Each year, around the UK, Arbtech undertake hundreds of Bat Emergence and Re-entry Surveys (“BERS”). Many of these surveys are undertaken with the help of subcontract and/or part-time bat survey assistants.
We are looking for BERS Surveyors and Assistants to undertake part-time subcontractor work during the summer bat survey season (May – September1) to support our project managers and full-time ecologists.
We work to the Bat Conservation Trust’s Good Practice Guidelines for professional Ecologists2. This means the work typically involves spending around 2.5 hours in the late evening or early morning outside the surveyed property, operating handheld bat detectors and accurately recording any activity using the methods we will prescribe (normally handwritten on survey sheets, but sometimes digitally).
We have a frictionless, easy to use online allocation system to ensure available work is easily visible, and you can sign up to help us with as much or as little as you like.
We have some subcontractors who only take on a handful of surveys a season, and others who do a survey 5-6 nights a week (students, mostly!) and use this as their main source of income during the summer.
Most surveyors fall somewhere in-between these extremes, taking on 2-3 surveys a week to maintain a good balance with any other work commitments, and their home life.
Again, to be perfectly clear, we don’t allocate you work. You allocate it for yourself.
We work literally everywhere in the UK, including the Crown Dependencies; however, the bulk of our work is in England and Wales.
BERS Surveyors and Assistants vary in skill and experience, and we reflect this with a variable rate of pay, with a basic rate for assistants (at the lower end of the experience spectrum) and an increased rate per survey for skilled surveyors.
We also have a higher band for those surveyors than want to lead a survey/site/project and undertake some associated admin; we call them BERS project managers, or PMs.
Assuming 2.5 hours on site and 1.5 hours travelling to and from site, an assistant would average £16.25/hr and a PM would average £32.50/hr.Nota bene
We get many requests each year to work weekends, particularly in schools. To help compensate you for the interruption to your weekend, we offer an increase of £10 on each of the rates for weekend working, which again, you can accept or decline at your own discretion.
Mileage is paid in addition to the above rates for the most efficient route for your journey to and from site. Our 2022 rate for mileage is 30p per mile. This is increased by 10p per mile for any extra people you bring with your site to encourage ride sharing and decrease our carbon footprint.3
This is dealt with in the example above.
To be clear, we do not pay travel time. This allows us to quote a fixed price to our clients. You know in advance where the subject site is and can elect to accept or decline work at your discretion based upon how far away it is.
Aside from the massive volume of work we get, the end of season socials and things like rapid payment and the frictionless way we offer/allocate work mean many of our BERS assistants, surveyors and PMs stick with us year in and year out. (Quite a few are now full time Arbtechers and for ecology careers, BERS work is the easiest way to jump the 100-or-so long queue of applicants for our graduate roles if you want us to notice you – and has the added benefit that we both get to “try before we buy”, so to speak.)
In addition to this, for those who intend to remain as subcontractors, we offer a series of escalating benefits for people that stick with us year to year, including:
We are committed to offering you free training to help you develop your skills.
So, if you’re a BERS Assistant and did 50 surveys with us in 2021, if you do another 50 (or more) this year in 2022, we will pay for external training courses of your choice up to the value of (65x50x10%=) £325.00 (inc VAT)!!
Email a covering letter and your CV to dream[email protected]. Every person to do this will get a response.
Include the following information as a minimum, ideally using the same numbering system:
Applications that do not contain all information requested in 1-6 (above) will be rejected without a response.
Once you have applied, one of us will reach out with a response and we can put you in touch with an Arbtecher.
Depending upon the time of year and your skill level, you might be invited to join us at a pre-season training and orientation event.
Once that is done, you will be added to our company database of BERS subcontractors, sent our subcontractor agreement, and if you agree to that, provided with a link to videos showing you how to access the online system through which we allocate BERS work.
Finally, see the most common questions we get below!
We look forward to you joining us!
1 Occasionally, April and October where useful data can be collected. This is assessed on a case-by-case
2 Unless we have a very good reason to deviate from them, which is rare. For probity, we always use the
3 COVID-safe practice is encouraged so only ride share if you feel comfortable to do so.