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Great Basin Institute/Nevada Conservation Corps
Position title : Leadership Development Program Member
Deadline to apply : 01/20/2020
Start Date : 02/10/2020
End Date : 11/24/2020
Type of Position : Crew Leader
Town, City, Park, etc : Las Vegas
State / Territory : Nevada
The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field studies organization dedicated to promoting environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a program within the GBI, launched in 1999 with the goal of harnessing the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of our public lands and communities through habitat restoration, invasive species control, forestry, trail building, and community conservation events. With our AmeriCorps grant we have been able to provide that experience to thousands of members, NCC provides valuable training and workforce development opportunities for staff and corps members who seek careers in natural resource management.
Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career in conservation? The Nevada Conservation Corps Leadership Development Program (LDP) is an opportunity for aspiring leaders to further leadership and technical skills through hands-on training and service. Spend a season with NCC as an AmeriCorps member living and working in the wild and scenic landscapes of Nevada. As an LDP participant you will camp for up to seven nights at a time, explore aspen covered mesas, sagebrush valleys, prehistoric oceans turned salt flats, the darkest, star filled skies in America, ancient volcanoes, massive sand dunes, and snow-capped granite peaks. Nevada’s abundant and diverse public lands provide incredible backdrops for both recreation and career development opportunities.
For the first three months, LDP members focus on individual and team growth with mentorship that prioritizes the development of skills meant to prepare you for the challenges of leading a crew. Some of the leadership training topics include problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, collaboration, team development, and effective decision-making. Conservation technical training includes hazardous fuels reduction, trails construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, and data collection. At NCC we believe skills are best acquired within the context of daily work challenges.
Upon successful completion of the leadership development training program you will be assigned summer projects (based out of Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV; or Great Basin National Park) and will take on the responsibility of leading a crew. You will coordinate with federal, state, and non-profit partners to meet the conservation and resource management needs of our public lands. You will be expected to collaborate with peers to see that project goals are accomplished safely and efficiently. Based on your specific projects you will be camped in the field with your crew on either 4-day and/or 8-day “tours” in primitive and remote locations. With mentorship and training, crew leaders are expected to manage crews effectively and facilitate an inclusive, cohesive community.
Different than any other professional experiences, being a crew leader with the NCC is a full-time, intensive commitment. Preparing for projects 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 natural world will last a lifetime.
Technical Trainings and Certifications include:
• Trail Maintenance and Construction
• Dry Stone Masonry
• USFS Felling and/or Bucking Certification
• Chainsaw Maintenance
• Fencing Construction and Maintenance
• Habitat Restoration Methods
• First Aid/CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certification
• Leave No Trace Trainer Certification
• Pesticide Applicators License (NV or CA)
• Off Highway Vehicle Training
Las Vegas, Nevada and Reno, Nevada
You will be based out of our Las Vegas Field Office (for the initial three months) and Reno Field Office (for the summer and fall) on 4- or 8-day “tour” schedules. Camping locations are provided during the workweek. We will not provide housing nor sign leases, but we can assist with identifying housing options.
Due to season and weather, the summer season is based in Reno from May-August. Opportunities to be based at Great National Park for the summer may be an option depending on availability of projects.
For the fall (August-November), options to be based out of Las Vegas or Reno will be available depending on availability of projects.
• 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, 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
• Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service
• Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members
• Participating in in-field education sessions, presentations and crew meetings
• Participate in Service Day events outside of regular work schedule
• Clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles)
• Current driver’s license
• A willingness and desire to lead
• Experience working within a Conservation or Youth Corps
• Previous experience camping/backpacking in remote locations
• Previous experience constructing recreational trails
• Previous experience felling trees using chainsaw and/or crosscut
• Strong critical thinking skills and creativity
• Possessing the confidence and ability to make decisions quickly and under pressure
• Receptive to feedback from superiors, peers, and subordinates.
• Ability to establish and maintain a positive workplace culture and camp life experience.
• Ability to work for 10.5 hours a day and to contribute to post-work day tasks and chores
• Ability to hike up to 10 miles a day with heavy backpacks
• Ability to carry 25 pounds continuously and 50 pounds occasionally
• Ability to camp up to seven consecutive nights in primitive locations without access to running water and restrooms, all while in an all possible weather conditions. Assisting in food preparation, planning, and clean up
• Ability to effectively operate machinery and tools while following production and quality standards set by the Nevada Conservation Corps
Follow strict safety protocol and maintain personal safety of self and others
• Ability to commit to an entire term of service with AmeriCorps
• Be at least 17 years of age
• Be a U.S Citizen or Legal Resident Alien
• All position offers are conditional upon successful completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Any criminal convictions must be disclosed during the interview process
• Be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (Limit of four unique terms in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards)
Possess High school diploma or GED (or provide proof of intent to complete before using education award)
1200 hour AmeriCorps service term: $14,000 living stipend (approximately $680 every two weeks before taxes)
1200 hour AmeriCorps service term: $4,266.50
$7.25/day spent in the field. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $58.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
$800; this is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $50.00 biweekly.
Optional Training & Education we will provide include:
• Resume Building Workshop
• Interview Skills Workshop
• Native Plant Identification
• GPS Unit Training
• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.
If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving.
Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Nevada Conservation Corps will provide you documentation in proving that you qualify for SNAP.
Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit):
The Nevada Conservation Corps will take part in Affiliation Agreements with your university in order to allow you to receive college credit hours for your term of service.
For questions about the position or Nevada Conservation Corps Program, please contact Sarah Mendoza, Recruitment Coordinator, at [email protected]