Full-time Seasonal Field Biologist Technician: Avian and Bat Fatality Monitoring – Maine

Agency
TRC Environmental Consulting
Location
Maine
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$15 per hour. Overtime avail. Meal & Housing Stipend.
Start Date
04/10/2017
Last Date to Apply
03/20/2017
Description
The primary responsibility of this position is to search fixed plots beneath operating wind turbines for bird and bat fatalities and to collect data on findings. The technician may be required to perform other field tasks as needed (including changing data cards and batteries in acoustic bat detectors). Technicians must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with other biologists and GIS analysts, wind farm operations staff, and TRC project managers, and should be proficient in following protocols, adhering to schedules, and collecting accurate observational data. Bird and bat identification skills are a plus.
The successful candidate must be willing and able to spend a majority of the day alone and outdoors, collecting and managing data with great attention to detail and must possess the scientific background to be able to accurately report the results of field studies. Job duties require use of a tablet, a laptop computer, global positioning system devices, and digital cameras. Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities. Technicians will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe at all times and to follow a TRC Project-Specific Health and Safety Plan. Technicians must be licensed to drive as most of the surveys will entail driving on gravel roads from survey site to survey site throughout each day, and technicians must be able to walk for extended periods outside and in diverse weather and ground-cover conditions. Vehicles will be provided or mileage reimbursed for personal vehicle use (at the current IRS rate). A tablet, GPS unit, digital camera, field vest, hardhat, and laptop will be provided by TRC. Technician is expected to provide own suitable closed toe and over-the-ankle footwear (e.g. hiking boots, etc.) and appropriate outdoor clothing.
Start Date and Duration (approximate): April 10, 2017 through October 20, 2017
Workload: The project will entail approximately 8-10 hours per day of solo surveys, sometimes in inclement weather with additional time at night for data entry and equipment maintenance (e.g. data downloads and charging). There are three projects, and three technicians will be hired. Due to requirements with survey frequency, the three projects have the approximate following schedules of work (at a minimum; note that some additional workdays will be needed occasionally for bias surveys):
Eastern Maine Project: Three non-consecutive days/week (e.g. Mon-Wed-Fri, Mon-Wed-Fri; repeat)
Northern Maine Project: Two days on, one day off, three days on (e.g. Mon-Tues on, Wed off, Thurs-Sat on, Sun off; repeat) Western Maine Project: Three days on, one day off, three days on, one day off; repeat (e.g. Mon-Wed on, Thu off, Fri-Sun on, Mon off, Tue-Thu on…)
Qualifications
Requirements: 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 maintain equipment and perform accurate timely (i.e. daily) data entry and provide fieldwork updates. Ability to follow protocol is essential. Good bird and/or bat identification skills for species in the region, and use of guides and keys for identification are preferred. Job requires the technician to be able to appear for work every day and on time; 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. The ability and determination of the selected applicant to fully commit to the project for the life of the scope of work (April – October) is absolutely crucial. Periodic and short-term unscheduled days off may be granted if required, with adequate notification from the technician.

Compensation: $15 per hour; time-and-a-half ($22.50) after 40 hours in a calendar week (slightly room for negotiation, DOE). A daily meal and housing stipend will be provided (amounts vary depending on location).

To apply: send resume with references to Rich Jordan (rjordan@trcsolutions.com) and Kara Moody (kmoody@trcsolutions.com); inquire to the same with any questions.
Contact Person
Rich Jordan
Contact eMail
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