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Right-of-way Acoustic Technician

Job Location

Madison, IL 62060


Type of Job



$13 per hour

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Published Date

May 25, 2023

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Right-of-way (ROW) acoustic Technician


Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide, seeks a Right-of-way (ROW) Technician to join BCI’s Science Team.

The ROW Technician will join a dynamic organization and a highly progressive team of conservation scientists, reporting to the Conservation Research Coordinator. The ROW Technician will work with a second technician to conduct fieldwork for a project aimed at determining whether experimental plots of native prairie plant communities targeted to increase insect pollinators also increase nocturnal insect prey for white-nose syndrome-impacted bats at a utility right-of-way site in Illinois.

The ROW Technician must be comfortable working independently and as part a team, be able to work safely in the field, have the ability to troubleshoot equipment and problem solve, submit accurate data in a timely manner, and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders and partners.

We are hiring 1 technician to complete work at 1 field site in Madison county, Illinois. The technician will work approximately 15-20 hours a month from June through early November 2023. The anticipated start date is June 19, 2023. The hourly rate for this position is $13.

Position Description:

Travel to field location to:

  • Set up and maintain bat acoustic monitoring devicesChange batteries
    Change memory cards
    Trouble shoot malfunctioning equipment
  • Collect insects using sweep nets and sticky cards
  • Manage data related to project activitiesDownload and upload data from memory cards to an external hard drive or remote website
    Store and ship insect samples in a timely manner

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Experience

  • Have or be working towards a Bachelor of Science in biology, ecology, natural sciences, or a related field
  • Ability to follow written protocols and comfort to ask questions and clarify instructions
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, government agencies, industry, landowners, and other partners
  • Personal transportation and ability to travel to research site. Mileage will be reimbursed based on the federal rate; mileage may be capped depending on distance from home to field site
  • Ability to walk moderate distances while carrying 5-15 lbs of equipment
  • Availability in evenings, early mornings, and weekends

Preferred Knowledge/Experience

  • Experience conducting fieldwork with bats, including acoustic monitoring
  • Experience working outdoors in seasonal conditions

Work Characteristics & Competencies:

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and high motivation
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptive to changing protocols and when encountering problems that may arise with equipment and/or site conditions
  • Willingness to work in harsh weather (rain, heat, etc.)
  • Interest in working with a remote team and interacting over video conference platforms

To Apply:

We encourage anyone meeting 70% or more of the requirements to apply. Individuals interested in this position should send their résumé, and a short (5-10 sentences) paragraph on why they’re the best candidate for the job.

Applications are due on June 2, 2023. Anticipated start date is June 19, 2023 and end date is November 6, 2023.

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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