Seasonal Bat Biologist

  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Champaign, IL 61820, USA
  • Feb 09, 2018
Seasonal Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Research Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

INHS is seeking one individual to assist with bat surveys relating to the Illinois Bat Conservation Program (, as well as various other smaller projects.

Project description: This program conducts bat surveys across the state of Illinois using acoustics, mist netting, radio telemetry and emergence counts. This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois.

Job description: The position will involve mostly field work including deploying acoustic recorders, conducting mobile surveys, participating in mist net surveys, completing emergence counts and assisting with radio-tracking. Field work will be conducted around the state, but overnight travel will be ~ 2-4 nights per week (lodging and per diem will be provided for travel).  Candidate must keep meticulous datasheets, be capable of managing large amounts of acoustic data, and be available to work a flexible schedule. Candidate must be comfortable navigating off trail, hiking with heavy equipment and able to work under various and rigorous field conditions including poison ivy, mosquitos, stinging nettle, snakes, etc. Housing will not be provided in Champaign, however there are usually many sublets available in Champaign, Illinois, as it is home to a large University student community. Travel throughout the State of Illinois is required, and working outdoors, including at night and under adverse weather conditions, will be conducted as projects require.

Qualifications - Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, zoology or an appropriate biological science.
  • At least two field seasons of conducting bat surveys.
  • Current rabies vaccine.
  • Willingness to travel overnight throughout Illinois and work under adverse weather conditions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must possess the physical skills necessary to collect field samples and conduct research.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to ensure the highest possible standards of quality, safety, and ethics with little supervision.

Qualifications – Preferred:

  • Federal Indiana/Northern Long-eared bat permit.
  • Knowledge of Midwestern flora, including identification of tree species, suitable for making habitat assessments.
  • Familiarity with bat acoustic monitoring protocols, equipment, and associated software programs.

Salary: $25/hour if candidate meets all qualifications up to 40 hours per week. The estimated starting date is May 10, 2018.

Applications must be received by March 1, 2018.  To apply please submit via email a letter detailing qualifications noted above, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references to Tara Hohoff at Please put “Bat Tech” in the subject line.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (

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