Engage 100+ young citizen scientists in acoustic bat monitoring efforts on multi-day river missions to determine bat species occurrence and distribution within riparian habitat along the San Juan and Colorado rivers. The intern will train citizen scientists and partner staff on a modified version of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) stationary point acoustic monitoring protocol and provide education on bat biology and conservation. The intern and citizen scientists will utilize bio-acoustic technology to visualize bat acoustics in real-time. He/she will share research results through an oral presentation at the 5th Annual Glen Canyon Bat Festival.
The intern will compile and analyze five years of acoustic monitoring data collected through this project and submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed scientific publication. This project is necessary to inform park managers, guide conservation efforts, guide ESA determinations for bat species affected by white-nose syndrome (WNS), and educate the public on WNS and other stressors. This is a great opportunity for the intern, partners, and citizen scientists to work together to better understand bats, their habitats, and address threats facing these key species.
He/she will author a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal such as Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (https://theoryandpractice.citizenscienceassociation.org/).
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, of diverse background, or a veteran up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.