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    Biological Field Tech (Birder)

    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Lafayette, IN
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/15/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a full-time temporary Biological Field Technician located out of Lafayette, IN.  
    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.
    Job Summary:
    The successful candidate for this position will be able to work independently with the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors and clients, have previous experience with raptor observation and be able to identify Midwest birds by sight and sound. This position requires prior experience conducting avian use surveys and a high level of birding skills. 
    Responsibilities include: 
    • Standardized avian use surveys (i.e. fixed-point count surveys)
    • Daily long-term observations of eagles and eagle nest activity
    • Maintenance of acoustic bat monitoring equipment
    • Potential to assist with post-construction monitoring efforts.
    This a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties which may be associated with this position
    Project Length: April 15, 2019 – April 1, 2020 
    Compensation: $15-17/ per hour DOE 
    Schedule: 30-40 hours/week though some positions may require shorter or longer hours some weeks, depending on the project and seasonal workloads
    Additional Details: Vehicle will be provided or mileage reimbursed

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred
    • Must be experienced in avian use surveys specifically point-count surveys; candidates with higher level birding skills will be given preference
    • Must be proficient in identification of Midwest bird species by sight and sound
    • Precise and thorough data collection is essential
    • Must be able to use compass, global positioning system devices, binoculars, range finders, tablets, and digital cameras; as well as maintain equipment 
    • Able to work independently or as part of a team, and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, 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 manager and team leader
    • Maintain positive attitude and accept guidance and constructive criticism 
    • Follow all WEST safety protocols
    • Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities
    Physical Requirements:
    • Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme
    Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; 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 is an employee owned organization with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.
    Key Benefits:
    • Competitive salary
    • Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week)
    • SEP/IRA (100% employer contributions, after initial eligibility requirements are met)
    WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or 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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