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 Biological Field Technician. 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 August 1 to October 15 near Lafayette, Indiana. The technician will be involved in helping determine the effects of wind energy on migratory bats and birds, including federally and state listed species. The primary responsibility of this position is to conduct standardized searches beneath wind turbines to locate bird and bat fatalities.
The successful candidate must be able to live and work in a remote field setting, work well both independently and with others, and follow field and data entry protocols. Job duties require the use of compass, range finder, Global Positioning System device and digital camera, as well as the ability to maintain this equipment. Training will be provided. Technicians are required to follow all safety protocols for WEST and the wind energy facilities.
Technicians will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently. An average workweek will include 30-40 hours, though some weeks will have shorter or longer hours, depending on the seasonal workload. Housing will not be provided. Vehicle will not be provided but mileage will be reimbursed. GPS units and other field equipment will be provided; however, field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (steel-toed or safety-toed boots) and clothing (long pants and shirts with short or long sleeves).
Start Date: August 1, 2018
End Date: October 15, 2019
Compensation: $12-14/ 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 biology, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree preferred. Undergraduates and other enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply. Must be able to work independently and in small groups, and interact positively with project managers, clients, landowners, and other technicians. Candidates experienced in bat and bird identification will be given preference.
Applicants must be in good physical shape and able to hike at a measured pace throughout the day. Surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Skilled use of topographic maps, compass, GPS unit, and other field equipment is 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.
To Apply: Please visit the WEST, Inc. Careers Page