Westwood Professional Services has two (2) openings for biological field technicians for a wind project in Paulding County, Ohio beginning from June 21 to November 15, 2018. Primary responsibilities of this position include conducting standardized fatality searches beneath wind turbines to locate bird and bat fatalities. Candidates must be able to live and work in a remote field setting, work well both independently and with others, and follow field and data entry protocols. Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job-related activities. An average work week will be approximately 40 hours, although some weeks may require slightly less than or more than 40 hours. A housing stipend will be provided. Candidates would most likely live in Fort Wayne, Indiana and commute to the site daily.
Use of personal vehicle will be required and mileage reimbursement will be paid for personal vehicle use. 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 suitable clothing (long pants).
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 experienced in bat and bird identification will be given preference.
Applicants must be in good physical shape and able to hike at a measured pace throughout the day. Surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Skilled use of topographic maps, compass, GPS unit, and other field equipment, is required.
Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check and a DMV records check that meets Westwood’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.