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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Chenoa, IL
      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 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:
    Primary duties involve:

    Conducting fatality monitoring for bird and bat fatalities beneath operating wind turbines

    Collect data to measure sources of bias in fatality estimation

    Fieldwork will require long days in a range of temperatures and wind speeds.

    Fatality monitoring will entail long hours of walking, sometimes in inclement conditions.

    Hours worked is between 30-40 hours per week and may require overtime.

    Job duties require use of compass, global positioning system devices, binoculars, range finders, and digital cameras as well as the ability to maintain equipment.

    Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities.

    Technicians will be required to follow all safety protocols for WEST and the wind energy facilities.

    Technicians will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently.


    Compensation: $12-15/hour DOE
    Start date: 6/15
    End date: 10/15, with possibility of extension
    Location: Chenoa, IL
    Hiring: One technician
    Housing: No Housing
    Additional details: The technician must have reliable transportation to and from the work site and will be reimbursed mileage at the current federal standard rate. GPS unit, compass, camera, and range finder (if necessary) will be provided by WEST, however, technician must be equipped with and provide own suitable safety toed footwear (rugged hiking boots, etc.), clothing, and binoculars.

    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 equivalent degree preferred; however, undergraduates and enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply.

    Must live within 1 hour drive of the towns of Chenoa, Illinois

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

    Must be able to maintain equipment.

    Ability to follow protocol is essential.

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

    Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work on time; follow instructions from project managers and field supervisors; interact effectively with coworkers and clients; maintain a positive attitude; and accept guidance and constructive criticism.

    Precise and thorough data collection is essential.

    Field technicians must be equipped with and provide own suitable footwear (rugged hiking boot) and clothing.


    Physical Requirements:

    Applicants must be in good physical shape and able to navigate rugged terrain at a measured pace throughout the day as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.


    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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