Location: Pulaski County, VA
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a temporary 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 in Pualski County, Virginia. The technician will be involved in breeding bird surveys. Successful candidates must be able to live and work in a remote field setting, work well independently, and follow field and data entry protocols. Job duties require use of Global Positioning System devices, and the ability to identify all regional birds by both sight and sound.
An average workweek may include 30-45 hours, though fieldwork may require shorter or longer hours some weeks, depending on the project and seasonal workloads. There may be 1 - 2 weeks without any surveys between BBS rounds. A hotel room will be provided during surveys. Vehicle will be provided or mileage will be reimbursed. GPS units and other field equipment will be provided; however, field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots or steel-toed boots) and clothing (long pants and shirts with sleeves).
The technician will need to do three rounds of surveys beginning May 27 and finishing by June 30, each round of surveys at each point being at least 15 days apart. Surveys to be conducted from sunrise until 10:30 am (approximately a 4 hour 40 min survey window to do point counts daily) plus drive time to and from the project.
Each point count will be 5 minutes long, each point will be 500 m apart in rugged terrain, and the biologist will need to walk between each point recording any avian SGCN heard/seen incidentally along the way. We estimate 9 - 10 ideal-weather survey days per round for standard point counts.
Start Date: May 27, 2018
End Date: June 30, 2018
Compensation: $14-16/ 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.
JOB REQUIREMENTS *
Bachelor’s degree in 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 must have bird identification experience.
Applicants must be in good physical shape and able to hike throughout the day. Surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Skilled use of topographic maps, aerial photography, 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.
Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week)
Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)
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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