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Posted: 05/16/2013

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.

2013-2014 Year-Round Crew Member
Professional Opportunity
Las Vegas, NV
$14,000 stipend + $5,500 education award


Spend a year 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 Nevada in a diverse and beautiful array of desert, mountain and alpine habitats.



This is an AmeriCorps volunteer position; candidates will receive a living stipend of $14,000 for the year. This is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. This stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout the entire year to assist with living expenses. Upon completion of AmeriCorps national service contract, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $5,550 that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Health insurance benefits are provided.  



August 26, 2013 August 14, 2014


Conservation Projects:

Trail construction and maintenance; exotic & invasive species removal; hazardous fuels reduction; habitat restoration; riparian restoration; illegal road decommissioning; fence construction or 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 and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two 1700-hour education awards). 


Essential Duties: 

Percentage of time spent on: labor 70%, traveling 20%, hiking 10%; lifting 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; showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members; participating in in-field education sessions.


Work Schedule: 

Schedules will be dictated by project site and distance from the field station. Crews will be assigned to several projects throughout the season; therefore there may be a mixture of both 4-day and 8-day tours. All schedules are subject to change due to unpredictable circumstances. Due to the seasonal nature of field work in Nevada, you may be required to relocate more than once during the term. Teams will begin service in Southern Nevada, based in Las Vegas, and will remain there until the end of April, when they will be given the option to continue serving in the Las Vegas area or relocate to our Reno, NV or Ely, NV field stations for the summer months. The NCC will help during the transition time with housing recommendations. We will not provide housing nor sign leases, but we can assist with identifying housing options.  



Members will attend orientation from August 26August 30, where they will receive training in technical project skills required to complete project tasks, leave-no-trace ethics, and CPR/First Aid. Ongoing, voluntary workshops may be scheduled.


Possible Project Site Locations: 

Fall/Winter/Spring:  Spring Mountains NRA, Lake Mead NRA, Ash Meadows NWR, Desert National NWR, Moapa NWR,  Death Valley National Park, and Eastern and Southern NV. Summer:  Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Spring Mountains NRA, Great Basin National Park, Ely Nevada, Elko Nevada, Carson City Nevada, and Mt. Rose Wilderness Area.


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How to apply
Step 1: Submit a cover letter stating why you are interested in a position with the NCC program and what you hope to gain from the experience to Genevieve Parker at gparker@gbinstitute.org. In addition, please include two professional references complete with contact information (email and phone). Please inform all references that a representative from the NCC program will be contacting them to conduct a brief survey regarding their knowledge and experience working with you. Professional references can include past or current job supervisors or volunteer supervisors, academic instructors, or counselors. Step 2: Upon receipt, a representative from the NCC program will contact you for the next steps in the application process. Please direct all questions regarding the application process to Genevieve Parker at gparker@gbinstitute.org 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
Phone: 7023314140
3903 Raymert Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89121

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