Description: Spend your fall 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. The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA), is recruiting Restoration Crew Members that will implement restoration of unauthorized off-highway vehicle routes across the SMNRA. Restoration will take place in diverse ecosystems and elevations, ranging from blackbrush and Joshua trees at 4,500 feet to mixed conifer at 7,500 feet.
This project will involve using hand tools and onsite materials to block and restore unauthorized motorized routes. Camping overnight in the field is required, and may consist of 4 or 8 day spikes. This position requires the ability to follow detailed site specific directions, while encouraging fellow crew members under harsh conditions with daily temperatures that can be in excess of 100°.
Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend of $3,500 for the fall. This is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. This stipend paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $1,493 that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
Bunk-style housing will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service, located in the Spring Mountains.
Timeline: August 25, 2014 November 20, 2014 (please be prepared to serve for entire term)
* Percentage of time spent on: labor 70%, traveling 20%, hiking 10%.
* Lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally.
* Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service.
* Communicate effectively with crew members, crew supervisor, NCC staff and 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 & Location: Crew members will be assigned to serve from the Las Vegas Field Station and will serve in the field on 4-day tours, 8-day tours, or a mixture of the two. All schedules are subject to change due to unpredictable circumstances.
Project Site Locations: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Training: Members will participate in orientation the week of August 25, 2014. During orientation members will receive training in technical skills, crew life, 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. Applicants must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two 1700-hour education awards).