Biological Field Technician – Lafayette, IN
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a fulltime, senior level Project Manager/Biologist in our Golden Valley, MN office. 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.
WEST has an opening for a biological field technician from May 2018 to 2019 near Lafayette, Indiana. Primary duties involve conducting standardized avian use surveys (i.e. avian point count surveys). Fieldwork will require long days in a range of temperatures (hot in summer; cold in winter) and wind speeds. Candidate must be able to identify Midwestern birds by sight and sound, and be comfortable with hazards typical of the environment (sharp vegetation, driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat and cold). Job duties require use of compass, and Global Positioning System devices. Training will be provided. An average workweek may include 30-40 hours, though some positions may require shorter or longer hours some weeks, depending on the project and seasonal workloads.
Housing will not be provided. Vehicle will be provided or mileage reimbursed. GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST; however, field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots).
Start Date: March 1, 2018
End Date: May 1, 2019 with possibility for extension
Compensation: $15-17/ per hour DOE
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. Must be proficient in identification of Midwest bird species by sight and sound and able to work independently and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other technicians. Candidates experienced in field bird identification will be given preference.
Employee must be able to appear for work on time (surveys often begin as early as sunrise); maintain focus for long periods of time; follow instructions from manager and team leader; maintain positive attitude; and accept guidance and constructive criticism. Precise and thorough data collection is essential.
Applicants must be in good physical shape as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Environmental conditions include working in rain, wind, mud, and very cold or hot temperatures. Candidates may encounter snakes, insects, and other wildlife. Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, and other field equipment required.
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.
WEST is an employee owned organization with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.
• Competitive salary
• Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week)
• Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)
• Scheduling Flexibility
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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