Title: Bat Tree Roost Monitoring Technician
Department and program: WCS Canada, Western Bat Conservation Program
Project: Silver-haired Bat Roost Project
Position location: Nelson, BC.
Date written/revised: August 2021
Reports to: Cori Lausen, Director of Bat Conservation
WCS Canada is seeking an undergraduate student with a passion for conservation and an interest in bats to fill the position of Bat Tree Roost Monitoring Technician.
This student position will assist WCS Canada biologists to monitor tree roosting bats, learning to identify roosts in trees, and evaluating the use of mitigation tools. Such tools include chainsaw cuts and installation of fake bark on young trees to simulate old growth/mature trees that are needed by bats for roosting. In this position, the technician will learn valuable skills needed in the forestry industry to identify ‘wildlife habitat features’ used by bats – these WHFs are legally protected features in the Kootenay region of BC, and soon to roll out province-wide.
This student will also help monitor and evaluate new mitigation tools that replace lost roosts from forestry. As a technician, this student will work closely with a graduate student from the University of Northern BC (collaborator) to further study and understand the characteristics of trees used by bats in winter and summer. This is a unique area in interior BC to study what tree-roosting bats use, as it has only recently been discovered that bats in BC can reside year-round in trees.
The goal of the project the student will work on is to inform the forestry sector on bat-friendly forestry practices including how to properly mitigate the loss of tree roosts. Options for roosts are limiting on the landscape due to harvesting, but this is compounded by climate change, which can render some roosts too hot for occupancy. In general, roost microclimate options are being affected by climate change and the installation of artificial roosts as mitigation tools requires knowledge of what roost requirements are needed. Responsibilities of the intern include the following:
How to Apply:
Please send your CV with a cover letter explaining your qualifications related to this role through the BambooHR application portal: https://wcscanada.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=23
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Deadline for applications: November 1, 2021
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About WCS Canada:
WCS Canada (www.wcscanada.org) was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity, and equal opportunity. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.
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