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    Chris McCreedy
    • Employer: Atwell
      Location: Nebraska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Apologies to those that read through our posting and noticed it lacked contact information! There was some language in the posting interface that led me to think that I did not need to add my address. Please send your application materials to Chris McCreedy, cmccreedy*AT*atwell-group.com

    Atwell is a full-service environmental consulting, engineering, and construction services firm. We deliver creative solutions to clients in renewable energy markets, in real estate and land development, and in oil and gas. Our environmental engineers, geologists, hydrogeologists, ecologists, biologists, and regulatory specialists offer a diverse range of services and technical expertise to help clients successfully comply with local, state, and federal regulations.


    At Atwell, we’re inspired by complex challenges, excited about the unexpected, ready for the project that gets us thinking, solving, delivering. To us, success means offering solutions that anticipate what clients need, and delivering beyond what’s expected.


    Atwell is searching for a Part Time temporary employee to work at a project site as an Avian Field Technician. We expect hours to average between 30-40 hours per week for one year. Additional work conducting other project-related biology surveys is likely but not guaranteed. Start date is early March 2020 and the position will continue for one year through February 2021.


    Job Summary:
    Avian Field Technician position is for spring 2020 through spring 2021 field seasons for a project located in eastern Nebraska. The biologist will conduct and assist senior staff in performing avian field surveys, including breeding bird and other seasonal avian use surveys, according to established protocols. The Avian Field Technician will be responsible for independently performing avian use surveys.


    Qualified applicants should be able to identify birds that occur in Eastern and Central Nebraska and possess good visual and auditory acuity, with previous avian point count survey experience required.  Applicants must be in excellent physical condition, able to work under adverse weather conditions, and be able to traverse uneven terrain with four-wheel drive or all-terrain vehicles for extended periods of time. The ability to work both independently and with others is essential. 


    We take pride in our training that will be provided for all survey-related tasks and other job-related activities, and there is a strong likelihood that additional opportunities to gain experience with plant and acoustic bat surveys will develop for the Field Technician, though this is not guaranteed. Field Technician will be trained by senior staff on survey methodologies, confirming quality and accuracy of data recording, use of GPS receivers and software, and safe and correct use of vehicles and equipment.


    Bachelor's degree in wildlife biology / management, biological sciences, or closely related field is preferred. Selection of candidates will be based on previous experience in conducting bird surveys, ability to interpret and navigate via topographic maps, familiarity with GPS and experience in operating four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs. A valid driver’s license is required for Field Technician to be selected for this position and operate company vehicles.  Potential candidate should be well organized and self-motivated and able to perform duties independent of constant direct supervision. A housing allowance and vehicle will be provided.


    Experience Requirements:

    ·        Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred but not required

    ·        Strong ability to identify birds that occur in Eastern and Central Nebraska required, with prior grassland experience preferred

    ·        Avian point count survey experience required, with other previous biology survey experience including breeding bird survey experience preferred

    ·        Ground-based lek survey experience preferred

    ·        Data entry and proofing with Microsoft Excel or via mobile data entry

    ·        Experience conducting solo field work in remote locations requiring distance estimation, spotting scope use, laser rangefinder use, and field navigation with GPS

    ·        Experience conducting other non-avian field work preferred, as there may be opportunities to also support special status plant surveys and assist with acoustic bat monitoring survey

    ·        Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, clients, landowners, and other technicians

    ·        Field Technician must be equipped with and provide own suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots, etc.), clothing, and binoculars

    ·        Technician will be required to follow all safety protocols


    Physical Requirements:

    ·        Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and other weather conditions can be extreme

    ·        Candidate must be comfortable with hazards typical of the field environment (sharp vegetation, ticks, driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat and cold).

    ·        Successful candidate must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; and a motor vehicle records check that meets Atwell’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.


    Key Benefits:

    ·        Competitive hourly wage

    ·        Housing allowance provided

    ·        Vehicle will be provided



    Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Chris McCreedy

    Edited by Chris McCreedy

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