Biological Field Technician
Location: Northwestern Ohio (near Payne, OH)
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices in 13 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 has an opening for a crew leader position from July 1 to November 15 in Ohio. Primary responsibilities of this position include managing field crews that will be conducting standardized fatality searches beneath wind turbines to locate bird and bat fatalities, and conducting bias trials, acoustic monitoring survey and avian use surveys. Successful candidates must be able to live and work in a remote field setting, work well both independently and with others, follow field and data entry protocols, and communicate effectively with the client and agency personnel. Job duties require use of compass, Global Positioning System devices, and digital cameras. Training will be provided. An average workweek may include 30-40 hours, though some positions may require shorter or longer hours some weeks, depending on the project and seasonal workloads. Housing will be provided. Vehicle will not be provided but mileage will be reimbursed. GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST; however, field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots or steel-toed boots).
Start date: July 1, 2017
End date: November 15, 2017
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree preferred. Undergraduates and other enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply. Must be able to work independently and in small groups, and interact positively with project managers, clients, landowners, and other technicians. Candidates experienced in leading crews and in bat and bird identification will be given preference.
Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Skilled use of topographic maps, compass, GPS unit, and other field equipment, is required.
Job requires the person filling this position be able to appear for work on time; to walk for long periods of time; to follow instructions from manager and team leader; to interact effectively with coworkers and clients; to maintain positive attitude; and to 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.
• Competitive salary
• Comprehensive Medical (working 30 or more hours a week)
• Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)
• Scheduling Flexibility
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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3. Three professional references (preferably those that have supervised you in the past) with phone numbers and email addresses
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