Student Conservation Association WNS Literature Review and Bat Monitoring in Arlington, Virginia

WNSLiterature Review and Bat Monitoring

Expected Dates

July 1, 2019toSeptember 25, 2019


Oregon Caves National Monument

Position ID


The primary focus of the technician will be to assist in research involving field acoustic and netting (biometrics) data collection in the park and nearby BLM & USFS lands, analysis of digitized acoustic data via computer software, and data mining of similar data in Oregon, Washington, and northern California in order to quantify various environmental and biologic factors that may influence white-nose syndrome (WNS) severity in those states. Fieldwork routinely involves working late into the night and applicants must be comfortable with a flexible schedule. The bat biology technician will also assist the parks education program in preparing and presenting interpretive programs on bat research on how and why Western bats may survive both WNS and climate change by demonstrations involving acoustic monitoring and live netting and assist in training volunteers to do acoustic and passive visual monitoring. He/she will receive and organize feedback from these and other presentations and past relevant WNS written material geared towards the general interested public in order to develop text for a 70 page, eighth grade reading level book on Western WNS. Enthusiasm, writing skills, public speaking, and the ability to assimilate in-depth knowledge of bats, how WNS can further a broad conservation of many biological resources, how it relates to human interests, and how all that can best be presented in a positive, memorable way to the public are essential to succeed in the position. The technician will receive bat monitoring and interpretive development program training, attend in-depth workshops and sessions on WNS, and do literature searches on most aspects of bat biology relevant to WNS. Applicants must have the mental and physical ability to pursue, understand, and/or implement a wide range of bat monitoring, research, and mitigation of human-caused impacts in the field, in the office, at staff training sessions, and at public events. Interns unable to be successfully vaccinated against rabies will not be allowed to handle live bats but should be able to perform all other functions of the position.The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.

  • Location Description

Oregon Caves Natl. Monument and Preserve is located in southwestern Oregon about a hour’s driving time from the coast and the Cascade Mts. The nearest town is Cave Junction 16.5 miles from the park. The nearest city is Grants Pass about 1 1/2 hours driving time from the park.

  • Training Provided

CavingMonitoring hibernator temperaturesUsing literature Databasesinputing bat metrics into databases

  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities

CavingMonitoring hibernator temperaturesUsing literature Databasesinputing bat metrics into databases

  • Handicap Accessible?


Main Area of Focus

Wildlife Mgmt

Education, Training & Skills Expected


degree minor or extensive experience

Resource Management

degree minor or extensive experience

Data Entry

some experience

Field Research

some experience


competent with supervision

Data Analysis

competent with supervision

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible


Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Personal Vehicle Required

Nearest facilities 16.5 mi. away and carpooling limited due to small fall staff.

Housing or Stipend Provided?


Individual rooms with sink but shared showers, kitchen utilities.



US Citizenship