Biological Field Technician - (1568)

Western EcoSystems Technology (WEST)

Maryville, Missouri

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $19.00-$21.75/hour DOE

Interested in working outdoors? Have a wildlife-related degree you would like to put to use? Then Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST) has a job opportunity for you! Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a part-time Biological Field Technician in northwestern Missouri.

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: $19.00 – $21.75 per hour, DOE; eligible for overtime pay
  • Housing: Up to $400 housing reimbursement may be provided if relocation is required.
  • Start Date: June 2024
  • End Date: mid-October 2024
  • Approximate Hours per Week: 20-30 hours
  • Location: Nodaway County near Maryville, Missouri
  • Additional Details: GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST. Field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (steel/composite-toed boots) and clothing appropriate for all weather conditions.

Job Summary:

WEST is looking for a candidate for one position within Nodaway County, Missouri. Primary responsibilities 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. Previous experience conducting standardized carcass searches is preferred. Training will be provided. An average workweek will be approximately 20-30 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.
  • Conducting surveys looking for bird and bat carcasses beneath active wind turbines.
  • Field navigation and travel on rural roads to record data.
  • Participation in carcass persistence and searcher efficiency trials.
  • Field and in-hand bird and bat species identification, aging, and sexing.

These are general descriptions of the functions for these positions and are not inclusive of the duties which may be associated with these positions.


  • 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 walk 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