Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for several Biological Field Technicians to assist projects out of the Las Vegas NV office. Both full and part-time flexible positions are available, with periodic overnight travel required (compensated). The candidate should be located near enough to support projects between 30 minutes and 4 hours from Las Vegas, NV (all travel expenses are compensated, when travel is required). 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.
Competitive hourly salary
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
Primary duties involve:
Assisting projects for a) conducting wildlife clearance (precon) surveys in CA and NV, b) conducting eagle and bird point counts in central Utah, c) conducting construction and post-construction monitoring at solar energy projects in CA, and d) fatality monitoring for bird and bat fatalities beneath operating wind turbines at a wind facility in the Mojave Desert (northwestern Arizona).
Field work will require long days in high winds and temperatures that can exceed 100F. Early morning start times are required to minimize heat stress.
When working on fatality monitoring projects, work will be require long days of continuous walking, often in close proximity to other team members. Surveyors may be required to walk in excess of 10 miles per day.
Candidates must be comfortable with hazards typical of the desert environment including: sharp vegetation, extreme temperatures, venomous snakes, and dehydration; and must be comfortable operating 4X4 vehicles in rough terrain.
Candidates proficient in electronic data collection (tablet data forms) and data management preferred.
Job duties will require use of compass, global positioning system (GPS) devices, binoculars, range finders, and digital cameras, as well as the ability to maintain equipment throughout the season.
Ideal candidate has a familiarity with Mojave desert wildlife species, especially birds and bats.
Training will be provided for all Project-specific topics.
Technicians will be expected to use good judgment and follow WEST and Project protocols to stay healthy, safe, and efficient.
Compensation: $18.00-20.00 DOE
Start date: Immediate, but flexible
End date: Should commit to at least 2 months, possibility of extension.
Location: Las Vegas, NV and vicinity, including UT, AZ, CA.
Housing: Locally based (southern NV or CA) candidates preferred. Housing is not provided, but some reimbursement may be available.
Additional details: Use of personal vehicle with AWD or 4WD is strongly preferred (mileage reimbursement at the federal rate will be provided). If a personal vehicle is not available a company vehicle may be available. GPS unit, compass, camera, and range finder (if necessary) will be provided by WEST; however, technician must be equipped with their own appropriate field clothing, safety toe boots (steel or plastic), and binoculars.
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.
Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree preferred; however, undergraduates and enthusiastic workers with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.
Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients, and landowners.
Ability to follow protocol is essential.
Good bird and bat identification skills for species in the region and ability to use guides and keys for identification are preferred.
Skilled use of GPS units, topographic maps, compass, and other field equipment is required.
Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work 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.
Applicants must be in excellent physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.
Applicants must be able to hike 10+ miles/day in adverse weather conditions.
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. Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements.
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.