The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field studies organization dedicated to promoting environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a program within the GBI, launched in 1999 with the goal of harnessing the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of our public lands and communities through habitat restoration, invasive species control, forestry, trail building, and community conservation events. With our AmeriCorps grant we have been able to provide that experience to thousands of members, NCC provides valuable training and workforce development opportunities for staff and corps members who seek careers in natural resource management.
The NCC is seeking Staff Crew Leaders to lead Conservation Crews on projects on public lands in some of Nevada and California’s most beautiful locales. You will coordinate with GBI staff, agency partners, and collaborate with peers to see that project goals are accomplished safely and efficiently. Work will address critical conservation needs with project partners at the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among many other local, county, state, private, and nonprofit organizations.
Essential functions and duties will include:
- Lead field crews and manage logistics during training and while working on conservation projects
- Accurately collect data and prepare for submission to agency partners
- Responsible for the the safety of crew and general public
- Ensure projects are complete to the highest standards
These are 6-month Temporary Staff Assignments based in either Reno or Las Vegas.
Reno – August 2021 – February 2022*
Las Vegas – September 2021 – March 2022
Dates can be flexible so don’t hesitate to contact us!
*If initially assigned to Reno, you will be required to transition to Las Vegas after Thanksgiving for the remainder of your contract. There are no winter projects in northern Nevada.
Reno or Las Vegas, NV
Staff Leads will be assigned to serve our Reno or Las Vegas Field Office, and will serve and camp in the field on 4-day tours, 8-day tours, or a mixture of the two. Schedules will be dictated by project site and distance from the field station. Camping locations are provided during the work week. We will not provide housing nor sign leases, but we can help assist with identifying housing options.
Compensation and Benefits:
• $14.25 – $15.00/hour depending on experience
• Per diem for days in the field
• Paid time off, sick leave, and holidays
• Paid health insurance, with optional vision and dental insurance
• Potential for retirement with matching employer contribution
• Professional development and technical training opportunities
Optional Training & Education we will provide include:
• Defensive Driving Certification
• Off-Road Driving Class
• Resume Building Workshop
• Interview Skills Workshop
• Native Plant Identification
• Invasive Plant Identification
• GPS Unit Training
• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service
- A willingness and desire to lead and facilitate team building
- Experience working within a Conservation or Youth Corps or equivalent experience
- Holds B Faller/FAL2 qualification or has the knowledge, skills and abilities to receive B Faller qualification upon hire
- Previous experience constructing recreational trails
- Strong critical thinking skills and creativity
- Possessing the confidence and ability to make decisions quickly and under pressure
- Receptive to feedback from superiors, peers, and subordinates
- Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members
- Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written formats
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with corps members, partner agency staff, and the general public
- Ability to establish and maintain a positive workplace culture and camp life experience
- Ability to meet physical demand of the position, including: hike up to 10 miles a day with heavy backpacks, carry 25 pounds continuously and 50 pounds occasionally
- Ability to camp up to seven consecutive nights in primitive locations, in adverse weather conditions
- Ability to effectively operate machinery and tools while following production and quality standards set by the Nevada Conservation Corps
- Current Driver License with clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles)
- Follow strict safety protocol and maintain personal safety of self and others
- Must pass a Criminal History Background Check (includes National Sex Offender Public Registry name search and FBI fingerprint check)