Are you interested in environmental consulting services? Do you enjoy working outside and thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellent data collection, team collaboration, and services provided to clients? Are you looking for an opportunity to start and grow your environmental consulting career? SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) is seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to join our team as an Avian Field Technician.
The Avian Field Technician will be based out of our Broomfield, Colorado office to conduct field work primarily in southeastern Wyoming, and potentially other areas within the Rocky Mountain and Northern Great Plains regions. Starting winter of 2021, permanent housing will be provided in Laramie, WY. We are looking for someone who is following their passion and dedicated to delivering the highest-quality project work. This exciting position is primarily a field work position with the ability to expand into new roles over time.
The Avian Field Technician position requires some educational or experienced background in biology, natural resource management, ornithology, ecology, or a related field. This primarily field-based position takes place in an outdoor environment, often remote, where the climate, weather and terrain can be demanding. The position may involve an irregular schedule and extended hours. It is anticipated that moderate travel, including overnight stays, may be required. Field work will be primarily in the Rocky Mountain region but may include travel to states in other ecoregions.
*Conduct avian field studies primarily on post-construction wind development projects, assist with vegetation and habitat surveys, threatened/endangered species assessments, and other avian/wildlife surveys.
*Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, survey points, habitat types, and associated landforms.
*Conduct fieldwork and operate 4WD and off-road vehicles in all terrain and weather conditions.
*Record data on field site forms or in digital tablets, organize and transfer field data, and help support project management team.
*Minimum of B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related field preferred but not required.
*Previous experience with wildlife and/or avian surveys preferred.
*Knowledge of western raptors, eagles, and other avian species strongly preferred.
*Knowledge of avian survey techniques preferred but not required.
*Minimum of one (1) year of experience conducting field work or related outdoor work required.
*Ability to record accurate field notes and communicate effectively with project management team required.
*Ability to identify avian species visually and auditorily preferred but not required.
*Ability to use or learn digital tablet for GPS navigation and recording of field data required.
*Ability to conduct fieldwork for long hours in inclement weather conditions, walk up to 10 miles per day, often in rugged terrain, and carry equipment and/or supplies, weighing up to 40 pounds required.
*Valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a 4WD vehicle on backcountry roads required.
*Ability to drive or learn to drive ATVs, UTVS, and other off-road vehicles and haul trailers required.
*Must have excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.
*Must have ability and willingness to learn new survey and monitoring techniques and protocols.
*Must have ability to take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to assure tasks are completed in the most effective manner.
*Flexibility and willingness to learn company operational and safety procedures required.
*Ability to work as member of a team and individually to make decisions and complete tasks in the most effective manner required.
SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.
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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
In accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA), we are disclosing a good faith estimate of the compensation range for roles that will be, or could be, performed in Colorado.
In Colorado, an employee in this position can expect a rate between $13.00 and $15.00 per hour, depending on experience, geographic locations, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Employees in this position are eligible for consideration for SWCA’s annual bonus program, which provides awards based on individual and organizational performance. To review additional benefits associated with this position, click here: https://www.swca.com/benefits
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