Biological Field Technician

  • WEST
  • Marquette, MI 49855, USA
  • Mar 14, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Job Description

Location: Baraga County, MI / Marquette, MI 

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a temporary 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. 

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide field support to a biologist by towing, driving, and operating snowmobiles, UTVs (side-by-side), and 4WD trucks. There may be limited opportunities to conduct additional biological surveys. Selected technicians will work as part of a team and must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with other technicians, and WEST project managers, including:  following protocol, adhering to schedules, and providing routine summaries of survey efforts. 

Field work for will entail transporting equipment and a biologist into backcountry. A successful candidate must be willing and able to spend a majority of the day in the elements, collecting and managing data with great attention to detail and must possess the scientific background to be able to accurately report the scientific methods and results of field studies. Job duties require use of Snowmobile, ATV/UTV, 4WD truck, global positioning system devices, binoculars, and range finders, as well as the ability to maintain equipment. Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities. Technicians will be required to follow all safety protocols for WEST. Technicians will be expected to use good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently. 

A dependable 4WD, towing-capable (1/2 ton truck or larger) vehicle is highly sought and mileage will be reimbursed for personal vehicle use. GPS unit, compass, and range finder (if necessary) will be provided by WEST, however, technician must be equipped with and provide own suitable clothing for the field (rugged hiking boots, etc.), clothing, and binoculars. 

Preference will be given to qualified applicants.

Duration: Immediate – April 2019

Workload: Part time (40 hours/week April and May, 12 hours per week June – March 2019)

Housing: none

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

Associate’s degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree preferred; however, undergraduates and enthusiastic workers are encouraged to apply. Must be able to work independently and interact professionally and respectfully with project managers, biologists, technicians, clients, and landowners. Must be able to safely tow and operate all vehicles required for job (Snowmobile, UTV, and truck). Ability to follow protocol is essential. Good bird identification skills for species in the region, and use of guides and keys for identification are preferred. 

Applicants must be in good physical shape, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Skilled use of GPS units, topographic maps, compass, and other field equipment is required. 

Job requires the person filling this position to be able to appear for work on time; hike in adverse conditions for long hours; follow instructions from project managers and field supervisors; interact effectively with coworkers and clients; maintain a positive attitude; and 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 (working 30 or more hours a week)
  • Sep IRA (100% employer contributions)
  • Scheduling Flexibility