What does the remote location mean? Where will I work?
We are hiring in many locations, and our technicians have a 150-mile radius. All our jobs are dispatched internally through service software and scheduled for our technicians on the days they are available. Technicians keep their gear at home and work on-site with our customers. We also have travel opportunities available for Bird Removal Technicians to hop on a plane and travel across the country or to Puerto Rico!
What is your service area?
We currently service a majority of the eastern half of the United States and are continuing to expand across the nation. Our goal is to be nationwide by the end of 2018. Here is our current service area and some of our customers. Please check back regularly; this is updated monthly.
How much work is available as a part-time BRT?
Our workload fluctuates between a few jobs per month to several jobs every week. This is determined by the geographical area, season, and the individual tech’s availability. The location of different customers affects the diversity and amount of work. We experience peak workload during the spring, with our slowest time being late fall before winter comes. We require our techs to be available at least three days a week. We do not recommend the part-time position as a sole source of income because of the fluctuating nature of bird issues. For more information on your area, please call (855) 362-2200.
Is there an opportunity to become a full-time BRT?
Any current opportunities are listed on our employment page under Now Hiring. As we continue to grow, new full-time positions will become available. These positions are posted upon need, and we are currently unable to provide a predicted location or start time for any additional full-time positions.
How long is training? Where does it take place?
Training starts the moment you are hired using our copyrighted training materials. In-person training takes place on the job with one of our Trainers. As a trainee, you are taught the basics of how to identify and capture all of the different species of birds we work with. Additional training includes our service software, company communication, store interactions, how to perform our full facility inspection, and nest removal. Once you have completed our basic training, you will be eligible to transition to a Bird Removal Technician Level 1. From here, the learning never stops. As our Director of Operations likes to say, we are “always training,” working to get better.
How are the birds captured?
We have a (patent pending) capture system and process. We utilize custom-manufactured “mist” nets we have had built to spec for our customers’ facilities. Mist nets have been around for many years, and we have improved upon the original design to offer better capture rates. The nets safely decelerate birds during flight and hold them in a mesh pocket. Once captured, we immediately remove them from the net. As a technician, you will learn how to use our gear, and the capture process to successfully complete all of your work orders.
What hours during the day is the work typically performed? Does this take place during business hours or overnight?
Most of our work is performed during the regular business day. Some jobs require us to be on-site early in the morning or later in the evening depending on their specific bird issue.
Can we work on weekends? Do we have to work on weekends?
Yes, weekend work is available, although not mandatory. We require our techs to be available a minimum of three days a week. They choose the days.
Do we have to work the same three days every week?
We require three days total each week, with the flexibility for vacation during the year.
How long does a typical job take? What happens if I can't catch the bird?
Although there are no guarantees when working with wildlife, our company average is about 5 hours per job. The jobs themselves vary depending on the size of the facility, number of services for that location, and number of birds. We close a majority of our jobs on the first trip. If you are unable to capture all of the birds on the first trip, a return trip will be arranged. Starting out as a trainee, you will have a fellow technician to work with. If you need assistance while on-site, your team manager is available to help strategize and talk you through the job. If needed, an additional technician or manager may assist on a return trip to ensure the success of the job. We’ve never had a job we’ve been unable to complete as a company.
How quickly can I move up to BRT-3? What do I have to do to move up the different levels?
There are specific requirements for advancement to each level. Your manager will explain these requirements and support you as you meet them. The length of time it takes to advance to each level is dependent on the individual tech’s ability to meet the requirements and the workload for that area.
I've never done anything like this before. How difficult is it to learn?
You are in good hands. Most technicians working with us have captured birds or worked with wildlife before. Our training department continually assesses your needs as you progress. Meridian’s trainers work with you to help you understand various challenges you may encounter and an effective approach to solving them. We strive to give you an individualized training experience.
Do I have to have a truck? Is there any equipment I need to bring to the jobs?
A reliable vehicle is all that’s needed. We supply all of your gear needed for the job, and this will fit in your average sedan-sized vehicle.