Biological Field Technician – Crew Leader
Location: multiple counties, Iowa
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) is a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices in 15 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 two full-time, limited tenure biological field technicians to serve as crew leaders in several counties throughout Iowa:
The objective of the field work associated with this position is to search designated plots beneath wind turbines for bat and bird fatalities and collect data to measure sources of bias in fatality estimation. There may be limited opportunities to conduct additional biological surveys. Technicians will often work independently but still 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 daily summaries of survey efforts. Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities.
Primary crew leader duties include: 1) scheduling searches and bias trials at each facility; 2) reviewing datasheets and ensuring quality data are being collected; 3) coaching technicians when appropriate; 4) assisting with bias trials; 5) train technicians on use of gear and protocol; 6) assisting in the identification of birds or bats; and 7) assisting with fatality monitoring when necessary. The crew leader will lead a crew of up to ten field technicians. Communication with technicians requires the consistent use of phone/text and email, including availability when crews are working. Travel between sites will be required. In addition, crew leaders will be responsible for maintaining inventory of equipment, organization and shipment of data, and data summaries as requested.
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 (at least 10x42).
Compensation: $17.00 per hour. Housing or rent reimbursement may be provided to qualifying technicians.
Start date: June 29, 2017
Duration: June 29 – October 16, 2017
Workload: Full-time, with some scheduling flexibility.
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree is required. Candidates must be organized, and able to collect and manage data, including implementing quality control measures. These skills require the candidate to have great attention to detail. Candidate must possess the scientific background to be able to accurately report the data collected during field studies. The ability to train others to follow protocol is essential. Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients, and landowners. Candidates with previous experience managing field technicians and in-field experience with regional wind projects will be given preference.
Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will require walking for entire shifts in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. A successful candidate must be willing and able to spend a majority of the day in the elements. Skilled use of computers, GPS units, topographic maps, compass, and other field equipment is required. Job duties require use of binoculars (10x42, minimum), range finders, and digital cameras as well as the ability to maintain equipment. Advanced experience with macro-photography, bat and bird identification for species in the region, and guides and keys for identification 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. Technicians will be required to follow all safety protocols for WEST and the client. Technicians will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently.
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
• 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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