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  • Biological Field Technician - 659

    Guest AJ Eatmon
    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: upstate, New York
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/15/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for up to six Biological Field Technicians to complete dusk surveys for northern harrier and short-eared owl at multiple locations 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 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 successful candidate for this position will be able to work independently and communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors and clients; have experience working in winter weather conditions; be able to identify in-flight raptors; and have previous experience observing and recording raptor behaviors, particularly northern harrier and short-eared owl.


    Responsibilities include:

    • Monitor for winter raptor activity;
    • Follow protocols to collect data, map flight paths, and describe raptor behaviors.

    Project Length: November 15, 2021 – March 31, 2022
    Compensation: $18-21/hr DOE
    Schedule: Four to six survey days per week and approximately 25 to 35 hours per week for 18 weeks
    Additional Details: Technicians will have the option to use a work vehicle provided by WEST or use their own reliable transportation to and from the work site and be reimbursed mileage at the current federal standard rate. A housing reimbursement may be available to qualified non-local applicants.

    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.


    • Proficient in identification of in-flight raptors, particularly northern harrier and short-eared owl; candidates experienced in raptor identification and recording behavioral observations will be given preference
    • Skilled use of topographic maps, GPS applications, and other field equipment is required
    • Must be able to work independently and interact effectively with project managers, clients, landowners, and others.
    • Must be able to cope with snow/ice and winter temperatures
    • Must be equipped with and provide own suitable footwear (hiking boots), binoculars, and proper clothing for winter weather conditions
    • Precise and thorough data collection is essential.
    • Follow all safety protocols for WEST and clients.

    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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