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2014-15 Year-Round Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Crew Member

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Posted: 06/12/2014

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.

2014-15 Year-Round Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Crew Member
Professional Opportunity
Las Vegas, NV

Description: Spend a year working and camping outside 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, and Nevada Division of Forestry. Projects may include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, and habitat restoration. 


Compensation: 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.


Timeline: September 2, 2014 August 20, 2015 (please be prepared to serve for entire term)


Conservation Projects:

* Trail construction and maintenance

* Exotic & invasive species removal

* Hazardous fuels reduction

* Habitat restoration

* Riparian restoration

* Illegal road decommissioning

* Fence construction or decommissioning 


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 effectively with crew members, crew leaders, NCC staff and 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 or 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 & Location: 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 Northern or Eastern Nevada 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.  


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, Elko, Carson City, and Mt. Rose Wilderness Area.

The locations of service will depend on which regional office you are assigned to for during your term of service. Restoration crews will, at least for the first nine months of service, deploy from our Las Vegas Field station.


Training: Members will participate in orientation from September 2, 2014 to September 5, 2014. During orientation members will receive training in technical skills related to the specific crew they are placed on. Members will also be trained in Leave-No-Trace ethics and CPR/First Aid.


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 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
Step 1: Submit a current resume and 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. Please include three professional references complete with contact information (email and phone). Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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 may 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. All questions regarding your application may be directed to Genevieve. These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from Nevada Volunteers. Positions are contingent on funding. This program prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. These positions do 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

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