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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Pigeon, MI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2022
      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 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/DETAILS:

    • Compensation: $15 - $17 per hour, DOE
    • Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week)
    • Sick Leave:  Starting April 1, this position will start accruing 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours in the first year.
    • Housing: None 
    • Start Date: March 15, 2021 
    • End Date: March 15, 2022 (Searches will end during crop growing season and resume after harvest)
    • Location: Pigeon, Michigan.

     

    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 responsibilities of this position is to conduct standardized searches for eagle 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 work month will be approximately 20-30 hours, though there may be months requiring longer or fewer hours depending on seasonal bias trial 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

     

    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.

     

    Requirements:

    • 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)

     

    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.

     

    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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