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Great Basin Institute/ Nevada Conservation Corps

Position title : Leadership Development Program Member

Deadline to apply : 02/11/2019

Type of Position : Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc : Las Vegas

State / Territory : Nevada

Organization/Program Description :

Nevada Conservation Corps harnesses the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of Nevada public lands and communities. As a federally-funded AmeriCorps program, the NCC promotes ecological literacy through field research and direct conservation service. Our broad-based national recruitment process transcends racial, ethnic and economic barriers by creating a cadre of corps members comprised of diverse backgrounds. The NCC provides students and young professionals opportunities to make meaningful contributions toward protecting and conserving Nevada’s natural heritage, while also gaining valuable work experience in the natural resource management field.

Position Description :

Spend a season or more working and camping outside at some of Nevada’s premiere natural areas. Serve alongside volunteers from across the country while making a lasting contribution to Nevada’s 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, Nevada Division of Forestry, and many other federal and state agencies. Projects may include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, and habitat restoration.

Your experience begins with two months as a crew member on a 5-person crew. During your tenure as a crew member you will receive leadership development training and technical skills training in forestry, trails and restoration, spend extended periods of time camping in the field with fellow crew leader candidates, and take turns acting as the lead on service projects that are meant to prepare you for the challenges of leading a crew. Promotion to Crew Leader is not guaranteed & depends on performance review.

Upon successful completion of the leadership development training program you will be assigned a summer project (based out of Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV; or Great Basin National Park) and will take on the responsibility of leading a team of AmeriCorps volunteers in some of Nevada’s 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 be responsible for managing and 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, intensive 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.

Certifications and trainings:

  • Wilderness first aid certification
  • Leave No Trace trainer certification
  • USFS S212 Faller A Chainsaw Training
  • Trail Construction and Maintenance Training
  • Pesticide applicators certification
  • Defensive Driving Certification
  • Off-Road Driving Class
  • GPS Unit Training
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Native Species Identification

Contract Timeline:

This is an 6 month (900 hour) Americorps term of service from 2/18/19-8/16/19.

Location:

Crew members will be assigned to serve from the Las Vegas Field Station for the initial 3 months of Leadership Development training and will serve and camp in the field on 4-day tours, 8-day tours, or a mixture of the two. Schedules will be dictated by project site and distance from the field station.

Upon completion of the Leadership Development training program, you may be assigned a summer project based out of one of our three regional locations in Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV; or Great Basin National Park. The project location(s) will depend on which regional office you are assigned to for the remaining three months of service. Camping locations are provided during the work week.

Note: The Nevada Conservation Corps will not provide housing or transportation on off days, but we can assist with identifying housing options. We highly recommend you have your own personal vehicle with you.

Job 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, 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
Requirements :

General Qualifications:
• 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

Leadership Qualifications:
• 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.

Physical Qualifications:
• 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

AmeriCorps Qualifications:
• 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)

Benefits :

Living stipend: $9,600

Education award $2,960

$7.25 per diem received everyday spent in the field

Contact Information :

Please contact Sarah Mendoza, Recruitment Coordinator, at smendoza@thegreatbasininstitute.org

or

Scott Scherbinski, Program Director, at sscherbinski@thegreatbasininstitute.org