Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST), founded in 1990, has grown to be one of the premier environmental and statistical consulting firms in the United States, and more recently has expanded into Canada. We are looking for energetic and experienced Wildlife Field Technicians to help with our upcoming survey season.
Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, many of which have been part of the WEST family for over a decade. WEST has a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.
WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, family status or any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial, or local law. Further, WEST will 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: Please visit the careers page at http://west-ulc.ca/ and select the appropriate job you wish to apply for and following the application instructions provided.
Duties and responsibilities
Primary duties of a Wildlife Field Technician could include:
- Conducting standardized avian use, amphibian, reptile, mammal, and bat acoustic surveys
- Construction monitoring and pre-disturbance nest surveys
- Bird and bat fatality monitoring at operating wind energy facilities
- Data management as well as some data entry and summary will be required
- Providing reporting support as needed: compiling tables and figures, report writing
Fieldwork will require long days in a range of temperature extremes and wind speeds. Candidates must be comfortable with hazards typical of the environment (e.g., driving a four-wheel drive vehicle, dust, extreme heat and cold). Work is temporary and can be full or part-time hours, may occur on weekends, and will likely require overtime.
Technician may work independently or in small crews and must be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with site management and WEST supervisors.
Knowledge and skills
Number of positions available: Multiple
Tentative start date: Late February or as needed
- Canadian citizen
- 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
- Strong interest in working with wildlife, environmental, or renewable energy
- Good wildlife identification skills for species in boreal and prairie habitats.
- Experience conducting point counts preferred
- Must demonstrate ability to work on biological field studies or having prior field experience
- Must be able to work independently and interact positively with project managers, clients, landowners, and others
- Ability to use scientific methods to solve problems
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
- Good time management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines
- Highly developed ability to stay focused and pay attention to detail
- High level of initiative and ability to think critically to solve challenging problems.
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.
Successful candidates must be able to provide a drivers abstract that meets WEST’s minimum criteria to operate a motor vehicle on behalf of the company. A valid class 5 driver’s license will be required. Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements.
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