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Biological Field Technician

Company: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST)
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Job Title

Biological Field Technician


Lompoc, CA 93436 US (Primary)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US

Job Type

Temporary Part-Time

# of Hires Needed


Job Description

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States and Canada, is looking for a temporary part time, Biological Field Technician .

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: $23.00 - $26.00/ hour, DOE,plus overtime as per CA law.
Start date :June 2023
End date: May 2025
Location: Lompoc/Santa Barbara, California
Additional details: 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).

Job Description:

Primary duties involve:

  • Avian point count surveys, conducted throughout the day with a focus on passerines, raptors (e.g., hawks and eagles) and other large birds (e.g., waterfowl). In addition to species identification, the surveyor will record detailed records of each observation including behavior, distance, flight heights and flight paths

    • Conducting fatality monitoring at wind energy facility
    • Job duties require use of compass, range-finder, tablet, and Global Positioning System devices.
    • Fieldwork will require long days in a wide variety of conditions (300 - 100 F) and wind speeds.
    • Candidate must 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, range-finder, tablet, and Global Positioning System devices.
    • Training will be provided.
    • An average workweek may include 40 hours, though may require shorter or longer hours some weeks, depending on the project and seasonal workloads.

      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


      • Bachelor's degree in natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife biology or equivalent degree preferred.
      • Highly proficient in identification of California central coast bird species and able to work independently and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, and other coworkers.
      • Candidates within an hour drive 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.

        Physical Requirements:

        Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will require walking /hiking up to 8 miles each day over uneven terrain, and surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Surveyors may encounter snakes, insects, and other wildlife.

        After an offer of employment is made, the candidate must successfully pass a pre- employment background check, drug screening, 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.

        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.


        Bachelor's Degree

        Exemption Type


        Application Deadline

Keywords: Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), Santa Barbara , Biological Field Technician, Engineering , Santa Barbara, California

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