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Biological Field Technician

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST)
United States, Wyoming, Casper
February 07, 2024
Job Title
Biological Field Technician
Location
Casper, WY US (Primary)
Job Type
Temporary
# of Hires Needed
2
Job Description

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic environmental and statistical consulting firm with offices across the United States and Canada, is looking for a temporary, full-time, Biological Field Technician .

WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data. Since its founding in 1990, the WEST team has shaped the foundation of what we do, and what we believe in through our core values and key principles. Our work matters to our clients, communities, and the environment. Join WEST and discover a company of passionate, committed, and highly motivated individuals.

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Key Details:



  • Compensation: $18-$23/hour, DOE
  • Housing: $500 monthly housing reimbursement
  • Start Date: mid-January 2024
  • End Date: mid-January 2025 (with a possibility of extension)
  • Location: Casper, Wyoming
  • Additional Details: Field equipment will be provided by WEST. Field technicians must be equipped with professional-grade binoculars, suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots), and appropriate clothing.



Job Description:

The primary duty involves conducting avian use surveys for passerines and raptors (with an emphasis on eagles).

Additional requirements:



  • Regularly navigate on unimproved roads in a remote location with the use of either a four-wheel drive vehicle or an ATV/UTV.
  • Additional tasks may include big game surveys, raptor nest surveys, acoustic bat data collection, prairie dog colony delineation, and post-construction monitoring at nearby wind facilities.


  • The job will consist of up to 8-12-hour days, 30-40 hours per week.
  • Field conditions will include a range of extreme high and low temperatures and varying high wind speeds.
  • Candidate must be comfortable with hazards typical of the environment (sharp vegetation, driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat and cold). Job duties require navigation in a remote area using a compass, GPS, and and/or mobile applications. ATV or UTV experience is a plus.



This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of the duties which may be associated with this position.

Job Requirements

Requirements:



  • Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources or an equivalent degree preferred, enthusiastic applicants with relevant field experience also considered.
  • Candidates must be capable of identifying birds in the region, by sight and sound, recording data correctly, following study and safety protocols, keeping on schedule, and trouble-shooting problems in the field.
  • Previous volunteer or work experience conducting avian surveys is highly preferred.
  • Candidates should be able to interact positively and professionally with project manager, field lead, landowners, and other technicians.
  • Employee must be able to appear for work on time (surveys often begin as early as sunrise), maintain focus for long periods of time, follow instructions from the team leader, maintain positive attitude, and accept guidance and constructive criticism.
  • Consistent communication with the team is imperative.
  • Environmental conditions include working in rain, wind, mud, snow, and very cold or hot temperatures.
  • Candidates may encounter snakes, insects, and other potentially hazardous wildlife.
  • Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, tablets, 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.



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

Education
Bachelor's Degree
Exemption Type
Non-Exempt
Application Deadline

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