Research Coordinator

Fort Collins, CO

Bat Conservation International (BCI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bat extinctions worldwide, seeks a Research Coordinator to join BCI’s Science Team.

The Research Coordinator will join a dynamic organization and a highly progressive team of conservation scientists, reporting directly to the Chief Scientist. The Research Coordinator will manage a national-scale research effort in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey’s North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) to expand the capacity of the NABat program to conduct bat health surveillance across North America to inform wildlife management and integrate One Health approaches to bat conservation and monitoring efforts in the United States. 

The Research Coordinator must be highly collaborative and enjoy working within an environment that is mission and results-driven, where they can bring their whole self to work, contribute to positive ecological and social change, and achieve professional growth for future career opportunities. This position is ideal for an early career professional interested in applied conservation with interest and experience managing and coordinating collaborative projects and communicating with diverse stakeholders. 

BCI is a distributed organization with staff across the United States with two offices in Washington, DC and Austin, TX. The Research Coordinator can live anywhere but will be coordinating and performing fieldwork across the United States.

The Research Coordinator will work closely with BCI’s Chief Scientist and BCI’s Science Team to plan, manage, and execute the research project.  

Position Description:

The Research Coordinator will:

• manage and coordinate a collaborative effort to monitor and sample bats across the continental United States. 

• oversee all project task management and field work logistics. 

• maintain regular communications among external partners, including state resource managers, academic and federal collaborators, and BCI’s Science Team to ensure that the project is executed as planned.

• be responsible for hiring and supervising technicians in priority areas and provide necessary training and guidance documents to ensure the required work is executed.

• collaboratively work with BCI’s Science Team and the project PIs to ensure that experimental design, data collection, data         management, and result dissemination are conducted rigorously and on deadline to meet project deliverables and produce quality results.

• develop research questions and outputs related to using data on bat occurrences and health surveillance to inform bat conservation in North America.

• disseminate results of the research in presentation, reports, and peer-reviewed publication. 

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Experience

• Ph.D. degree in a relevant field such as biology, ecology, wildlife, conservation, or related field

• Demonstrated ability to manage projects, including management and coordination of remote staff and external partners

• Proven success with managing multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and accurately with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize under the pressure of deadlines

• Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, government agencies, industry, landowners, and other partners

• Ability to train and manage field technicians 

• Proficiency in data management

• Proficiency in scientific writing and written communication skills

• Ability and interest in communicating results to diverse stakeholders and audiences 

• Experience conducting bat surveys involving capture, handling, and identifying bats 

• Demonstrated interest in hypothesis-driven research and applied conservation

Preferred Knowledge/Experience

• Experience with acoustic monitoring and underground surveys for bats

• Familiarity with the NABat monitoring program and its sampling protocols

• Experience and interest in engaging with different communities and developing opportunities that encourage and grow a diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation science community

• Holds a federal research permit for endangered or threatened bat species in the USA

Work Characteristics and Competencies:

• Strong interpersonal skills, approachability, and creative problem-solving

• Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and self-starter 

• Organizational and time management skills

• Highly collaborative with a growth mindset and enjoys a challenge

• Willingness to be flexible and adaptive

• Highly curious with love for learning new things 

• Contributes to a healthy workplace and organization

What We Offer You: 

The salary for this 2-year position is $55,000. BCI offers a competitive compensation package with an organizational culture that supports staff well-being and professional development. Benefits include but are not limited to paid vacation and sick time; 401(k) plan with employer match; health, dental, and vision insurance plan. 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.

If you have 70% or more of the desired qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Individuals interested in applying should upload their curriculum vitae and cover letter to the application portal. In the cover letter, please explain how your work and lived experiences have prepared you to be successful in this position, what you find compelling about this job, and how you (and your career) will benefit from this position.

Applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Interviews will be held in December with a tentative start date of Monday, January 10th.