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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Cheyenne, WY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/31/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) is a dynamic medium-size consulting firm with offices across the United States and Canada.  We are looking for a temporary part time Consulting or Senior Biologist/Scientist interested in working with avian and power infrastructure (i.e., power line and substation) risk assessments and mitigation planning.  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 per week)
    • Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)



    Join WEST and you will discover and enjoy:

    • Family friendly environment
    • Diverse workforce and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts
    • Great work/life balance
    • Flexible and Casual work culture
    • Professional growth opportunity
    • Safe and happy working environment


    Job Summary:

    Ideal candidates will have experience and expertise in bird and power infrastructure interactions specific to assessing potential risk of bird electrocution on power lines and in substations, bird collision risk with overhead power lines, and infrastructure design elements to minimize this risk. Knowledge of the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee’s (APLIC) “Suggested Practices” and guidelines to work with utility engineering, operations, and environmental will be key in assessing job candidates. Candidates may have backgrounds in wildlife biology, with a focus on avian expertise, with a willingness to learn and apply to engineering designs OR backgrounds in engineering and power infrastructure design with a willingness to learn and apply wildlife biology and potential for animal contacts with energized electrical equipment. The position will focus on work in the US, but also will apply to International efforts. The position will initially start as an hourly, temporary position, with the opportunity to transition to a full-time, permanent position.


    Compensation: $35/hour with opportunity for advancement

    Start date: March 31, 2022

    End date: None

    Hours/week: Estimated 1-15 hours/week; maximum 20 hours/week with opportunity for advancement

    Location: Flexible


    Responsibilities Include:

    • WEST’s Consulting or Senior Biologist/Scientists work individually, as well as with a team of natural resource specialists, scientists and biometricians.
    • Utility industry liaison, ranging from small rural electric cooperatives through larger investor-owned utilities; comfort with communicating with utilities on various topics
    • Staying informed on APLIC, evolving “Suggested Practices,” and how these relate to utility planning, construction, operations, and maintenance
    • Staying informed on Federal and State Agency regulatory requirements under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
    • Avian Protection Plan (APP) development
    • Willingness to learn and apply species-specific habitats and bird behavior with engineering design specific to power lines (all voltages) and substations to minimize bird contacts and enhance system reliability
    • Working with the Team in conducting avian collision risk assessments with overhead power lines
    • Working on eagle compensatory mitigation program development for wind and solar energy
    • Participating in vegetation management planning and land use along utility rights-of-way
    • Working to help study and minimize bird contacts on power lines to prevent wildfire incidents
    • Interest in possible avian and power infrastructure research in conjunction with WEST’s other Divisions (e.g., statistics, GIS)
    • Occasionally attend and present at professional conferences or workshops, when feasible 
    • Occasional field surveys, when feasible
    • Work will be on an as-needed basis, with 20 hours/week maximum to start, ensuring clear communications for optimal planning and position flexibility (i.e., hours will vary and will be flexible, based on project deadlines and candidate’s personal schedule)
    • Opportunity to transition into a full-time, permanent position
    • Interest in long-term professional growth at WEST, assuming management oversight and mentoring role for other staff


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


    Job Requirements


    • The successful candidate must be a self-starter who possesses:
    • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, utility operations and design, or equivalent degree preferred
    • Minimum 10 years professional experience in wildlife, natural resources, and/or utility-specific or utility design
    • Developed environmental plans or programs specific to electric utilities and wildlife problem resolution
    • Attended a minimum of one APLIC workshop or symposium
    • Strong, competent writing skills with close attention to detail and accurate reporting
    • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with an ability to work closely with the Infrastructure Team
    • Ability to follow instructions from managers and accept guidance and constructive critique



    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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