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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Laramie County, WY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) is a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States and Canada. 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. WEST has an opening for a temporary full time field biologist in Laramie County, Wyoming to help investigate the impact of wind turbines on birds and bats at an operational wind facility.


    Key Benefits/Details: 

    • Compensation: $15.00 - $18.00 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, 2022
    • End Date: August 1, 2023 
    • Location:  Laramie County, Wyoming
    • Additional Details: 30-40 hours per week, with some scheduling flexibility and potential for additional surveys and work ; A vehicle will be provided or mileage will be reimbursed for personal vehicle use.  Proof of insurance will be required if personal vehicle is used. 


    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

    Extensive opportunities for growth and development within WEST, including field-based opportunities across the US and the ability to develop your own career pathway toward a permanent position at WEST.


    Job Summary:

    The successful candidate for this position will have previous experience conducting wildlife-related field studies and be able to work independently with the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors and clients. Preferred candidates will have experience working at wind facilities, experience with bird or bat identification, and demonstrated ability to tolerate extreme weather conditions.  This position provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of wildlife research and is conveniently located within commuting distance of two medium-sized cities and WEST’s corporate headquarters.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Search designated plots beneath wind turbines for bird and bat fatalities and collect data to measure sources of bias in fatality estimation
    • Assist with additional biological surveys including raptor nest monitoring and other avian surveys 


    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.



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred
    • Must be able to follow all WEST and client-specific safety protocols to ensure a safe working environment.
    • Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients, and landowners.
    • Must be able to collect and manage data with great attention to detail and possess the scientific background to be able to adhere to scientific methods and report results of field studies
    • Skilled at tablet data collection; use of compass, global positioning system (GPS) devices, binoculars, range finders, and digital cameras as well as the ability to maintain equipment
    • Ability to follow protocol is essential, and macro-photography experience preferred
    • Ability to identify birds and bats within the region, use of guides and keys for identification
    • Technician must be equipped with and provide own suitable footwear (safety-toed hiking boots, etc.), clothing, and binoculars

    Physical Requirements:

    • Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme
    • 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) walking in the elements and be capable of walking up to 10 miles per day.


    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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