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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Platte and Laramie County, Wyoming
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/01/2022
      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 full 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.



    • Compensation: $18-21 per hour depending on experience
    • Housing: None 
    • Start Date:  May 2022
    • End Date: May 2023
    • Location: Platte and Laramie Counties, Wyoming
    • Additional Details: GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST. Field technicians must be equipped with professional-grade binoculars (10x minimum), suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots), and appropriate clothing.


    Job Description:
    The primary duty involves conducting:

    • Avian surveys for eagles, hawks, and/or songbirds
    • Job duties require bird identification and the use of a compass, GPS, paper and electronic map devices.
    • This job includes conducting field work in a remote location. Field conditions will include a range of extreme high and low temperatures and varying high wind speeds.
    • Fieldwork may include loading and unloading an ATV or towing a trailer with a UTV, operation of a ATV or UTV, travel on field roads into project area, field navigation, and observing and recording for avian activity.
    • Candidate must be comfortable with hazards typical of the environment (sharp vegetation, driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat and cold).
    • The job will consist of up to 8-12 hour days; 30+ hours per week.
    • Candidates should also expect to be involved in other fieldwork at the project or at other nearby projects. Examples of such fieldwork could include lek surveys, raptor nest surveys, and acoustic detector maintenance.

    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 is preferred.
    • Candidates with ornithological experience in the Rocky Mountain region, recording data correctly, following study and safety protocols, keeping on schedule, and trouble-shooting problems in the field are preferred.
    • Previous experience conducting fixed-point avian surveys is preferred; however, enthusiastic birders will also be considered.
    • Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, and other field equipment required.
    • Previous ATV and/or UTV experience and ATV training certification is preferred
    • Candidates should be able to interact positively and professionally with project manager, field lead, landowners, and other technicians.
    • Consistent communication with the team is imperative.
    • Employee must be able to appear for work on time (surveys often begin as early as sunrise), maintain focus for long periods of time, follow instructions from field coordinators, maintain positive attitude, and accept guidance and constructive criticism.
    • Candidates may encounter snakes, insects, and other wildlife.


    Physical Requirements:

    •  Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.
    • Environmental conditions include working in rain, wind, mud, snow, and very cold or hot temperatures.
    • Some lifting and carrying, up to 50 lbs, may be required.


    Due to stringent client requirements and WEST's commitment to provide a safe and healthy work environment for everyone, all prospective hires will be required to provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their start date. As an exception, employees may also request a Medical or Religious exemption from the vaccine requirement and the request must be supported by a doctor for a medical exemption or by a statement from the employee outlining a sincerely held belief to qualify for a religious exemption. Please contact us if you have any questions related to the requirement and/or exemptions.


    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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