Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for Biological Field Technicians. Since 1990, WEST 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.
Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week)
Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)
Join WEST and you will discover and enjoy:
Family friendly environment
Diverse workforce and DE&I efforts
Great work/life balance
Flexible and Casual work culture
Professional growth opportunity
Safe and happy working environment
The primary responsibility of this position is to conduct standardized fatality searches beneath wind turbines to locate bird and bat fatalities. Successful candidates must be able to live and work in a remote field setting, work well both independently and with others, and follow field and data collection protocols. Training will be provided. An average work week may include 30-40 hours for full-time employees, though there may be weeks requiring shorter or longer hours, depending on the project and seasonal workloads. Travel between sites will be required; personal vehicle use is encouraged and mileage will be reimbursed.
Standardized fatality searches
Standardized protocols to measure sources of bias in fatality surveys
Potential opportunities to conduct additional biological surveys
Compensation: $15.00 – 16.00 per hour, DOE
Start date: June 28, 2021
End date: October 16, 2021
Location: Various Counties, Iowa
Housing: Housing or rent reimbursement may be provided to qualifying technicians
Additional details: A vehicle can be provided for work purposes if needed.
This a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties that may be associated with this position.
Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred; Undergraduates or other enthusiastic workers are still encouraged to apply
Candidates with in-field experience with regional wind projects will be given preference
Experience with macro-photography, bat and bird identification of Midwestern species, and guides/keys for identification is preferred
Skilled use of computers, GPS units, topographic maps, compass, and other field equipment is required
Candidates must be organized, and able to collect and manage data, including implementing quality control measures
Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients, and landowners
Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work on time; start times can often start as early as sunrise
Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will require walking for entire shifts in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme
Technicians must be equipped with and provide own suitable safety toed footwear (steel or composite-toe), binoculars, clothing, water bottles, etc.
After an offer of employment is made, the candidate must successfully pass a pre- employment background check, drug screening, 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.
WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, genetics, and any protected veteran status, and 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.