Bat Monitoring Intern

Expected Dates
August 25, 2014 to December 14, 2014
Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
The Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge is located in eastern Oklahoma along the southwest edge of the Ozark Plateau and Boston Mountains.  The refuge consists of nine separate units within four counties and totals about 4,200 acres.  It was established in 1986 to protect federally-listed threatened and endangered species found in the Ozark Plateau’s cave systems, including the endangered Ozark big-eared bat, gray bat, Indiana bat, and the threatened Ozark cavefish.  The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist in ongoing projects to monitor bat populations using various methods and to help manage collected data.  Monitoring methods will include: mobile acoustic surveys of bats along predetermined mobile transects multiple times per month; stationary acoustic monitoring stations; infrared and thermal videography; guano pile measurements; and emergent counts using night vision equipment.  The intern will utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and AnaBat software to create maps and reports of bat occurrences on the landscape.  The intern also may assist with cavefish and cave crayfish surveys and general grounds and gear/equipment maintenance.  This position will require working and driving at night, at times in arduous terrain, in hot humid conditions, with bugs aplenty, and often in remote locations.  Great fun, great experience, lots of work! 
  • Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge - - Mary and Murray Looney Education and Research Center
  • The intern will be required to complete defensive driver training.
  • Gain experience with Anabat hardware, GIS, GPS, Night Vision, Infrared, Videography
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience
some experience