Biological Field Technician, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.

Rock Springs, WY

Position Title: Biological Field Technician

Organization: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.

Location: Rock Springs, WY

Organization Overview: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium sized consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a temporary full-time, Biological Field Technician. 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.

Position Overview:
Project is located in remote southwest Wyoming within one hour of the towns of Rock Springs and Green River. The area provides numerous recreational opportunities within and around the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, and is just 3 hours from Jackson Hole, WY and the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Work schedule will be variable and flexible, and is expected to average at least 35 hours per week. Occasional overtime, weekend and holiday work may be required to complete surveys.

Duties:

  • Conducting four-hour surveys of raptor nests to determine nest status.
  • Conducting surveys for avian species of concern, including mountain plover and burrowing owl.
  • Conducting day-long fall raptor migration surveys.
  • Assisting with various wildlife surveys for energy projects in western Wyoming, including avian point counts, rare plant surveys, eagle use surveys, and grouse lek surveys.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources or an equivalent degree preferred, enthusiastic applicants with relevant field experience also considered.
  • Must follow all WEST safety protocols and conduct field work with safety as top priority.
  • Ability to use, care for and maintain field equipment including work vehicle.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other team members.
  • Ability to adhere to survey schedules, with some surveys beginning before sunrise and/or requiring some 10+ hour days.
  • Ability to stay focused for long periods of time.
  • Ability to provide your own high quality binoculars for surveys.
  • Flexibility to work variable days and times including some weekend work, and the ability to maintain a positive attitude in challenging conditions.
  • An experienced birder with demonstrated experience identifying western bird species by sight and sound, with exceptionally strong eagle and raptor identification skills.
  • Prior experience conducting point counts, raptor nest surveys, or targeted surveys for plant and animal species of concern is a plus.=
  • Prior experience working independently in remote, rugged terrain in mud and snow conditions.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to complete datasheets accurately and submit data timely and regularly.
  • A demonstrated record of safety and good decision-making skills working in remote environments.
  • Experience with ATV/UTV and trailering is highly preferred

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be in good physical condition, able stand or walk for up to 12 hours per day and carry up to 30 lbs. over uneven terrain.
Surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and environmental conditions can be extreme.

Start/End Dates: March 1- October 31

Salary/Pay: $17-$20 per hour, Depends on experience

Application Deadline: March 1

How to Apply: Please use the online application to view the full job description as well as how to apply.

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