Wildlife Technician

Wenck Associates
Organization Summary

Founded in 1985, Wenck operates both nationally and internationally providing holistic environmental and engineering solutions. We are an employee owned (ESOP) consulting enterprise of 275+ multidisciplinary experts – collaborating, innovating, and championing all facets of our clients most essential business interests. We enhance the quality of life for our clients and communities by unlocking and protecting the world’s most essential needs - air, water, natural resources, and infrastructure. Wenck culture is dynamic, creative, and rewarding. We do more than just provide reliable, industry leading services that evolve as our clients do. Our greatest strength is our employees, our communities, and our willingness to learn. We value responsive, resilient ideals that result in shared success. Grow alongside the best in your industry to enrich your career path by making a positive impact.

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Primary Duties

As a Wildlife Technician on our Natural Resources team, you will be working on bird and bat fatality surveying for an operational wind farm. While this is a Project-term position, this position is anticipated to yield full-time hours from March through October, requiring overnight accommodations near the Project site. We have openings in Golden Valley, MN and Granite Falls, MN.

While this position will primarily focus on the wind farm, there may be opportunities to work with other members of our team in different parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas on a variety of tasks, such as wetland delineations, wetland mitigation monitoring, soil surveys, avian and wildlife surveys/monitoring, and vegetation surveys. Our Natural Resources team work also includes databases and analyzing field data; literature research; writing environmental review documents, biological assessments for threatened and endangered species, mitigation plans, and other technical reports; evaluating data and creating maps using ArcGIS; and communicating with clients. This Project-term position is an opportunity to work with our team while gaining experience in the renewable energy industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

The primary responsibility of this position is to be part of our field team performing post-construction fatality monitoring by searching designated plots at wind turbines for bird and bat strikes. Field work will require long hours of walking on uneven terrain, sometimes in undesirable conditions (rain, snow, wind, etc.), while keeping safety a priority. A successful candidate must be willing and able to spend a majority of the day in the elements, collecting and managing data with great attention to detail, while maintaining a positive and productive attitude. Reporting and data management is an important component to this position, as the project-term hire will be collecting and organizing data on a daily basis and will assist the Project Manager and Field Lead with data compilation for use in weekly, quarterly, and annual reports.

You must also possess the scientific background to work with the Project team to accurately report the scientific methods and results of field studies. Bird and bat identification is preferred for this position, as turbine strikes will have to be identified, enumerated, measured, and assessed for condition. Good communication and team collaboration are required including following the protocol, adhering to schedules, and providing routine summaries of survey efforts. Job duties require use of a global positioning system (GPS) device, data collection through digital means (tablets) and using paper forms, and use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Excel).

Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job-related activities. Project-term hires will be required to follow all safety protocols for Wenck and the wind energy facility. Project-term hires will be expected to stay on schedule, take direction from the Project Manager and Field Lead, and walk for long periods of time, while using good judgment to stay safe and work efficiently. 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.

All work-related equipment will be provided which includes, but is not limited to a work truck, GPS unit, tablets for data collection, and regularly used safety equipment (safety vests, hard hats, safety glasses, snow shoes, etc.). The candidate should be equipped with and provide own suitable safety toed footwear (rugged hiking boots, etc.) and clothing (rain gear, etc.). Wenck will provide a limited safety stipend to allow for certain safety items.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Declared major with emphasis in wildlife science, biology, environmental science, natural resources-related field, or similar
  • Completed coursework in biology, ornithology, mammalian ecology, fisheries, wildlife biology, natural resources, environmental science, or conservation
  • Driver’s License with clean record.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College graduate with degree in wildlife, biology, natural resources-related, or environmental science field
  • Commitment of full-time availability for duration of Project (March 2021 – October 2021)
  • Bird identification skills for species in the region and use of guides and keys for identification
  • Bat identification skills for species in the region, and use of guides and keys for identification
  • Prior work-related experience in natural resources or renewable energy background
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