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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Canyon, TX
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/09/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for 3 temporary full time, Biological Field Technicians.  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 Details:

    • Compensation: $20.00 - $23.00 DOE
    • Housing: Shared housing (AirBNB) is provided for all positions
    • Start Date: September 28, 2022
    • End Date: Approximately March 15, 2023
    • Location: Canyon, TX
    • Additional Details:
      • Technician must be equipped with and provide own suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots, etc.), clothing, and binoculars.
      • Work vehicles and field equipment will be provided by WEST.
      • Position will consist of 40 hours per week on average. The work schedule will be 7 days on, 7 days off with 8-10 hour days. Four additional work days per month will be needed for additional fatality monitoring searches and associated bias trials.
      • Work days will include weekends and holidays.


    Job Summary:

    The successful candidate will be:

    • An independent self-motivated individual who is skilled in bird identification (specifically raptors with a focus on eagles) and has previous experience conducting avian use surveys at pre & post-construction sites.
    • Comfortable working in various (extreme) weather conditions and terrains and have a passion for the outdoors.
    • Able to work well as part of a team and individually, and be capable of effective communication and coordination with WEST supervisors and team members.
    • Well versed in eagle (both bald and golden) identification (at all life stages)


    Responsibilities include:

    • Conduct eagle biomonitoring and curtailment for eagle and raptor activity at an operational wind facility
    • Conduct standardized fatality searches; data collection will include use of detailed paper datasheets as well as the use of tablets
    • Conduct raptor carcass bias trials
    • Follow protocols to collect data, map flight paths, describe eagle behavior, and communicate curtailment orders with the facility operator


    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 preferred
    • Must be able to identify birds by sight and sound for species in the Southern Plains region; candidates experienced in bird identification (specifically eagles) will be given preference
    • Previous experience on biological field studies and/or prior field experience preferred
    • Skilled use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, and other field equipment is required
    • Must be able to maintain equipment
    • Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, clients, landowners, and other technicians
    • Follow all WEST safety protocols 


    Physical Requirements:

    • Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme
    • Field work will entail long hours of standing and observing, sometimes in inclement conditions and walking in varying terrain
      • Must be able to stand and/or walk for 8 – 10 hours per day


    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. 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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