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NABat - One Health Wildlife Crew Lead (TX)

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Austin, TX Texas 78746 US


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$19 - $20 per hour

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Feb 10, 2023

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Bats and One Health Wildlife Crew Lead (TX)


Texas, Nevada, California


Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide, anticipates hiring 3 seasonal Wildlife Crew Leads to join BCI’s Science Team and conduct fieldwork across Texas, Nevada or California for a North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)-One Health project from May to September 2023. We anticipate to hire one Wildlife Crew Lead per state.

The NABat-One Health project aims to use the North American Bat Monitoring protocol to study the occurrence and distribution of bat populations across the United States and monitor bat population health.


Wildlife Crew Leads are expected to work for extended periods of time, travel long distances on a daily basis and occasionally camp in remote locations. Fieldwork will include traveling across a state deploying acoustic monitoring devices, finding roosts, setting up mist-nets, handling bats to collect samples, and meticulously entering data collected in the field. Crew Leads must be comfortable working safely in the field and supervising a Wildlife Technician. Because fieldwork will occur across a given state, Crew Leads must also be comfortable not having a base throughout the field season. Crew Leads will report to the One Health Project Coordinator and must communicate effectively with partners from government agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations. Crew Leads will be expected to work approximately 44 hours/week and be compensated $19.00 – $20.00 per hour plus over time. The anticipated start date is May 15th, 2023.

Position Description:

  • Conduct acoustic monitoring following the NABat protocol.
  • Capture and handle bats to collect samples.
  • Mail samples in a timely manner.
  • Conduct quality analysis/quality control for all data collected
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, government agencies, landowners, and other partners.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with the project manager for project planning, oversight of field safety and logistics, field protocol, and equipment organization and maintenance.
  • Walk long distances over uneven terrain.
  • Hike with backpacks that weigh 30+ pounds.
  • Work nocturnal hours

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Experience

  • Have or be working towards a Bachelor of Science in biology, ecology, natural sciences, or a related field
  • Experience conducting fieldwork with bats, including mist-netting and acoustic monitoring
  • Experience capturing, handling, and identifying bats
  • Proof of pre-exposure rabies vaccination and titre check within the last 12 months
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster
  • Ability to follow written protocols and comfort to ask questions and clarify instructions
  • Demonstrated experience managing and entering data in digital format (e.g., competency in Microsoft Excel)

Preferred Knowledge/Experience

  • Experience working with other people in fieldwork settings
  • Wilderness first aid or similar training/experience working safely in remote areas
  • Demonstrated leadership experience involving training others in field techniques

Work Characteristics and Competencies:

  • Strong organization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable communicating with staff and with outside stakeholders
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Comfortable working in harsh weather and at night
  • Given fieldwork will involve working directly with bats, Crew Leads will be required to wear N95 masks and gloves when handling bats.

This position is ideal for someone looking to gain experience working in field research settings, supervising people in the field, working in a conservation nonprofit organization whose mission is to end bat extinctions, and working in a project that will directly inform science and conservation of bats. BCI is dedicated to an inclusive work environment for all employees. We are dedicated to the career advancement of seasonal employees. Ideas for independent projects and expanded participation will be considered.


We encourage anyone meeting 70% or more of the requirements to apply. Individuals interested in this position should send their resume, names of two references, a short (maximum 1 page) cover letter describing why they are good candidates for this position. Applications are due no later than March 1st, 2023, but review of applications will begin as applications are received and continue on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Priority will be given to early applicants. We anticipate interviews being conducted in early-March with

notification of selection in late-March.


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


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