Wildlife Field Technician: Forest City, Iowa

Tetra Tech
Forest City, Iowa
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Tetra Tech has openings for at least two wildlife field technicians working on projects assessing the impact of wind energy on eagles in north-central Iowa (near Forest City, Iowa) from early September 2022 through August 2024. Field work for this position includes working on average 35– 40 hours per week, some overtime possible, for up to two full years. The primary responsibilities of this position are to implement a post-construction fatality monitoring program at an operational wind facility. The program is inclusive of fatality searches and carcass persistence trials, adhering to standardized protocols as trained, working with a field crew, and keeping detailed data. Candidates who have previous field experience with birds are preferred. Candidates must be able to walk for extended periods of time and be able to effectively handle exposure to weather extremes. Field technicians may work independently or in small crews and must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with each other, offsite Tetra Tech supervisors, and site management teams. Technicians will be required to follow all wind facility-specific and Tetra Tech safety protocols, and will be expected to provide their own suitable footwear (reinforced-toed hiking boots) and weather appropriate field gear, other job-specific field equipment will be provided, as well as comprehensive training. The field work is anticipated to begin in early September 2022 and continues through August 2024. Some flexibility is possible with regards to the number of hours per week and duration of employment, but applicants must be reliable and willing to travel to and from the field location. The technicians will be responsible for their own housing throughout the study period, but vehicles, hotels, and per diem will be provided. Salary will be commensurate with experience and range from $20-$25/hour.
Qualifications: • Must live within a relatively close proximity (~100 miles) to Forest City, Iowa and be willing to commute. Must have prior field experience and be willing and able to work long hours in sometimes harsh conditions (rain, heat, snow); • First-aid certification is preferred; • Must be able to work independently and with others, and interact positively with project managers, clients, and landowners; • Experience with 4x4 vehicles, valid driver’s license and clean driving record; • Must be able to follow instructions from manager and collect precise and thorough data; • Must be able to work with electronic data collection protocols and data submission timing requirements; and • Must be skilled with communication, have the ability to maintain positive attitude and to accept guidance and constructive criticism. • Skilled use of topographic maps, GPS units, and other field equipment is preferred; • Ability to identify eagles and other raptors preferred; • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree preferred. Individuals currently seeking degree and/or other enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply; • Travel time to the field site will be compensated for up to 3 hours roundtrip. Candidates residing within this distance are preferred, but not required. The field study site is in north-central Iowa, near Forest City, Iowa. This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not all-inclusive of the duties which may be associated with this position. Tetra Tech reserves the right to modify this job description, job requirements, and job duties as necessary. Before applying online, please send via email ONE (not separate attachments) .doc or .pdf file that contains the following. Applications will be reviewed and those that best meet the needs of the project will be asked to apply online. 1. Cover letter stating why you are the best candidate for this position. 2. Resume which includes dates of employment, and the address and phone number for each employer. 3. Three references with phone numbers and email. 4. Description of your anticipated availability (duration and hours per week)
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