Biological Field Technicians
Location: Ida and O’Brien Counties, Iowa
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) is a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices in 12 states. WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data. This unique blend of disciplines and our years of experience in both areas allow us to provide original solutions to a wide range of natural resources issues from inventory to permitting to risk assessment to basic research. WEST provides consulting services to government, industry and other organizations.
WEST, Inc. has openings for full-time, limited tenure biological technicians in the northwestern Iowa.
The primary responsibility of this position is to search designated plots beneath wind turbines for bird and bat fatalities and collect data to measure sources of bias in fatality estimation. There may be limited opportunities to conduct additional biological surveys. Selected technicians will work independently and must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with other technicians, site management, and WEST project managers, including following protocol, adhering to schedules, and providing routine summaries of survey efforts.
Field work for fatality monitoring will entail long hours of walking, sometimes in inclement conditions. A successful candidate must be willing and able to spend a majority of the day in the elements, collecting and managing data with great attention to detail and must possess the scientific background to be able to accurately report the scientific methods and results of field studies. Job duties require use of compass, global positioning system devices, binoculars, range finders, and digital cameras as well as the ability to maintain equipment. Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities. Technicians will be required to follow all safety protocols for WEST and the wind energy facilities. Technicians will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently.
Vehicles will be provided for work completion or mileage reimbursed for personal vehicle use. GPS unit, compass, camera, and range finder (if necessary) will be provided by WEST, however, technician must be equipped with and provide own suitable safety toed footwear (rugged hiking boots, etc.), clothing, and binoculars.
Housing stipend may be provided to qualifying technicians.
Start date: March 2017
Duration: March 2017 – November 2017
Workload: Full-time, with some scheduling flexibility.
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree preferred; however, undergraduates and enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply. Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients, and landowners. Must be able to maintain equipment. Ability to follow protocol is essential, and macro-photography experience preferred. Good bird identification skills for species in the region, ability to identify bats in the region, and use of guides and keys for identification are preferred.
Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Skilled use of GPS units, topographic maps, compass, and other field equipment is required.
Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work on time; hike in adverse conditions for long hours; follow instructions from project managers and field supervisors; interact effectively with coworkers and clients; maintain a positive attitude; and accept guidance and constructive criticism. Precise and thorough data collection is essential.
Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.
Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)
Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; and a DMV records check that meets WEST’s minimum criteria to operate a motor vehicle on behalf of the company. A valid driver’s license will be required. Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements. This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of the duties which may be associated with this position.
WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Further, WEST takes affirmative action to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly, and without discrimination, for recruitment, selection, advancement, and every other term and privilege associated with employment.
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