Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices in 13 states, is looking for a fulltime, experienced biologist to act as a new Field Coordinator of our Houston, TX office. WEST was founded in 1990 and over the last 27 years has grown to be one of the premier environmental and statistical consulting firms in the United 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 resource issues from inventory to permitting to risk assessment to basic research. WEST provides consulting services to government, industry, and other organizations.
Applicants should have experience with bats (mist-nets, telemetry, and acoustics) and will be responsible for assisting project managers with managing field staff, resources and data on a variety of wildlife survey and analysis projects within the TX-OK regions (travel to other regions may be required), completing bat surveys per USFWS and state guidance, the set-up of new field projects and short-term field surveys and scientific report writing. Travel will be required (50% office time and 50% field time is anticipated on an annual basis; however, monthly breakdowns will be seasonally dependent on work).
Our Bat Biologists / Field Coordinators work individually, as well as with a team of natural resource specialists, scientists and biometricians to:
Complete mist-net, telemetry, and bat acoustic surveys per USFWS and state guidelines
Assist in the day to day administration of projects
Train field technicians
Setup, supervise and direct field studies
Prepare and write reports
Provide quality assurance of data
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.
The Bat Biologist / Field Coordinator we are seeking has a great opportunity to help WEST take the next step in our growth as a full service environmental consulting firm. The successful candidate must be a self-starter who possesses:
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, rangeland sciences or equivalent.
USFWS mist-net permit (or ability to be added to WEST’s permit)
Wildlife biology technical knowledge
Strong, competent writing skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail and accurately report the scientific methods and results of field studies
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
Good time management, project management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines
A track record of maintaining positive relationships with coworkers, clients or stakeholders
Ability to follow instructions from managers and accept guidance and constructive criticism
Ability to effectively supervise others
Ability and willingness to travel
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.
Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, many of which have been part of the WEST family for over a decade. WEST has a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.
Competitive salary and bonus structure
Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays
Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
SEP IRA (100% employer contributions)
Life insurance, Long Term Disability and AD&D
Profit sharing potential
Excellent administrative support
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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