Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for one full-time temporary wildlife survey technician in Iowa to conduct acoustic bat surveys to help investigate the impact of wind turbines on bats at operational wind facilities throughout Iowa. 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.
Start date: Early July
End date: Late October
Location: Central Iowa
Additional details: Vehicles will be provided for work completion or mileage reimbursed if a personal vehicle is used. Monitoring equipment including associated gear, GPS units, PPE, and data tablets will be provided by WEST. Job candidates must be equipped with suitable field wear including safety-toed boots and outdoor clothing for warm, cold, and inclement weather.
The primary responsibilities of this position are to:
Assist in the deployment of acoustic bat detectors at a wind energy facility
Verify that various equipment is functioning and collecting data, troubleshoot any issues with deployment set up, etc. Precise, thorough, and timely data collection is essential.
Download acoustic data off SD memory cards, back up data, organize, and ship in a timely manner to a bat biologist
Regularly work with bat detectors (and associated set up equipment), global positioning system devices, maps, and compass, as well as the ability to maintain equipment
Effectively communicate equipment and data status updates to supervisor
Strictly follow all safety protocols for WEST and use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently
This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties which may be associated with this position.
Must be able to work independently and communicate effectively and regularly with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients and landowners
Must conduct work safely, following all safety procedures of employer and client, and report all safety incidents to supervisor immediately
Must have excellent time management skills and work ethic
Must be able to organize large sets of data
Must be able to follow written protocols and verbal instruction, and maintain equipment as instructed
Must be able to appear for work on time and safely drive on dirt or gravel roads in adverse conditions
Follow instructions from supervisors and interact professionally and respectfully with coworkers and clients; maintain a positive attitude; and accept guidance and constructive criticism
Skilled use of GPS units, topographic maps, compass, and other field equipment is helpful.
Preference will be given to those who are proficient with technology (i.e. computers, memory cards, data management) or have prior acoustic experience
Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.
Applicant must be able to carry small to moderate loads, and move equipment up to 65 lbs. on occasion.
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. Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements.
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.