Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Bat Research Assistant  -  Page, AZ

White Nose Syndrome (WNS) modeling predicted that the syndrome would infect the Glen Canyon region as early as 2021, but these models did not account for the long-distance spread of WNS such as the recent cases in Washington State. Similar long-distance transmissions are possible in the southwestern U.S. 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GLCA) is currently home to a diverse bat assemblage comprised of 19 species, including 11 state-listed species, 4 species affected by WNS, & 4 species on which Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has been detected.

Prior to the potential arrival of WNS in the southwest U.S., it is important to document the status & distribution of bat species most susceptible to WNS. The LHP intern, NPS staff, and citizen scientists will utilize proven monitoring methods (i.e. NABat) to assess distribution, abundance, trends & threats of bat species susceptible to WNS & closely related species. This multidisciplinary project will assess bat populations (i.e. NABat mobile and stationary acoustic surveys, and WNS/Pd surveillance); enhance resource protection (i.e. public education regarding cave/mine access); & enhance WNS & bat-related education & outreach (i.e. bat festivals and research poster). The intern will share research results through an oral presentation at the 4th Annual Glen Canyon Bat Festival.

This project is necessary to inform park managers, guide conservation efforts, guide ESA determinations for bat species affected by WNS, and educate the public on WNS and other stressors. This is a great opportunity for the intern, park staff, and citizen scientists to work together to better understand bats, their habitats, and address threats facing these key species.


  • The candidate must be currently seeking or recently completed a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related discipline appropriate to the position. 
  • Additionally, the candidate should possess general knowledge of bat biology and bat conservation
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills are also desired.
  • Lastly, the applicant must be physically fit and willing to spend multiple days and nights working/camping in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area backcountry.
  • Optional: Pre-exposure rabies vaccine will be required for interns who would like to capture and handle bats. Glen Canyon will cover the vaccine expenses. However, if the intern chooses not to receive the vaccine, they can focus on supporting the Bat monitoring crew in activities that don't require direct contact with bats (acoustic monitoring, surveying, data collection, etc).


Park housing will be provided to the intern at no cost. 

About Glen Canyon National Recreation Area:

Opportunities for hiking, boating, swimming, and fishing abound at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which stretches from Arizona to southern Utah.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a panorama of human history. Additionally, the controversy surrounding the construction of Glen Canyon Dam and the creation of Lake Powell contributed to the birth of the modern day environmental movement.