WEST

WEST was founded in 1990 by its two principals, Dr. Dale Strickland and Dr. Lyman McDonald. Since then, WEST has grown to be one of the premier environmental and statistical consulting firms in the United States.Our employees make up the foundation of what has made WEST successful for over two decades and are integral to our continued success. Our blend of ecology and statistics combined with over 25 years of experience allow us to provide the highest level of professional consulting services.

WEST Houston, TX 77098, USA
Sep 13, 2018
Full time
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a full-time, senior level Project Manager/Biologist in our Houston, TX office.  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.  Job Description:  The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in environmental consulting and wildlife biology and will be responsible for managing wildlife studies within the TX-OK region, including designing and leading pre-construction surveys and post-construction fatality monitoring for wind energy projects.  Our Project Managers work individually, as well as with a team of natural resource specialists, scientists and biometricians to:  Design and implement scientific consulting solutions for clients Write reports, applying scientific expertise to present and interpret the results of field and desktop studies in their scientific and regulatory context Communicate with clients regarding their needs Prepare proposals for project work  Supervise and direct office and field staff in the execution of field studies and field coordination Market WEST’s capabilities Foster current business relationships and promote new business development efforts Help maintain WEST’s position as thought leaders in the wind-wildlife consulting market  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. Job Requirements The Project Manager / Biologist we are seeking has a great opportunity to help WEST take the next step in our growth as a full service environmental consulting firm.  The successful candidate must be a self-starter who possesses: Minimum of a master’s degree in a wildlife or biostatistics-related field, as well as previous professional experience in environmental consulting Avian and/or bat ecology are the primary areas of technical expertise sought, but experience in wetland delineation, plant identification, or other areas of ecology potentially of interest to commercial clients will also be considered Good understanding of scientific, regulatory, and finance-related aspects of wind-wildlife interactions Five or more years of project management experience, including budgeting, proposal writing experience,  consulting work, professional scientific experience, and a track record of maintaining positive relationships with coworkers, clients or stakeholders Wildlife biology technical knowledge Strong writing skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail and accurately report scientific methods and results of field studies Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral Good time management, project management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines Ability to follow instructions from managers and accept guidance and constructive criticism Ability to effectively supervise others  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. Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, many of which have been part of the WEST family for many years. WEST is an employee owned organization with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.   Key Benefits include : Competitive salary and bonus structure Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance SEP IRA (100% employer contributions) Life insurance, Long Term Disability and AD&D Profit sharing potential Excellent administrative support Flexibility   WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, 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. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
WEST Lafayette, IN 47901, USA
Sep 13, 2018
Temporary
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a Biological Field Technician.  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. Job Description:  WEST has an opening for a biological field technician from October 2018 to May 2019 near Lafayette, Indiana. Primary duties involve conducting standardized avian use surveys (i.e. avian point count surveys). Fieldwork will require long days in a range of temperatures (hot in summer; cold in inter) and wind speeds. Candidate must be able to identify Midwestern birds by sight and sound, and be comfortable with hazards typical of the environment (sharp vegetation, driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat and cold). Job duties require use of compass, and Global Positioning System devices. Training will be provided. An average workweek may include 30-40 hours, though some positions may require shorter or longer hours some weeks, depending on the project and seasonal workloads. Housing will not be provided. Vehicle will be provided or mileage reimbursed. GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST; however, field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots). Start Date:   October 1, 2018 End Date:   May 1, 2019  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. Job Requirements Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, biology or equivalent degree preferred. Must be proficient in identification of Midwest bird species by sight and sound and able to work independently and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other technicians. Candidates experienced in field bird identification 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 shape as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Environmental conditions include working in rain, wind, mud, and very cold or hot temperatures. Candidates may encounter snakes, insects, and other wildlife. Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, and other field equipment required. 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 is an employee owned organization 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  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.