Location: Upper Peninsula of MI
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 field technician in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan starting immediately on December 7, 2017. The primary duty involves assisting an avian surveyor in conducting field work in remote locations where it is unsafe for an individual to work on their own; no previous experience is required, but would be preferred. Fieldwork would include assisting in loading and towing a trailer with UTV, travel on field roads into project area, field navigation, and helping to observe for avian activity. The job will consist of 8-12 hour days, 3-6 days per month. Field conditions will include a range of extreme high and low temperatures and varying high wind speeds. Candidate must 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 a compass, GPS, paper and electronic map devices. Housing will not be provided. Vehicle will be provided or mileage will be reimbursed. GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST. Field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots) and appropriate clothing.
Compensation: $12-14 / hour
Start date: December 5, 2017
End date: April 15, 2018
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.
Candidates must be capable of following study and safety protocols, keeping on schedule, and trouble-shooting problems in the field. Previous experience conducting field work and operating snowmobiles and UTV’s is preferred. Candidates should be able to interact positively and professionally with project manager, field lead, landowners, and other technicians.
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 the team leader, maintain positive attitude, and accept guidance and constructive criticism. Consistent communication with the team is imperative.
Applicants must be in good physical condition, 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.
Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, 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
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. 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.
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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1. Cover letter convincing the hiring manager why they should interview you
2. Resume which includes education, current and prior employment (with dates, address and phone number for each employer)
3. Three professional references (preferably those that have supervised you in the past) with phone numbers and email addresses
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