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 located out of Cheyenne, WY. The location of the work will be in Banner County, Nebraska, and Platte and Goshen Counties, Wyoming.
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.
The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced birder that has previous experience identifying western bird species by sight and sound, with an emphasis on eagle and raptor identification, Candidates must be able to work independently and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors. Written and oral communication and the ability to complete datasheets accurately is required.
• Conduct fixed-point bird use surveys at two proposed wind energy facilities
• Follow all safety procedures and be able to complete assigned tasks safely
This a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties which may be associated with this position
Start Date: ASAP
Compensation: $15-17/ per hour DOE
Location: Banner County, Nebraska, and Platte and Goshen Counties, Wyoming
Workload: 2-4 days a week through September, with at least part time work biweekly through March 2020 if not the potential for full time fieldwork through July 2020
Additional Details: Vehicle will be provided for work completion or mileage reimbursed. GPS units, compass, and spotting scope (if necessary) will be provided by WEST; however, technician must be equipped with and provide own suitable binoculars (10x42 minimum), footwear, and appropriate clothing.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred
• Must follow all WEST safety protocols and conduct field work with safety as top priority
• Must be experienced in avian use point count surveys
• Must be proficient in identification by sight and sound of 1) eagles (all species and age classes), 2) diurnal raptors, and 2) Western bird species,
• Precise and thorough data collection is essential
• Must be able to use compass, global positioning system devices, binoculars, range finders, tablets, and digital cameras; as well as maintain equipment
• Able to work independently and as part of a team, and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other technicians
• Able to appear for work on time, with surveys often beginning at sunrise, and maintain focus for long periods of time
• Must be able to follow instructions from manager and team leader, maintain positive attitude, and accept guidance and constructive criticism
• Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme
• Must be able stand or walk for up to 12 hours per day
• Must be able to carry up to 30lbs over uneven terrain
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, after initial eligibility requirements are met)
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.