Crew Leader (Remote)
Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of bats and their habitats in America and around the world, seeks 3 seasonal Crew Leaders to join our research team from approximately early June through early October 2021. This is a great opportunity for those interested in gaining hands-on experience in scientific research.
The crew leaders will be responsible for supervising approximately five field technicians conducting bat and bird fatality searches beneath wind turbines. Other responsibilities are listed below.
- Supervise field crews conducting standardized searches for bat and bird carcasses beneath wind turbines
- Identify bird and bat fatalities to species
- Conduct field bias trials
- Quantify habitat characteristics
- Enter and manage datasets
- Communicate effectively with wind energy facility staff
- Gain experience with deploying ultrasonic detectors and thermal cameras, including 3-D thermal videography, and analyzing these datasets
The salary for this position is $15/hour plus housing, utilities, internet, and vehicles provided. The Crew leaders must possess a valid Driver’s License. This position will be located at a wind energy facility in southwest Iowa.
- Possess a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife management or a related discipline
- Be able to identify local bat species
- Be willing and capable of conducting field work in moderately rugged terrain under physically demanding conditions (e.g., hot temperatures, venomous snakes, biting insects, etc.) and work atypical hours
- Experience as a supervisor
- Be willing to live and work well with a diverse research team
- Have previous field work experience
- Experience supervising technicians in the field
- Experience identifying midwestern bird species
- Strong organization skills
- Good attention to detail
- Strong technological knowledge
- Ability to work with minimal supervision
- Live and work well with a research team
Work Characteristics and Competencies:
Individuals interested in this position should send their resume, cover letter, and three references until filled. Interviews will begin immediately with an anticipated early June start date. A Covid-19 Mitigation Plan will be developed for this project to reduce risk to field crew. Bat Conservation International is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce and committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community.