Southwest NABat Hub Coordinator (near Phoenix, AZ)

Phoenix, AZ


Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of bats and their habitats around the world to ensure a healthy planet.  BCI partners with the North American Bat Monitoring (NABat) Program to improve the state of conservation science for bats. 

Essential Functions:

The Southwest NABat Hub Coordinator is responsible for development and coordination of a regional collaborative effort to implement NABat across Arizona and New Mexico.  The Southwest NABat Hub coordinator will coordinate all survey and program activities to determine distributions and population trends of bats using the NABat protocols and ensure data are appropriately supplied to the NABat Program in a timely manner. The Southwest NABat Coordinator will work closely with BCI and USGS’s NABat Coordinating Office to assess the status and trends of bats in the Arizona and New Mexico region and contribute to the continental-scale NABat monitoring effort.

They will be responsible for program management, including supervising field work, building and fostering effective collaborations to execute work, writing proposals and grants, managing program budgets, tracking deliverables to achieve outcomes, and disseminating information and communicating results to the Southwest Hub partners. The Hub Coordinator will work as part of the science team at BCI and interact with a diverse network of partners working on bat conservation in the region.

A key component of this position will require collaboration and communication to develop and maintain a multi-partner community of practice, which includes facilitating collaboration on acoustic monitoring efforts, data collection, project management, and reporting. This will include, but is not limited to, monthly conference calls, coordinating an annual meeting, and providing frequent training webinars as needed. In this first year, while developing the Hub, this will also include establishing protocols, creating outreach material to increase awareness of NABat to regional stakeholders, and establishing new partnerships.

The Southwest Hub Coordinator will work closely with BCI’s Chief Scientist and report directly to BCI’s Conservation Research Program Manager. The salary for this position ranges $45,000 to $50,000 depending on location and experience.


  • Coordinates bat monitoring efforts across Arizona and New Mexico to enable effective bat conservation through partnering and supporting NABat
  • Coordinates, develops, and maintains collaborative partnerships with key agencies and organizations
  • Administers all aspects of the PacWest Hub activities and grant management, including financial and narrative reporting
  • Helps disseminate knowledge about bat conservation and NABat to appropriate audiences and stakeholders    

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in relevant field such as biology, ecology, natural resources, or related field
  • Proficiency in experimental design, data collection, and data management
  • Ability to manage projects, including management and coordination of staff and external partners
  • Ability and interest to develop and write funding proposals
  • Ability to administer projects, including budget development, financial management, and reporting
  • Ability and interest in communicating results from data collection efforts to Hub partners
  • Ability to lead training on NABat protocols, acoustic monitoring techniques, and bat biology
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and ability to produce quality work on deadline
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, government agencies, industry, landowners, and other partners
  • Strong interpersonal skills, approachability, and creative problem-solving
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and self-starter
  • Interest in working in a dynamic ‘virtual’ team environment (team members based remotely)

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience planning, coordinating, and executing large-scale wildlife research and or monitoring projects.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and visualization, including use of Program R, GitHub, and basic GIS tools
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific work relevant to conservation (experience with bats preferred)

Working Conditions & Physical Effort: 

  • Willingness to work long hours to meet deadlines when needed
  • Some field work anticipated
  • Willingness to work long hours and non-standard schedules when conducting field work
  • Required to co-locate in Phoenix, AZ at Arizona Game and Fish Department Main Office

Interviews will begin in December with an anticipated January 2021 start date