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Biological Field Technician - OH - JS

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Job # 9820468
Date Posted: 08-24-2017
Biological Field Technician –Cleveland, OH
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 Cleveland, OH. 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 is seeking field technicians for fieldwork that will require short surveys at various times of the day, in a range of temperatures.  Candidate must be comfortable with hazards typical of aerial survey methods, including ability to conduct biological survey data from a fixed wing- aircraft.  Work is part time (approximately 4 hours, up to every other week) and requires availability throughout daylight hours, with 12-24 hour notice.  Technician required to attend 16 hours of training during week of 8 October.
Primary duties involve
  • Conducting aerial waterfowl and waterbird surveys using transect methods over Lake Erie from October 1-May 31,
  • Data entry and activities in support of the survey efforts.
Technician will provide own binoculars and suitable clothing and footwear for airplane-based surveys.
Preference will be given to qualified applicants. No housing or per diem will be provided.

Start date:  October 1, 2017
End Date:  May 31, 2018
Compensation: $15-20/hr DOE
Position (up to 5 part-time temp positions): 2-4 hours biweekly

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.

A completed degree in wildlife biology or related natural resources discipline preferred, but not required; skills in identification.
  • Must be proficient in identification of 1) all species of waterfowl and waterbirds in breeding and alternate plumage, and 2) other Midwest bird species, including eagles by sight.   Candidates with a demonstrated experience in bird identification from aerial platforms will be given preference.
  • Precise and thorough electronic and paper data collection is required.
  • Able to work independently but cooperatively with project manager, field supervisor, pilots, and other technicians.
  • Employee must be able to appear for work on time with 12-24 hour notice (all daylight hours).
  • Maintain focus for long periods of time.
  • Follow instructions from manager and team leader.
  • Maintain positive attitude and accept guidance and constructive criticism.
Applicants must be in good physical shape as surveys will be conducted from an airplane where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Environmental conditions include turbulence and potential for motion sickness.   Proficient use of GPS units, computers, and other field equipment required.
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.  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.
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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