Biological Field Technician, Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.

Southwestern WY, Southeastern ID

Position Title: Biological Field Technician

Organization: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.

Location: Southwestern WY, Southeastern ID

Organization Overview: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a temporary full-time Biological Field Technician with exceptional biological survey experience for a large project in Idaho and Wyoming. 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.

Duties:

  • Conducting various biological field surveys including raptor nests, grouse leks, burrowing owl, mountain plover, yellow-billed cuckoo, midget faded rattlesnake, pygmy rabbit, prairie dog, pocket gopher, forest owls, northern goshawk, three-toed woodpecker, bat hibernacula, and songbird nest searching, with potential for rare plant surveys.
  • Fieldwork will require long, physically challenging days in a range of temperatures and wind speeds.
  • Safe operation of a four-wheel drive vehicle and field truck.
  • Safely managing hazards typical of the environment (sharp vegetation, biting insects, dust, extreme heat, cold and wind).
  • Navigation using a compass and Global Positioning System devices.
  • Work schedule will be variable based on weather and survey schedule and is expected to average 40 hours per week, with potential for overtime.

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be capable of identifying western birds by sight and sound. Experience in raptor identification is highly preferred.
  • Previous experience conducting biological surveys for the species listed above is preferred, but WEST will train the right candidate.
  • Candidates must be able to record data correctly and legibly, follow specific study and safety protocols, and trouble-shoot problems in the field.
  • Candidates should be able to interact positively and professionally with project manager, field lead, landowners, and other technicians.
  • Candidate must be a self-starter, have the ability to appear for work on time (surveys will begin at sunrise), maintain focus for long periods of time, follow instructions from the supervisors, maintain positive attitude, and accept guidance and constructive criticism.
  • Candidate must be able to perform duties with limited supervision.
  • Consistent and effective communication with the team is imperative.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in varying environmental conditions, including rain, high wind, and very cold or hot temperatures.
  • Preferred candidates will have experience operating 4WD vehicles on unimproved roads and in mud or snow conditions.
  • Candidates may encounter snakes, insects, and other wildlife.
  • Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, and other field equipment required.

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.
Candidate must be able to lift heavy equipment (up to 40 lbs.).
Start/End Dates: February 1- October 31

Salary/Pay: $18-$21 per hour, depends on experience

Application Deadline: February 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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