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SWCA Environmental Consultants Avian Field Technician in Minnesota

About the opportunity

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in environmental consulting services for your clients? SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding their team and looking for dynamic individuals who are following their passion in delivering the highest-quality project work.

Our Bismarck, North Dakota office has an immediate need for an Avian Field Technician to support a variety of biological studies in North Plains and Upper Midwest. This is a temporary, hourly position reporting to our Bismarck, North Dakota Office, with the potential to become a full time permanent position. We are looking for a technician who is located in Minnesota or North Dakota and will consider distributed employment. The technician will work 20-40 hours per week, depending on workload. Overtime is possible and pay rate will be based on qualifications and experience. This position includes hiking in all seasons and conditions. Housing, per diem and work vehicle will be provided.

What you will accomplish

  • Conduct surveys and collect field data for raptors and other avian species.

  • Assist project manager and avian ecologists.

  • Data collection will be primarily ground-based, but may also include aerial surveys.

  • Record data on field forms or on a digital tablet.

  • Upload field data to backup servers at the end of each day.

  • Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS units, and other maps and tools to determine exact locations of project areas, habitat types, and associated landforms.

  • May conduct biological data/literature searches and reviews.

  • Assess habitat types, and identify species and landforms.

  • Operate SWCA vehicles, assure they will perform safely.

  • Experience with construction monitoring also preferred, but not required.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Minimum of B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, or a related field

  • Excellent knowledge of western raptors, eagles, and other avian species.

  • Must have experience with avian species identification, data collection, monitoring protocols, data entry, and data QA/QC

  • Experience completing aerially surveys for avian species preferred but not required.

  • Minimum of one year of experience in related fieldwork

  • Ability to record accurate field notes.

  • Ability to identify species visually and auditorily preferred.

  • Ability to use digital tablet for GPS navigation and recording of field data.

  • Ability to conduct fieldwork for long hours in inclement weather conditions. Ability to walk up to 10 miles per day, often in rugged terrain. May have to carry equipment and/or supplies, weighing up to 40 pounds.

  • Ability to drive a 4wd vehicle and ATV on rugged, backcountry roads.

  • Ability to take initiative, resolve problems, and create improved procedures to assure tasks are completed in the most effective manner.

  • Flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures, and ability to try new, improved techniques.

  • Ability to work as member of a team and individually to make decisions and complete tasks in the most effective manner.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email accommodations@swca.com or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Requisition Number2021-11202

of Openings1

Office LocationUS-MN

ProgramNatural Resources/Biology/Ecology

Hire TypeTemporary