Bat Box Monitor Volunteer

Ongoing Applications

  • Volunteer TypeGreat Outdoors

Bat Box Monitors assist the Natural Resources team in identifying and monitoring bat boxes in select Lakewood Parks. Bat Box Monitors help determine the success of bats native to the area. 

A long-eared brown bat.

Position Description

Department
Community Resources
Division
Parks
Committee
Bat Box Monitor
Contact
lingil@lakewood.org or 303-697-6157

If you are passionate about natural resources and making a difference, consider investing your time with City of Lakewood Parks.

Our mission: We are committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural service and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.

We value INTEGRITY, COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION, LEADERSHIP, ADAPTABILITY, and DIVERSITY. Under these guiding principles we have created an open and diverse organization that thrives on new ideas and people passionate about creating a better outdoor recreation and natural world for the next generation. So what are you waiting for? 

Purpose

This volunteer position's primary purpose is to assist the Natural Resources team in identifying and monitoring bat boxes in select Lakewood Parks. Bat Box Monitors help determine the success of bats native to the area. They record observations of bats, including but not limited to, signs of bats near bat boxes, to help enable the Natural Resources Team to develop appropriate management plans related to habitat protection.

The parks included in the bat box monitoring are Bear Creek Lake Park and the Green Belt.

Responsibilities

  1. Monitors bat box sites to determine success/use of boxes.
  2. Monitor bats and take down data for wildlife assessments.
  3. Attempts to identify new sites to include in observations.
  4. Records observations and enters data electronically.
  5. Reports volunteer service hours regularly through the online reporting system, Volgistics.
  6. Reports any out of the ordinary observations of wildlife to park staff.

Bat Box Monitors are responsible to complete a minimum of at least 20 hours per year to obtain an annual park pass.

Schedule

Bat box monitoring has no set schedule. Volunteers must be able to monitor a site at least twice a month between April and October. Monitoring must be performed during evening and twilight hours, right before dark is often best for observing bats. Each shift can take up to 1 hour.

Qualifications

The volunteer must be able to prove the following ability to:

  • Complete all training, including a 1-hour park orientation training and additional bat box monitoring techniques training. 
  • Work with the Park Ranger Naturalist, Park Resource Specialist and park staff in a team.
  • Wear provided uniform and be able to provide your own binoculars or scope.
  • Be physically capable to perform duties as required and follow are park rules and regulations.
  • Enter all volunteer hours in the City’s Volgistics and reporting systems.  

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age for this committee. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult while performing volunteer service. 

Training

A basic, approximately 1 hour, park orientation will be required, along with a 1 to 2-hour specific training in bat box monitoring techniques with the park staff. Additional educational enrichment and job shadowing will be offered throughout the year. 

Work Environment

Indoor/Outdoor – this position participates seasonally between the months of April through October. The changing Colorado weather is a strong factor.

Benefits

As a volunteer for City of Lakewood Parks there is a potential for many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • A Bear Creek Lake Park Annual Pass
  • Education and trainings
  • Obtaining skills for future employment
  • Networking 

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