Are you tired of looking out the window at nature wishing you were there? Do you want to put your biology degree to use? We have a job opportunity for you!
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) is a premier environmental and statistical consulting firm with offices across the US. WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies ready and willing to mentor young and transitional professional. Beyond science, we encourage and incentivize participation in conservation actions at the local and national level and have developed a company-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program.
We are looking for multiple biologists to support field surveys throughout the 2022 field season. If you are a recent graduate, working toward a degree, need a change of pace, or late career biologist looking to get back to your field roots this is a great opportunity.
The successful candidates will be responsible for conducting botanical and wildlife surveys in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Previous experience and/or knowledge of BLM and USFS sensitive species and USACE wetland delineation procedures are a plus. Surveys start June 2022 and will continue through October 2022. Biologists will need to be experienced in any or all of the following topics:
General field surveys
Wetland and water delineations
General botanicals inventories
Rare plant surveys
Raptor nests survey
Grouse lek survey
Sensitive species habitat suitability and presence/absence survey
Prairie dogs, burrowing owls, northern long-eared bats, mountain plovers, butterflies, among other state and federally listed species
Our field biologists typically work in teams of two in remote locations across the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain region. We will outfit crews with proper field equipment and supervision. Training to be provide as warranted. Field schedules will vary (and we are open to discussion), but will typically follow a 10-14 day on/10-14 day off rotation. We expect biologists to have basic field skills including but not limited to:
Emphasis on Health & Safety
Ability to follow survey and data collection protocols
Utilize tablets, GPS units, and other field equipment
Physically able to walk long stretches over rough terrain
Experience with 4wd vehicles
Strong communication skills
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.
The requirements for this position are focused on general biology knowledge, a desire to be in the field, and a willingness to follow standard protocols to ensure the successful completion of project work. The successful candidate must be a self-starter who possesses:
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biological studies, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent; or degree in process.
Previous experience conducting botanical and/or wildlife surveys
A strong track record of maintaining positive relationships with coworkers, clients or stakeholders
Ability to follow instructions from managers and accept guidance and constructive criticism
Desire to be outside for long periods of time
WEST is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for everyone and highly recommends all prospective hires be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their start date. While WEST does not currently require vaccinations, please be aware that WEST has a mandatory vaccination policy in place should local, state or federal law require vaccinations. Additionally, WEST has certain clients that require all personnel to be vaccinated prior to working on their projects, so individuals will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to working on those projects. As an exception, 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 outlining a sincerely held belief to qualify for a religious exemption. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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.
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.