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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Sherman County, OR
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size environmental consulting firm, is looking for 2 temporary full time Biological Field Technicians to help investigate the impact of wind turbines on bats and birds at an operational wind facility in Sherman County, Oregon, starting May 15, 2022 through May 31, 2024. 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.


    Job Summary:

    Biological field technicians will conduct standardized searches beneath wind turbines to locate and document bird and bat carcasses. Successful candidates must be able to follow field and data collection protocols, work well both independently and with others, and work in a rural setting. An average work week may include 30-40 hours for full-time employees, though there may be weeks requiring shorter or longer hours, depending on the project and seasonal workloads. A field vehicle will be provided for all travel work related travel. Successful candidates will work independently as well as with their field partner, gaining hands on field experience collecting scientific data used to assess site specific impacts of wind turbines on birds and bats. Apply now to join our team of nationally recognized avian and bat biologists as a biological field technician!


    Key Benefits:

    • Compensation: $17.00 – $18.00 per hour, DOE
    • Start Date: May 15, 2022
    • Anticipated End Date: May 31, 2024
    • Location: Sherman County, Oregon


    This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties which may be associated with this position.


    Responsibilities include:

    • Conduct field work while adhering to WEST and client field safety requirements.
    • Conduct standardized fatality searches and follow electronic and paper data collection protocol.
    • Collect data for standardized protocols to measure sources of bias in fatality surveys.
    • Potential opportunities to conduct additional biological surveys.


    Requirements/Skill preference:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred; undergraduates or other enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply
    • Candidates with field experience identifying birds and bats will be given preference
    • Experience with macro-photography, tablet and paper data collection, GPS units, compass, and other field equipment is preferred
    • Experience using field guides/keys for identification is preferred, especially for bird and bat identification within the Pacific Flyway
    • Candidates must be organized, and able to collect and manage electronic and paper 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
    • Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work on time; start times can often start as early as sunrise


    Physical Requirements:

    • Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will require walking for entire shifts in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme, as well as safely opening and closing gates weighing 50+ pounds.
    • Candidate must be comfortable with hazards typical of the environment (sharp vegetation, driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat and cold).
    • Successful candidates must be willing and able to spend a majority of the day (8-12 hours) in the elements, collecting and managing data with great attention to detail and must possess the scientific background to be able to adhere to scientific methods and report results of field studies
    • Must be equipped with and provide own suitable safety toed footwear (steel- or composite-toe), binoculars, clothing, water bottles, etc.


    WEST is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for everyone and highly recommends all prospective hires be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their start date. While WEST does not currently require vaccinations, please be aware that WEST has a mandatory vaccination policy in place should local, state or federal law require vaccinations. Additionally, WEST has certain clients that require all personnel to be vaccinated prior to working on their projects, so individuals will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to working on those projects.  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.


    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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