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Senior Bat Biologist

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Job # 9960256


Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices in 13 states, has an exciting, challenging and immediate opportunity for a senior bat biologist. WEST was founded in 1990 and over the last 26 years has grown to be one of the premier environmental and statistical consulting firms in the United States. WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data. This unique blend of disciplines and our years of experience in both areas allow us to provide original solutions to a wide range of natural resource issues from inventory to permitting to risk assessment to basic research. WEST provides consulting services to government, industry and other organizations.


Job Description:

WEST is seeking a senior bat biologist to help WEST’s continued growth in the field of bat ecology and wind-energy. Candidates will have the opportunity to lead studies designed to estimate, to better understand, and minimize wind-energy’s impacts to bats. This is an exciting opportunity for the ideal candidate to be a leader in the field of bat ecology and wind-development, work with well-respected statisticians to design quantitative research studies and approaches to problems facing bat populations, and provide guidance to the wind industry, other researchers, wildlife agencies, and WEST staff on the most defensible and effective methods for assessing and reducing wind-energy’s impact to bat populations. The location of the position is flexible, depending on the qualifications of the candidate.


Job duties will include:

Design and lead studies designed to estimate, better understand, and minimize impacts to bats from wind-energy and other forms of development

Design cost effective strategies for the wind industry to avoid and minimize impacts to bats

Lead efforts to help design and assess the effectiveness of bat deterrents and other technology for reducing potential impacts to bats

Assess the effect of wind-energy to individual bats and species at the population level

Provide guidance on the most appropriate field and analysis methods to project managers for assessing risk of proposed wind and other development projects on bats

Pursue and obtain non-wind related monitoring and research projects related to bats

Assist in the development of habitat conservation plans for threatened and endangered bat species

Represent WEST by presenting research and new ideas at scientific and industry meetings and forums

Publish the results of research investigations in peer-reviewed journals

Prepare proposals and scientific reports

Provide senior level review of bat related reports, research projects, and approaches for minimizing impacts to bats

Supervising, coaching, and mentoring junior employeesMarket WEST’s capabilities

Foster current business relationships and promote new business development efforts


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.



The senior bat biologist we are seeking has a great opportunity to conduct meaningful research and make recommendations that will benefit bat populations, and to help WEST continue to grow as a science based ecological consulting firm. The successful candidate must be a self-starter who possesses:

Minimum of a Bachelor’sdegree in bat related research or equivalent experience. A Master’s or PhD degree and previous professional experience in environmental consulting is desired

Previous project management experience (preferably 5+ years),including budgeting, and proposal writing experience, consulting work, professional scientific experience, and a track record of maintaining positive relationships with coworkers, clients or stakeholders

Experience with wind-energy’s impacts on bats

Demonstrated experience conducting bat research, including publication in peer-reviewed journals

Strong, competent writing skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail and accurately report the scientific methods and results of field studies

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral

Good time management, project management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other employees, supervisors, researchers, wildlife agencies, and the energy industry

Ability to effectively supervise others


Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; 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. Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements.

Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, many of which have been part of the WEST family for over a decade. WEST is an employee owned organization with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.


Key Benefits:

Competitive salary and bonus structure

Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays

Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

SEP IRA (100% employer contributions)

Life insurance, Long Term Disability and AD&D

Profit sharing potential

Excellent administrative support



WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or 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.


Visit the WEST, Inc. Careers Page and select the job in which you are applying for). The application system allows for only one attachment (.doc or .pdf file) so combine the following prior to uploading:

Cover letter convincing the hiring manager why they should interview you

Resume which includes education, current and prior employment (with dates, address and phone number for each employer)

Three professional references (preferably those that have supervised you in the past) with phone numbers and email addresses


*Please note email applications will not be accepted*

Posted October 3, 2017

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