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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Jefferson, New York
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for two (2) temporary, full-time Field Technicians to conduct breeding bird surveys in upstate New York. 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: $18.25 - $23.75 per hour, DOE
    • Start date: April 2023
    • End date: mid-July 2023
    • Location: Chenango and Jefferson Counties, NY
    • Housing: $500 monthly housing reimbursement may be provided to assist in local lodging expenses for non-local candidates
    • Additional details: Travel between housing and field sites on public roads will require use of a personal vehicle with mileage reimbursed at current federal rate. Additionally, a rental vehicle may be provided for work purposes.


    Job Summary:

    Successful candidates will conduct field surveys in primarily agricultural/pastoral habitats for grassland nesting birds, including raptors and cryptic passerine species at proposed renewable energy facilities in New York. Surveys typically begin at dawn and will require thorough data collection while identifying avian species by sight and sound. Hiking between survey locations may require up to 2-miles of hiking/day. Opportunities may arise for candidates to conduct evening surveys for grassland species or diurnal broadcast surveys targeting forest nesting raptors.


    Responsibilities include:

    • Identifying cryptic grassland breeding birds (passerine/raptors) by sight and sound.
    • Monitoring target species while stringently recording data on bird’s location and breeding activity.
    • Adhering to WEST and client field and safety protocols.
    • Performing data checks, submitting field data daily, and maintaining good communication between colleagues, supervisors, client personnel, and members of the public who may be encountered while on the job.


    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.



    • Candidate should have a strong interest in ornithology, and must have demonstrational experience identifying eastern grassland bird species and forest raptor species by sight and sound.
    • Previous experience conducting avian surveys, and experience with point counts, broadcast/play-back surveys, or other surveys targeting plant and animal species is strongly preferred.
    • Must live or be willing to relocate to temporary housing near the towns of Watertown, or Norwich, NY. A $500 monthly housing cost reimbursement may be provided to non-local hires.
    • Ability to interpret topographic maps, use cellular mapping applications, and other field equipment is required.
    • Must be able to work alone in the field and be able to appear for work on time (surveys begin before sunrise), and maintain focus for long periods of time.
    • Must be able to cope with changing temperatures, and often chilly, dewy early morning conditions.
    • Must provide own binoculars, suitable footwear (hiking boots), and proper clothing for changing weather conditions.
    • Precise and thorough data collection and submission is essential.
    • Follow all WEST and client safety protocols.

    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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