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Bat Acoustics Member

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Bat Acoustics Member interested in dedicating time to an acoustics data sorting project in support of bat conservation alongside Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff.

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Start Date: January 18, 2022 (some flexibility may be available for the right candidate)

End Date: April 24, 2022 (or 14 weeks from the start date)

*a minimum commitment of 14 weeks is required*

Location: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - Middlesboro, KY

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (CUGA) is located at the corners of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The park contains 24,000 acres - 14,000 of which are proposed wilderness. Carved by wind and water, the Park forms a major break in the Appalachian Mountain chain. Lush with vegetation and supporting diverse flora and fauna, CUGA has 85 miles of hiking trails, mountains, streams, and limestone caves. This position is stationed out of the Kentucky headquarters of the park located right outside of Middlesboro, KY. The town of Middlesboro is large enough to accommodate three grocery stores, fast food, several restaurants, and a movie theater. Knoxville, TN is approximately 1.5 hours away and has many amenities of a large city.

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Living Allowance: The ACE member will work ~16 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $120/week dispersed bi-weekly for food and incidentals.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Position Description: As the only major predator of night-flying insects, bats play a vital ecological role in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The park provides valuable habitat for different species of bat, including the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalist). Recently, White-nose syndrome (WNS), a condition deadly to bats, has been found in Cumberland Gap. This disease is harmful and often lethal to hibernating bats, killing 90 percent or more of some species of bats in caves.

The ACE member will directly assist the park with sorting bat acoustics data. Specific responsibilities of the project will include but are not limited to:

  • Use AnalookW, SonoBat, Kaleidoscope, and BCID software
  • Assist with consolidating acoustic data collected from 2015 - 2021 for analysis
  • Assist with maintaining equipment and collecting data at two long-term bat monitoring stations
  • Assist with sorting acoustic data from long-term bat monitoring stations for analysis

Fieldwork for this opportunity may be possible though limited, and would require willingness to work in all types of weather conditions, hiking long distances, and working in a cave setting. The fieldwork would consist of setting up bat acoustic detectors and / or downloading data from bat acoustic detectors.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

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  • Members must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts.
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Able to be self-directed / work alone as well as a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the time they start their term or request a medical or religious exemption.


  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and / or have relevant experience in subject areas such as wildlife ecology, cave sciences, biological sciences, natural resource management, park management, or related discipline.
  • Knowledge of bat ecology, conservation, and sorting acoustic data.
  • Ability and willingness to work in an office for several hours at a time.
  • Deep interest in bat ecology, conservation, and / or cave sciences.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC National Recruitment Specialist, Madison Ficca, at

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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