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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Springfield, IL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

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


    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.


    Key Details:

    • Compensation: $17.00 – $20.00/hour, DOE
    • Travel: Mileage accrued using personal vehicle while traveling for work will be reimbursed at the federal rate, including commute time to and from worksites
    • Start Date: Approximately July 1st, 2023
    • End Date: Approximately October 15, 2023
    • Location: Multiple project locations across central Illinois, all within approximately one hour of Springfield, IL. Applicants residing in the greater Springfield, IL area are encouraged to apply.
    • Additional details: Vehicles will be provided for work completion or mileage reimbursed. Bat detectors including associated gear, GPS units, compass, camera, and will be provided by WEST.


    Job Summary:

    Biological field technicians will assist multiple project locations and project types to provide additional support to other WEST crews. Work may include (but is not limited to) a combination of the following 1) assisting with supplemental tasks to support staff conducting standardized searches beneath wind turbines to locate and document bird and bat carcasses 2) conducting point count surveys for large bird species 3) servicing ultrasonic bat detectors (e.g., AnaBat, SM3, SM4, etc.) used for acoustic surveys for targeted bat species at proposed development projects. An average work week may include 30-40 hours for full-time employees, though there may be weeks requiring shorter or longer hours. Travel to and from the site will be required; personal vehicle use will be reimbursed for mileage at the current federal standard rate, or in some cases, a field vehicle may be provided if necessary. Candidates must be able to travel to multiple project locations, all within approximately an hour of Springfield, IL. Successful candidates will work independently, gaining hands-on field experience collecting scientific data used to assess the impacts of wind turbines on bats and birds in Illinois. Apply now to join our team of nationally recognized avian and bat biologists as a biological field technician!


    The successful candidates for this position will be:

    • Willing to learn and implement a variety of survey methodologies.
    • Able to work a varied schedule, with some workdays beginning as early as sunrise.
    • Able to travel to multiple project locations, all within approximately an hour of Springfield, IL.
    • Able to work independently and in a decentralized team. Must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors and other WEST staff, including adhering to schedules and completing surveys.


    Responsibilities Include:

    • Implement a variety of survey methodologies across projects and follow a varied work schedule.
    • Use of bat detectors, global positioning system devices, maps, compass, tablet and digital cameras as well as the ability to maintain equipment.
    • Conduct field work while adhering to WEST and client fields safety requirements.
    • Record field data in tablets, organize acoustic data, and organize equipment.
    • Participate in WEST’s weekly health and safety calls and adhere to WEST’s safety protocols.
    • Technicians will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently.
    • Assist field supervisors and crew members with various tasks to ensure successful completion of biological studies.


    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.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred; undergraduates or other enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply.
    • Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients and landowners.
    • Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work on time; hiking in adverse conditions with small to moderate loads.
    • Follow instructions from project managers and field supervisors and acoustic crew leaders; interact effectively with coworkers and clients; maintain a positive attitude; and to accept guidance and constructive criticism.
    • Experience with acoustic detectors, GPS units, tablet data collection, compass, and other field equipment preferred.
    • Familiarity with Midwest bird and bat species and/or the ability to use guides and keys for identification. Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job-related activities.


    Physical Requirements:

    • Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.
    • Field work may include hiking to acoustic survey sites with up to 30 pounds of field equipment in varying terrain, sometimes in inclement conditions.
    • Must be able to walk from 10-15 miles a day in a hot humid environment.


    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. 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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