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The Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech is looking for qualified research associate to manage a series of bat ecology investigations in the mid-Atlantic region. Work will focus on documenting, catching and describing the habitat of the northern long-eared and Indiana bat in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain through the year, including winter months. The incumbent will also be responsible for assisting with the testing of acoustical software programs for bat identification, bat species niche modeling, red bat coastal migration research linked to the MOTUS effort and project assistance with graduate students. The research associate will be responsible for implementing and managing all aspects of a complex, multi-partner research effort in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, including study design, study implementation, liaison with federal/state agencies, NGOs and private landowners, data collection, supervision of field technicians, data analysis, data interpretation and final reporting to cooperators. Other duties will include management of the Virginia Tech bat database, testing acoustic bat identification software for U.S. Fish and Wildlife standards, working with RIF nano-tags and stationary receiving towers, and assistance with other bat survey and monitoring efforts in Virginia and elsewhere.
A master's degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, Forestry, Environmental Science or related field; Demonstrated experience surveying and monitoring bats, particularly the northern long-eared bat using acoustic and mist-netting technologies; Experience with radio-tracking bats to day-roosts; Experience using ArcGIS and Program R for data analysis and interpretation; Experience with database management tools, i.e., Access and Excel.
Demonstrated experience working with bats in eastern North America; Willingness to travel overnight for multiple days and stay in primitive housing; Willingness to work in adverse field conditions (rugged terrain, swamps, etc.) in all seasons.
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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