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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems tEchnology, Inc.
      Location: Green River, WY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

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


    Key Details:

    • Compensation: $17-$20/hour DOE
    • Start date: late February or March 2023
    • End date: October 2023 with the possibility of an extension
    • Location: Southwest Wyoming
    • Housing: Reimbursement up to $500/month. Candidate will need to secure their own housing in Rock Springs or Green River, Wyoming.
    • Additional details: Project is located in remote southwest Wyoming within one hour of the towns of Rock Springs and Green River. The area provides numerous recreational opportunities within and around the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, and is just 3 hours from Jackson Hole, WY and the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Work schedule will be variable and flexible, and is expected to average at least 35 hours per week. Occasional overtime, weekend and holiday work may be required to complete surveys.


    Job Summary:

    Primary responsibility of this position is:

    • Conducting four-hour surveys of raptor nests to determine nest status.
    • Conducting surveys for avian species of concern, including mountain plover and burrowing owl.
    • Conducting day-long fall raptor migration surveys.
    • Assisting with various wildlife surveys for energy projects in western Wyoming, including avian point counts, rare plant surveys, eagle use surveys, and grouse lek surveys.


    The successful candidate for this position will have the following qualifications:

    • An experienced birder with demonstrated experience identifying western bird species by sight and sound, with exceptionally strong eagle and raptor identification skills.
    • Prior experience conducting point counts, raptor nest surveys, or targeted surveys for plant and animal species of concern is a plus.
    • Prior experience working independently in remote, rugged terrain in mud and snow conditions.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to complete datasheets accurately and submit data timely and regularly.
    • A demonstrated record of safety and good decision-making skills working in remote environments.
    • Experience with ATV/UTV and trailering is highly preferred.


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



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources or an equivalent degree preferred, enthusiastic applicants with relevant field experience also considered.
    • Must follow all WEST safety protocols and conduct field work with safety as top priority.
    • Ability to use, care for and maintain field equipment including work vehicle.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other team members.
    • Ability to adhere to survey schedules, with some surveys beginning before sunrise and/or requiring some 10+ hour days.
    • Ability to stay focused for long periods of time.
    • Ability to provide your own high quality binoculars for surveys.
    • Flexibility to work variable days and times including some weekend work, and the ability to maintain a positive attitude in challenging conditions.


    Physical Requirements:

    • Applicants must be in good physical condition, able stand or walk for up to 12 hours per day and carry up to 30 lbs. over uneven terrain.
    • Surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and environmental conditions can be extreme.


    WEST is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for everyone and highly recommends all prospective hires be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their start date. While WEST does not currently require vaccinations, please be aware that WEST has a mandatory vaccination policy in place should local, state or federal law require vaccinations. Additionally, WEST has certain clients that require all personnel to be vaccinated prior to working on their projects, so individuals will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to working on those projects.  As an exception, employees may also request a Medical or Religious exemption from the vaccine requirement and the request must be supported by a doctor for a medical exemption or by a statement from the employee outlining a sincerely held belief to qualify for a religious exemption. Please contact us if you have any questions.


    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. 


    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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