Description: Spend your summer working and camping outside in some of Nevadas premier natural areas. Serve alongside fellow AmeriCorps Volunteers 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 state agencies. Projects include recreational trail construction and maintenance, hazardous forest fuels reduction, and habitat restoration.
Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $3,500 for the summer. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every two weeks throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members are eligible to receive an additional education award in the amount of $1,468 that can be used for paying off student loans, or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
Timeline: May 20, 2013 August 15, 2013
Potential Conservation Projects: Recreational trail construction and maintenance, Exotic species removal, Hazardous forest fuels reduction, Habitat restoration, Riparian restoration, Illegal road decommissioning,
Essential Duties: Percentage of time spent on: lifting and carrying 70%, traveling 20%, Hiking 10%, lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally, maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service, communicate effectively with crew members, crew leaders, NCC staff and agency project staff, comply with both production and quality work standards established by NCC administration, crew supervisors and project partners, camp up to seven nights in wilderness setting without formal restroom facilities or running water, and contribute to basic chores at campsite including cooking, cleaning and organizing crew equipment.
Work Schedule: Crew members serve in the field on either a 4-day-on, 3-day-off or 8-day-on, 6-day-off schedule with the standard work day being 10 hours in length.
Training: Members will participate in orientation from May 20, 2013 to May 25, 2013, where they will receive training in technical skills related to the specific project on which they are placed. Members will also be trained in Leave-no-trace ethics and CPR/First Aid.
Locations: Dependent upon crew selection, members could be based out of 1 of 3 field stations located in Reno, Las Vegas, or near Ely, NV for the duration of the summer season. Project locations include the Lake Tahoe Basin, Mt. Rose Wilderness, Ruby Mountains, Spring Mountains-NRA, and Great Basin National Park among others.
Qualifications: 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 and federal crimi-nal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards).