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Bat Acoustic Survey Technician

Recruitment #24-002293-0013


Seasonal Bat Acoustic Survey Technician
One vacancy; full-time
Contract period: May - August 2024




301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service in Annapolis, Maryland is currently accepting applications for a Seasonal Contractual position (Natural Resources Technician II). The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service in Frostburg, Maryland seeks a highly motivated individual to conduct bat acoustic surveys in forests and rock habitats (i.e. outcrops, talus slopes) primarily in western Maryland. The work will involve deploying acoustic recorders to detect rare bat species, collecting detailed habitat descriptions, troubleshooting equipment, managing files, and formatting data for upload into NABat. Most of the work will occur on public land, but some work may involve engaging with private landowners and interacting with the public. While acoustic work will be the bulk of this position, there may be the opportunity for additional bat-related field work (i.e. emergence counts, radio telemetry). Most work will be during the day, but may require long days (>10 hours), early evening and night time surveys, occasional weekend work, and possibly some overnight travel.


Experience: Three years of experience, one year of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management and an additional two years of experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries.

1. Candidates may substitute the completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 credit hours must be in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study and one year of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience.
2. Candidates may substitute additional education beyond the completion of the 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the biological science technician field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


  • Prior acoustic bat survey experience 
  • Excellent habitat and plant identification skills 
  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, GPS units, SonoBat, NABat, and management of large datasets 
  • The ability to lift and carry 30 lb. for several miles over difficult terrain 
  • A strong work ethic, the ability to work well both independently and in small teams in remote, rugged areas (i.e. forests, talus slopes, rock outcrops, dense rhododendron) with minimal supervision


Persons in this position may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

*Should benefits be available, this information will be discussed at the time of hire


The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3, Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

If you are having difficulty with your user account, need to make adjustments to a submitted application or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management at

Please provide ample time to complete the application template. If you are having technical difficulties submitting an application on the day of the deadline, it is strongly advised that you complete the JobAps physical application template and hand deliver to DNR - HRS at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 before 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources cannot guarantee that late submissions, as a result of technical difficulties, will be accepted.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Adriana Parravano  at

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. 

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