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    • Employer: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc.
      Location: Amarillo, TX
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/01/2022
      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 Field Biologist with exceptional avian identification skills. 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: $17.25-21.00/hr DOE
    • Hours: Temporary full-time
    • Start date: as soon as possible
    • End date: July 2023 (12 month position), with possibility of extension
    • Location: 2 near Amarillo, TX
    • Housing: AirBNB reimbursement at site location is provided
    • Additional details: GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST. Field technicians must be equipped with professional-grade binoculars, suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots), and appropriate clothing suitable to adverse weather conditions. Must live near Waco or Amarillo or be willing to relocate (housing stipend provided).


    Job Description:

    • The primary duties involve:
    • Conducting standardized avian use surveys (i.e. avian point count surveys for all species)
    • Other surveys as opportunity arises (post-construction monitoring, lek surveys, raptor nest surveys)
    • Check and maintain bat acoustic detectors
    • Fieldwork will require long, physically challenging days in a range of temperatures and wind speeds
    • Preference given to candidates able to identify western birds by sight and sound
    • Must be comfortable with hazards typical of the environment (sharp vegetation, driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat, cold and wind)
    • Job duties require use of compass, and Global Positioning System devices.
    • Training will be provided as appropriate
    • Work schedule will be variable based on weather and survey schedule and is expected to average 35-40 hours per week, with potential for overtime


    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.



    • Candidates must be capable of identifying western birds by sight and sound, including eagles in varying age classes, other diurnal raptors, and Texas bird species of concern
    • Able to record data correctly and legibly, following study and safety protocols, keeping on schedule and be a self-starter, and trouble-shooting problems in the field.
    • Previous experience conducting avian surveys is preferred, but will train the right candidate
    • Candidates should be able to interact positively and professionally with project manager, field lead, landowners, and other technicians.
    • Candidate must be a self-starter, have the ability to appear for work on time (surveys will begin at sunrise), maintain focus for long periods of time, follow instructions from the supervisors, maintain positive attitude, and accept guidance and constructive criticism.
    • Candidate must be able to perform duties with limited supervision.
    • Consistent and effective communication with the team is imperative.
    • Environmental conditions include working in rain, high wind, mud, and very cold or hot temperatures. Be on time for work, with surveys beginning at sunrise, and maintain focus for long periods of time.
    • Candidates may encounter snakes, insects, and other wildlife.
    • Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, and other field equipment required.


    Physical Requirements:

    • Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.
    • Potential to be hiking in rugged terrain in varied weather conditions with limited cell phone reception.


    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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