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Biological Field Technician - PA - JR

Location: Carbondale, PA
Job # 9775725
Date Posted: 08-16-2017
Biological Field Technician – Carbondale, PA
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a part time, experienced Field Technician near Carbondale, Pennsylvania. 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.
Primary responsibility of this position is to conduct fixed-point eagle surveys at a proposed wind energy facility near Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Additional biological surveys may be needed in the future that may increase the workload. Duties include following standard protocols to record eagle use year-round. Data collection will include use of detailed paper datasheets.
Strong birding skills are a must and familiarity with Pennsylvania birds, especially eagles. Field work may entail long hours of walking, standing, bending, etc. in sometimes inclement conditions. Selected technician will work independently and must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors including adhering to schedules and providing routine summaries of survey efforts. Job duties may require use of compass, global positioning system devices, Kestrel weather instruments, rangefinder, and digital cameras as well as the ability to maintain equipment. Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities. Technician will be required to follow all safety protocols for WEST. Technician will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently.
Vehicle will be provided for work completion or mileage reimbursed. GPS units, compass, camera, permethrin treated clothing, and spotting scope (if necessary) will be provided by WEST, however, technician must be equipped with binoculars, suitable footwear, and appropriate clothing.
Start date: October 2017
End Date: February 2018
Compensation: $15-$16/hour, DOE
Workload: Part-time effort (~8-12 hrs/week). Housing is NOT provided; applicants should reside within 1.5 hours of Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
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 equivalent degree preferred. Undergraduates, individuals currently seeking degree, and other enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply. Good bird identification skills for species in the region, specifically eagles and other raptors, are required. Must demonstrate prior field experience; must be able to work independently and interact positively with project managers, clients, landowners, and others.
Applicants must be able to cope with winter temperatures as conditions can be extreme. Experience with 4x4 vehicles is required. Skilled use of topographic maps, GPS units, and other field equipment, is required.
Job requires the candidate to be able to appear for work on time; to observe for long periods of time; walk over rough terrain on a regular basis; to follow instructions from manager and team leader; to interact effectively with coworkers and clients; to maintain positive attitude; and to accept guidance and constructive criticism. Precise and thorough data collection is essential.
Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.
Key Benefits:
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week)
  • Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)
  • Scheduling Flexibility
Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; 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, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or 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.
To Apply: Click “Apply Now” (or visit the WEST, Inc. Careers Page and select the job in which you are applying for). The application system allows for only one attachment (.doc or .pdf file) so combine the following prior to uploading:
  1. Cover letter convincing the hiring manager why they should interview you
  2. Resume which includes education, current and prior employment (with dates, address and phone number for each employer)
  3. Three professional references (preferably those that have supervised you in the past) with phone numbers and email addresses

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