First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind energy projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has developed and currently operates wind energy projects in the Northeast, the West and Hawaii. First Wind is committed to the communities it works with to achieve the most efficient and economic wind generation projects in North America.
First Wind’s Kahuku Wind project on Oahu has a working Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) approved under state and federal endangered species laws. A key provision of the HCPs and associated state and federal permits is intensive and regular on-site monitoring to document fatalities of covered wildlife.
Over the past year First Wind has pioneered the use of specially trained dogs to improve the efficiency of downed wildlife searches at its Oahu projects. HCP Compliance Technicians learn to handle dogs and use them successfully to search for downed wildlife. First Wind deploys acoustic instrumentation to detect Hawaiian Hoary Bats on site and uses analysis software, and other methodologies to monitor and document activity levels of bats. Technicians may support other conservation measures to ensure continued minimization and mitigation of wildlife impacts at the project site.
· Understand and plan for safety in all aspects of the jobs being performed. Work efficiently and cooperatively with HCP, Operations and Turbine Maintenance personnel.
· Plan and conduct systematic searches two times per week using dogs and/or other means around wind turbine generators to document downed wildlife (birds and bats) in accordance with established HCP protocols and in compliance with state and federal permits.
· Conduct quantitative field trials to assess the monitoring effort, download and analyze bat detector data, record detailed field notes, and maintain digital data bases, all of which are subject to federal and state wildlife agency review.
· Use heavy equipment and zero-turn riding mowers as well as herbicides and weed-trimmers to regularly maintain the vegetation management areas to ensure a consistently high level of fatality detection. Maintain mongoose, cat and pig live and kill traps to reduce scavenging of downed wildlife and retention of trial carcasses.
· Service and maintain all equipment to ensure personnel safety protection and top performance and availability of machines and tools used daily on site.
· Maintain and manage daily dog care and health.
· Conduct any of the other HCP compliance related tasks as requested.
· Perform tasks as assigned from time to time by site or regional management.
· Fully meet or exceed all internal policies and procedures.
· Reports to Kahuku HCP Supervisor
· Safely work in a potentially very dangerous operating power plant, operate power equipment, operate off-road vehicles and exercise conservative judgment in remote locations.
· Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred (biological science, wildlife ecology/management, environmental biology, natural resources, or a closely related discipline).
· 2-3 years of professional work experience related to natural resource monitoring, vegetation management, specifically field wildlife survey techniques.
· Experience handling and caring for animals.
· Proficient with recording and managing quantitative field data using GPS and with Microsoft Office software, specifically Excel and Word. Demonstrated ability to understand and learn unfamiliar software.
· Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and consistently with a field supervisor and operations management.
· Self-motivated, able to work independently and in a team setting, and willing to work extended hours under challenging field conditions.