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Biological Field Technician - NY - KB,MG

Location: Jefferson County, NY
Job # 9943471
Date Posted: 09-19-2017
Biological Field Technician
Location: Jefferson County, NY
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices in 13 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.  This unique blend of disciplines and our years of experience in both areas allow us to provide original solutions to a wide range of natural resources issues from inventory to permitting to risk assessment to basic research.  WEST provides consulting services to government, industry and other organizations.
WEST has an opening for a biological field technician for a project in Jefferson County, New York, beginning immediately and running at least until August/September,  2018.  Primary duties involve conducting standardized fixed-point avian use surveys for large birds. Fieldwork will require long days outside where very cold temperatures are likely in winter. Candidate must be comfortable with driving a UTV or four-wheel drive vehicle, isolation, and cold. Job duties require use of a compass and Global Positioning System devices. Training will be provided. Avian use surveys will be conducted in 3 conservative days per month requiring two overnight stays in a remote location. Lodging will be provided at the location.  A UTV or four-wheel drive vehicle will be provided, as well as GPS units and other field equipment. Field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged, warm boots) and appropriate clothing.

Compensation: $14-$16/hr DOE
Start date: ASAP
End date: At least until August or September 2018

A Bachelor’s degree (or pursuing degree) in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology, or equivalent degree preferred. Ideal candidates must be proficient in identification of bird species in northeastern North America by sight and sound, and should be able to work independently and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other technicians. Candidates experienced in field identification of birds will be given preference.
Employee must be able to appear for work on time (surveys often begin as early as sunrise), maintain focus for long periods of time, follow instructions from manager and team leader, maintain positive attitude, and accept guidance and constructive criticism. Precise and thorough data collection is essential.
Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Environmental conditions include working in rain, wind, mud, and sometimes very cold temperatures. Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, 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
*Please note email applications will not be accepted*
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