Bat Research Field Assistant

  • GAI Consultants, Inc.
  • Charleston, WV, USA
  • Apr 24, 2019
Temporary Biology - Ecology Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


GAI Consultants is seeking individuals to fill seasonal positions as bat research field assistants.  Duties involve assisting qualified bat biologists conducting presence/absence surveys for bats (which could include performance of habitat assessments, acoustic sampling, mist netting, radio-telemetry, portal searches, and portal trapping as necessary), but could also include assisting with surveys for other rare species or other environmental work as needed.  Most work is from mid-May to mid-August. 

Join GAI and make your mark among a team of engineering, planning, and environmental consultants that provides innovative solutions to energy, transportation, development, government, and industrial clients worldwide. 60 years strong and 100-percent employee owned, GAI is the right place for talented and motivated individuals who seek to distinguish themselves in a company poised for unlimited growth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Conducting rare, threatened, and endangered bat surveys on development projects throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast United States.
• Performing field site reconnaissance, habitat assessments, acoustic sampling, acoustic analyses, mist netting, portal searches, portal trapping, and/or radio-telemetry.
• Coordinating with team leaders, field supervisors, land agents, and/or landowners as required.
• Assisting with bat equipment preparations, White-Nose Syndrome decontamination procedures, data entry and/or report writing, or other environmental surveys as needed.


• B.S. degree, working toward B.S. degree, or experience in natural resources, biology, or wildlife-related field
• Knowledge and ability to identify trees of the Eastern U.S.
• Rabies pre-exposure vaccinations preferred, but not required.
• Experience mist netting for bats or birds preferred, but not required.
• Must be detail-oriented and maintain professionalism at all times. "Client First" approach to all interactions.
• Must be willing to travel for extended periods of time, generally 10 days or more.
• Must be able to work well in a team environment and be able to take direction.
• Work Location:  Various states in Eastern U.S.

Physical Demands and/or Other Job Information (if applicable):Field work will be conducted at night in variable weather and environmental conditions, often requiring long or irregular hours, and could include hiking long distances and carrying heavy equipment in steep, uneven terrain or deep water.  A commitment to safely performing job duties in these conditions is required.  A valid driver’s license and a driving record that allows the applicant to meet insurable standard required to operate a company vehicle are required.  Projects may require employees to pass drug screening criteria.