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Posted: 11/08/2013

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.

AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Professional Opportunity
Las Vegas, NV
$8,500 living stipend; $2,775 AmeriCorps

Nevada Conservation Corps Crew Leader Program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to lead a 5-person crew in the field, while also providing communication and leadership skills for life. As an NCC Crew Leader your experience begins with a three-month leadership development training program. You will spend extended periods of time camping in the field with fellow crew leaders, working on service projects that are meant to prepare you for the challenges of leading a crew.

Your days will be spent working long hours, honing project management and technical skills; evenings will be spent around the fire learning and practicing the fundamental skills of effective leadership. You will be trained in trail building and maintenance, dry masonry, chainsaw use, Wilderness First Aid, off-road driving, leadership, conflict management, and more. You will also have the opportunity to shadow current NCC field staff, practice leadership techniques and receive the feedback and support needed to improve your skills.

Upon successful completion of the 13-week leadership development training you will be assigned a summer project (based out of Reno, NV, Las Vegas, NV or Great Basin National Park) and will take on the responsibility of leading a crew. You will lead four AmeriCorps Crew Members while building trail or running chainsaws in some of Nevadas most beautiful locales. You will coordinate with agency partners and collaborate with peers to see that project goals are accomplished safely and efficiently. Based on your specific project you will be camped in the field with your crew on either 4-day or 8-day tours often in primitive and remote locations and will responsible for managing and facilitating a healthy and cohesive community within your crew.

Different than any other professional experience you could imagine, being a crew leader with the NCC is a full-time commitment where you will always be a resource to the members serving with you both while on service project sites or back at camp after a long day. Both preparing for and leading a crew requires unwavering dedication, and a willingness to put the needs of others first. Successful applicants will demonstrate dependability, excellent judgment, and high standards. We are looking for individuals who will lead by example and be a role model for the members who join our program. Though this position is challenging, the rewards are abundant and the bonds forged with your crew, peers and with the outdoors will last a lifetime.


Individual will have a changing schedule typically working 10 hour days (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM); Member could be on a 4/3 (4 days on; 3 days off) or an 8/6 (8 days on ; 6 days off); During initial training period members could serve up to 50 hours in a week.

Primary Duties and Functions:

Exemplify strong work ethic, professionalism, and sound judgment

Lead young adults on a variety of challenging conservation projects

Understand and abide by all NCC policies and procedures; ensure all safety protocols followed

Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times; be able to boost crew morale

Effectively communicate with NCC staff, partnering agencies, peers, and crew members

Coordinate project logistics with agency partners, Crew Coordinator, and peers

Work alongside members to complete project goals

Provide clear and consistent feedback to crew members

Teach, instruct and support members in trail building, chainsaw use, and other project/NCC specific tasks

Engage members in an active crew life

Facilitate weekly crew meetings and debriefs

Transport crew and equipment safely in NCC trucks

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How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants please forward a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker, Human Resource Coordinator at gparker@thegreatbasininstitute.org. All questions related to the interview and selection process may be sent to Genevieve. Questions about the Leadership Development Program ONLY may be sent to Amanda Pfaff at apfaff@thegreatbasininstitute.org. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This position will not have recurring access to vulnerable populations defined as children 17 and under; adults 60 or older; or individuals with disabliities This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include service or duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee who recently resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to a reduction in work force, or an employee who is on leave.
Genevieve Parker
Phone: 7756745479
Fax: 7756745499
16750 Mt. Rose Hwy.
Reno, NV 89511

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