Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $18-$20/ hour, DOE
Deadline: Oct 01, 2023

Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic environmental and statistical 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:$18.00 – $20.00/hour, DOE
  • Housing: Housing and relocation not provided.
  • Start Date: October 2023, or as available.
  • End Date: May or September 2024, as available.
  • Schedule: ~32 hours/week from Oct – May, then ~50 hours per month from June – August. Work will be conducted in both Oregon and Washington.
  • Location: Ideal candidates will be located within ~1 hour of Biggs Junction, OR, or Maryhill, WA.
  • Additional Details: GPS units and other field equipment will be provided by WEST. Field technicians must be equipped with suitable footwear (rugged hiking boots), and appropriate clothing for field work.

 Job Summary:

The successful candidate for this position will be:

  • Able to work independently with the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors and clients.
  • Have previous experience with identifying birds of the pacific northwest by sight.
  • This position requires prior experience with bird-focused biological work and a high level of bird identification skills. 

 Responsibilities include: 

  • Post-construction monitoring surveys.
  • Field and in-hand (via specimen) identification, aging, and sexing of bird species.

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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred, but job experience may substitute.
  • Preference for biologist experienced in post-construction monitoring surveys; candidates with higher-level bird ID skills will be given preference.
  • Must be adept in identification of majority pacific northwest migrant and resident bird species by sight.
  • Precise and thorough data collection is essential.
  • Must be able to use compass, global positioning system devices, binoculars, range finders, tablets, and digital cameras; as well as maintain equipment.
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team, and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other technicians.
  • 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.
  • Follow all WEST safety protocols.
  • Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job-related activities.

Physical Requirements:

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme. Must be tolerant of biting or stinging insects.
  • Ability to walk long distances (~10 miles) in extreme heat or cold.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.