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Posted: 02/20/2013

Great Basin Institute
Nevada Conservation Corps

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.

2013 Six Month Crew Member
Internship Opportunity
Reno, NV

Spend six months working and camping at some of Nevadas premier natural areas. Serve alongside volunteers from across the country while making a lasting contribution to Nevadas natural heritage. Gain valuable field experience while working on habitat improvement, restoration, and recreation projects with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and local and state agencies. Provide national service with your environmental restoration efforts and work in a diverse and beautiful array of desert, mountain and alpine habitats.



This is an AmeriCorps volunteer position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,625 for the six months time period. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-weekly throughout the entire contract period to assist with living expenses. Upon completion of AmeriCorps national service contract, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,775 that can be used for paying off student loans, or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.


Timeline: April 8, 2013 October 3, 2013


Conservation Projects:

Trail building and rehabilitation, exotic species removal, forest thinning, habitat restoration, riparian rehabilitation, and illegal road decommissioning



To qualify, you must be over 17 years of age and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background check. 


Essential Duties:

Percentage of time spent on: lifting and carrying 70%, traveling 20%, Hiking 10%, lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally, maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service, communicating with agency project staff, complying with both production and quality work standards established by NCC administration, crew supervisors and project partners, camping up to seven nights in wilderness setting without formal restroom facilities and running water, contributing to basic duties at the campsite including cooking, cleaning and organizing crew equipment


Work Schedule:

Schedules will be dictated by project site and the travel distance from the field station. Crews can be assigned to multiple projects throughout the season and the schedule may fluctuate between 4 and 8 day tours. All schedules are subject to change due to unpredictable circumstances. Members will start term of service based out of our Las Vegas, NV field station. Members will be assigned crews and will serve on a variety of projects in Southern Nevada while based in Las Vegas and will remain there through the beginning of May 2013.  Members will be given the option to continue serving in the Las Vegas area or relocate to our Reno, NV field station or Ely, NV field station for the 13 week summer field season.  The summer program will begin on May 20, 2013. The NCC will help during the transition time with housing recommendations. The NCC will not provide housing nor sign leases, but can assist with identifying housing options.  



Members will attend an orientation session on Monday, February 18, 2013 where they will receive background information regarding AmeriCorps national service and the Nevada Conservation Corps prior to joining their team in the field.


Possible Project Site Locations:

Great Basin National Park, Spring Mountains NRA, Lake Mead NRA, Ash Meadows NWR, Desert NWR, Mt Rose Wilderness Area, Ruby Mountains, and Schell Mountain Range in eastern NV. 


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How to apply
To Apply: Step 1: Click here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=48090 Step 2: Click “Apply” then register. Step 3: Once registered login and complete the application. Step 4: Click the “Search Listings” link and search for program name: Nevada Conservation Corps Step 5: Click on the appropriate position title, then hit the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the listing. Step 6: Ensure references provided in your application are professional in nature. These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from Nevada Volunteers. This program prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Genevieve Parker

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