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Bat Acoustic Technician

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST)
: $19.25-21.75/hour
United States, Nebraska, Omaha
May 20, 2024
Job Title
Bat Acoustic Technician
$19.25 - $21.75
Job Classification
Central, IA US
Eastern, IL US
Eastern, NE US (Primary)
Western, IA US
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Job Description

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.

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: $19.25-21.75/hour
  • Start date: May 1, 2024
  • End date: October 31, 2024
  • Location: Central Iowa
  • Housing: Provided
  • Additional details: Vehicles will be provided for work completion. 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. Job will require occasional hotel and overnight stays in which per diem and hotel costs will be covered.

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.

Job Requirements


  • 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

Physical Requirements:

  • Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.
  • Applicants must be able to carry small to moderate loads, and move equipment up to 65 lbs. on occasion.

After an offer of employment is made, thecandidatemust successfully pass a pre-employmentbackground 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.

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