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Posted: 03/05/2014

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.

California Tahoe Conservancy AmeriCorps Conservation Crew Member
Internship Opportunity
South Lake Tahoe, CA
$8,000 living allowance; $2,775 AmeriCor


In cooperation with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting three Crew Members to serve as part of a crew implementing California Tahoe Conservancy (http://tahoe.ca.gov) restoration, forestry, and maintenance projects. This is a labor-intensive and physically demanding position and applicants must demonstrate their ability to serve as a professional, mature team member. Duties include: 


* Safely operating tools and equipment including chainsaws, chippers, brush cutters, various power/hand tools, and heavy equipment;

* Actively participating in routine safety talks and training sessions;

* Caring for, maintaining, and ensuring the security of State tools, property, and equipment;

* Serving as secondary driver for crew and equipment to and from project sites;

* Identifying property boundaries; and

* Performing warehouse maintenance tasks.


Projects include:  


* Ecological restoration and site protection;

* Property and facility maintenance;

* Native tree planting and revegetation;

* Wildlife habitat enhancement;

* Hazard tree removal and fuel hazard reduction;

* Roping/rigging for safe tree removal;

* Soil erosion control; and

* Road and/or trail removal, rehabilitation and stabilization


Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and members will receive a living stipend of $8,000 for the field season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-weekly throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,775 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college or program.


Contract Length:  May 19 - November 13, 2014


Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA




* Ability to perform safely and cooperatively in a group setting under a variety of conditions;

* Ability to perform manual labor in rough terrain, lift heavy objects, and work for extended periods of time in various weather conditions;

* Possession of a valid driver's license, with clean driving record. Final candidates will be required to provide a current 3-5 year Driver History record;

* Excellent communication skills;

* Demonstrated ability to follow directions and carry out specific project plans; and

* Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) must be at least 17 years of age and a have received a high school diploma or GED (or be willing to achieve this before using education award), (3) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (4) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.



* Education and background in ecological restoration, natural resources management, or land management; preferably in a leadership capacity;

* Ability to drive a tow vehicle and trailer;

* Familiarity with operation and maintenance of chainsaws, wood chippers, brush cutters, various power/hand tools, rigging equipment, and heavy equipment;

* Class A, B, or C chainsaw certification;

* Valid Class A or B drivers license; and

* Ability to interpret assessor parcel maps and identify property boundaries.

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How to apply
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a letter explaining their interest in the field of natural resource management/restoration/forestry and qualifications for this position, along with a current resume and list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker at gparker@gbinstitute.org. The deadline to apply is March 14, 2014; application materials will not be accepted after this date. Positions are contingent on funding. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is the objective of the Tahoe RCD to achieve a drug-free workplace. Any applicant will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the state, civil service rules, and a special trust placed in public servants.
Genevieve Parker

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