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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.

AmeriCorps Six-Month Crew Member
Internship Opportunity
Reno, NV
$7,000 living allowance; $2,775 AmeriCor

Description: 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.


Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps volunteer position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,000 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 or Cost of Attendance at a Title IV accredited college.


Timeline: May 19th November 13th, 2014


Conservation Projects:

* Trail building and rehabilitation

* Exotic species removal

* Forest thinning

* Habitat restoration

* Riparian rehabilitation

* 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 with 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

* Contribute to basic duties at the campsite including cooking, cleaning and organizing crew equipment

* Show respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members.

* Participate in in-field education sessions.


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.


Training: Members will attend an orientation week, beginning Monday, May 19th, 2014, where they will receive background information regarding AmeriCorps national service and the Nevada Conservation Corps prior to joining their team in the field. Orientation consists both of classroom time and hands-on learning in outdoors settings. Crew members are trained in technical skills related to service projects, Leave No Trace ethics, and CPR/First Aid.


Possible Project Site Locations: Great Basin National Park, Spring Mountains NRA, Lake Mead NRA, Ash Meadows NWR, Desert NWR, Lake Tahoe Basin, Desolation Wilderness Area, Mt. Rose Wilderness Area, Ruby Mountains, and Schell Mountain Range in eastern NV, and others.


Members will serve based out of our Reno, NV field station. Members will be assigned crews and will serve on a variety of projects, primarily in Northern Nevada. The NCC will not provide housing nor sign leases, but can assist with identifying housing options.


Qualifications: To qualify, you must be over 17 years of age and a US citizen or permanent legal resident that has received a high school diploma or GED. All position offers 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). 

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How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker, Human Resources Associate, at gparker@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include how you heard about this position. Upon receipt, a representative from the NCC program will contact you for the next steps in the application process. All questions related to the interview and selection process may be sent to Genevieve. 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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