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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Fort Dodge, IA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/20/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a temporary part 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 Benefits:

    Competitive salary

    Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week)

    Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)

    Join WEST and you will discover and enjoy:

    Family friendly environment

    Diverse workforce and DE&I efforts

    Great work/life balance

    Flexible and Casual work culture

    Professional growth opportunity

    Safe and happy working environment

    Job Summary:

    The primary responsibly of this position is to conduct standardized searches for bird and bat carcasses beneath wind turbines. Successful candidates must be able to work in a rural field setting, work well both independently and with others, and follow field and data entry protocols. Previous experience conducting carcass searches is preferred. Training will be provided. An average workweek will be approximately 20-30 hours, though there may be weeks requiring shorter or longer hours depending on seasonal objectives. Travel around site will be required; personal vehicle (4-wheel or all-wheel drive) use will be reimbursed.

    Responsibilities include:

    Standardized fatality searches

    Standardized protocols to measure sources of bias in fatality surveys

    Potential opportunities to conduct additional biological surveys

    Project Length: July 1 – October 15, 2020
    Schedule: 20-30 hours per week, with some scheduling flexibility depending on location
    Compensation: $15 - $17 per hour, DOE
    Location: Fort dodge, IA is centrally located between projects.


    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.



    Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred; Undergraduates or other enthusiastic workers are still encouraged to apply

    Candidates with field experience at regional wind projects will be given preference

    Experience with bat and bird identification of Midwestern species or ability to identify species using guides/keys is preferred

    Skilled use of computers, GPS units, topographic maps, compass, and other field equipment is required

    Candidates must be organized, and able to collect and manage data, including implementing quality control measures

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

    Must be able to appear for work on time; start times will often be as early as sunrise


    Physical Requirements:

    Applicants must be in good physical condition; surveys will require walking for entire shifts in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme

    Technicians must be equipped with and provide own suitable safety toed footwear (steel or composite-toe), clothing suitable for outdoor work in all elements, and binoculars (at least 8x42)


    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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