Strong interpersonal skills and creative problem-solving
• Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and self-starter
• Organizational and time management skills
• Highly collaborative with a growth mindset and enjoys a challenge
• Willingness to be flexible and adaptive
• Highly curious with love for learning new things
• Contributes to a healthy workplace and organization

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)

BCI is deeply committed to JEDI and embeds JEDI-centered practices in the conservation work and organizational culture. BCI is determined to be an employer of choice and believes that the best organizational performance will come from a safe, diverse, and inclusive work environment. Read more about our JEDI statement at

To Apply:

We encourage you to apply if you have 70% or more of the desired qualifications. Individuals interested in applying should upload their curriculum vitae and cover letter to the application portal. In the cover letter, please explain how your work and lived experiences have prepared you to be successful in this position, what you find compelling about this job, and how you (and your career) will benefit from this position. Applications are due by March 8, 2023, with anticipated interviews being conducted in early to mid-March with a notification of selection in March.

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Compensation and Benefits

• Full-time salaried. Paid biweekly electronically or via check.
• Compensation package includes generous paid vacation and sick time; 401(k) plan with employer match; health; dental; and vision insurance plan.
• Organizational culture that supports staff well-being and professional development.

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