Biological Field Technician - (1540)

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST)

Storm Lake, Iowa

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $19.25-$21.75/hour, DOE

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic environmental and statistical consulting firm with offices across the United States and Canada, is looking for Biological Field Technicians.

WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data. Since its founding in 1990, the WEST team has shaped the foundation of what we do, and what we believe in through our core values and key principles. Our work matters to our clients, communities, and the environment. Join WEST and discover a company of passionate, committed, and highly motivated individuals.

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Key Details:

  • Compensation: $19.25 - $21.75/ hour, DOE; eligible for overtime pay
  • Housing: Set rent reimbursement provided.
  • Start Date: June 20, 2024
  • End Date: October 15, 2024
  • Location: North-central Iowa, southeastern Minnesota
  • Additional Details: GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST. Field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots for pre-construction surveys or steel/composite-toed boots for post-construction surveys), appropriate clothing, and professional-grade binoculars for those conducting avian use surveyors. 

Job Summary:

WEST is looking for two candidates, one to live in or near Storm Lake, IA and one to live in or near Albert Lea, Minnesota. Primary responsibilities for this position include conducting standardized searches for bird and bat carcasses beneath wind turbines. Successful candidates must be able to work in a rural field setting, work well both independently and with others, and follow field and data collection protocols. An average workweek will be approximately 30-45 hours, though there may be weeks requiring shorter or longer hours. Candidates must be comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions and driving a four-wheel drive vehicle. Job duties require use of a compass, GPS, paper and/or electronic data collection, and/or electronic map devices.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting fieldwork independently in remote locations.
  • Field navigation and travel on rural roads to record data.
  • Working outdoors in a range of weather conditions.
  • Surveys looking for bird and bat carcasses beneath active wind turbines.
  • Participation in carcass persistence and searcher efficiency trials.
  • Field and in-hand bird and bat species identification, aging, and sexing.

This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all duties which may be associated with this position.


  • Candidates must be capable of recording data accurately, following study and safety protocols, following a schedule, and trouble-shooting problems in the field.
  • Candidates should be able to interact positively and professionally with coworkers and landowners.
  • Employees must be able to appear for work on time (surveys may begin as early as sunrise), maintain focus for long periods of time, follow instructions, and accept guidance and constructive criticism.
  • Consistent communication with the team and a positive attitude are imperative.
  • Environmental conditions may include working in rain, wind, mud, and temperature extremes.
  • Candidates may encounter snakes, insects, and other wildlife.
  • Candidates must use/wear required personal protective equipment, such as safety vests and hard hats as required.
  • Proficient use of topographic maps, compass, GPS units, tablet and other field equipment as required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition, able to carry at least 25 lbs. walking over uneven terrain in the field. Surveys will be conducted outdoors in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme.

After an offer of employment is made, the candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background check, drug screening, and 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 provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, genetics, and any protected veteran status, and 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.


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Category Wildlife
Tags Environmental Consulting , Ornithology