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Posted: 07/08/2014

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.

Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Crew Leader
Professional Opportunity
Reno/Las Vegas, NV

Description: Challenge yourself as a leader of a 5-person crew while conducting critical conservation work in some of the Southwests most beautiful areas. Participate in our Fall program based out of Reno, NV or year-round program out of Las Vegas, NV.  Serve from the mountains of Nevada to the vast landscapes of the Great Basin and Mohave Deserts. The NCC is looking for experienced Crew Leaders to tackle day-to-day responsibilities of crew life. Long-term and seasonal openings are available.


You will lead four AmeriCorps Crew Members while building trail, running chainsaws, or performing other restoration projects on public lands 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 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.



Living Allowance: 450-hour = $4,000900-hour = $8,000

AmeriCorps Education Award*: 450-hour = $1,468900-hour = $2,775

Student Loan Forbearance** 

Paid Interest Accrual**

Daily field per diem

Health Insurance Option on 900-hour contract


* AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses.

** On qualifying federal student loans


Schedule & Location:

450-hour = August 25, 2014 November 24, 2014

900-hour = August 25, 2014 February 26, 2015

NCC crews 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). Crew Leaders must be present for Crew Member orientation from Tuesday, September 2 Friday, September 5, 2014.

450-hour Crew Leaders will serve based out of the Reno, NV office. 900-hour Crew Leaders will serve based out of the Las Vegas, NV field station. 


Supervisor(s): NCC Staff (NCC Program Director, NCC Associate Program Director, Crew Coordinator and Training and Education Coordinator)


Projects May Include: Trail building and maintenance, exotic species removal, forest thinning, habitat restoration, riparian and desert rehabilitation, fence building, erosion control, fire rehabilitation, and illegal road decommissioning. 


Essential Duties: 

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

Manage and maintain crew gear, tools and other various NCC/agency equipment

Complete weekly reporting of accomplishments 

Uphold NCC and AmeriCorps standards of work production and quality

Support and manage crew meal planning


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Required Qualifications:


US Citizenship or Permanent Legal Residency

At least 18 years of age

Must pass a 3-part background check (Federal, State, and National Sex Offender Public Registry name check); ANY past criminal convictions must be disclosed

Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards)

Clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles) 

Current drivers license

High School diploma or GED certificate

Eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award

Physical ability to work long days, in adverse conditions, on labor intensive projects

Effective communication skills

Ability to adapt to changing project and schedule expectations


Desired Qualifications:


Previous leadership experience with youth or young adults

Experience working with a Conservation or Youth Corps

Camping/backpacking experience

Experience constructing recreational trails; chainsaw operating experience

Familiarity with basic conservation skills including tool maintenance

Receptive to feedback; able to communicate challenges

Ability to create and facilitate a positive experience for crew 


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How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants please forward a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references (name, relationship, phone number, email) to Genevieve Parker, Human Resources Associate at gparker@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All questions related to the interview and selection process may be sent to Genevieve. 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 disabilities. 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

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