Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium-size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a Biological Field Technician near Essex County, New Jersey. 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, Inc. is a federal contractor and is required under Executive Order 14042 to mandate vaccinations for employment. Effective immediately, all prospective hires will be required to provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or as a condition of employment agree to have their final vaccination dose (either their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson) on or before January 4, 2022. Per the order, employees may also request a Medical or Religious exemption from the vaccine requirement and the request must be supported by a doctor for a medical exemption or by a statement from the employee for a sincerely held belief for a religious exemption.
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 successful candidate for this position will be able to work independently and communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors and clients; have previous experience with eagle observation and be able to identify in-flight eagles, map movements, and take behavioral notes; and have experience working in extreme weather conditions and around heavy equipment.
Monitor for eagle activity and disturbance
Follow protocols to collect data, map flight paths, and describe eagle and raptor behaviors
Upload observations forms electronically on a daily basis
Monitor construction activity
Advise construction company on need for activity shut downs
Notify Agency, WEST, and New Jersey Audubon representatives of any incidents of eagle disturbance related to construction
Project Length: December 2021 – July 2022
Compensation: $17-20/hr DOE
Schedule: 40-60 hours per week
Additional Details: A work truck will be provided by WEST or a suitable candidate can use their personal vehicle and be reimbursed at the current Internal Revenue Service Rate.
Job Location: Essex County, New Jersey
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
Proficient in identification of in-flight and perched eagles; candidates experienced in raptor/eagle identification and recording behavioral observations will be given preference
Skill in use of topographic maps, GPS units, and other field equipment is required
Must be able to work independently and interact effectively with project managers, clients, landowners, and agency staff.
Must be able to cope with long days, snow/ice in winter, and warmer temperatures in summer
Must be equipped with and provide own suitable footwear (steel-toed boots), binoculars, and proper clothing for extreme weather conditions
Precise and thorough data collection is essential.
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.