Great Basin Institute

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Research Associate Program Coordinator

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Type of Position :
Staff (Full-Time)

Town, City, Park, etc :
Las Vegas

State / Territory :

Benefits :
Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Vision Insurance

Project/Program Focus :

Organization/Program Description :

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. Headquartered in Reno, NV, and with a field office in Las Vegas, NV, the Institute advances ecological literacy, professional development, and natural/cultural/recreation resource management through educational outreach and direct service programs. GBI work with federal, state and local land management agencies on a wide variety of field-based projects including wildlife monitoring, invasive plant inventories, recreation use surveys, resource mapping and monitoring, restoration, wilderness monitoring and inventories, cultural resource surveys, travel management inventories, as well as other resource management initiatives.

Position Description :

GBI’s Research Associate (RA) Program seeks a Coordinator to support program logistics, operations, and management of RAs and AmeriCorps (AC) members in Nevada and other western states. The RA Program Coordinator works with GBI staff to recruit, place and manage Research Associates and AmeriCorps members, coordinate project logistics and scheduling, perform payroll, expense-report and other administrative duties, as well as to ensure compliance with grant and agency rules and regulations. This office-based position operates in a dynamic, team-based setting. The RA Program Coordinator will encounter a variety of opportunities for professional development, including gaining insight to the operational policies and procedures of a mid-sized environmental non-profit organization, exposure to a spectrum of environmental resource management positions and approaches for supporting them, strengthening interactive skills through communication with diverse professional staff, and ability to effectively support the success of a mission-driven enterprise.

Job Duties :
  • Coordinate recruitment and logistical planning for new and existing RA and AC projects/positions by understanding scopes of work, reviewing applications, conducting interviews, procuring equipment, and supporting orientation/training;
  • Communicate regularly with Research Associates and agency partners via phone and written correspondence regarding position status, performance, work satisfaction, and administration;
  • Maintain databases for tracking program members, project deliverables, and performance measures;
  • Gather, manage and process data needed to satisfy quarterly and annual reporting requirements;
  • Develop, adapt and apply systems that enhance the success and satisfaction of RAs in the program;
  • Collect, review and process GBI administrative forms, including timesheets, expense reports, and time-off requests;
  • Collaborate extensively and assist program staff with program operations, maintenance and expansion;
  • Collaborate with and assist other GBI programs as required;
  • Follow and enforce policies detailed in the GBI Personnel Handbook; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Requirements :
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Experience (at least 1 year) with project management, including scheduling, logistics, personnel management, recruitment and retention, and/or training;
  • Familiarity and alignment with mission-driven nonprofit organizations strongly preferred;
  • Strong interest in and appreciation of natural, cultural and/or recreation resources, land management, and/or environmental policy;
  • Ability to learn new database systems and follow procedural documents (e.g., payroll review procedures);
  • Attention to detail, and ability to audit extensive data systems;
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Project) to manage, present and track program information;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with diverse audiences;
  • Strongly developed organizational skills and ability to multi-task and self-motivate;
  • Willingness to travel occasionally to conduct site visits at RA service locations in NV/CA and possibly other western states;
  • Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the RA Program and the mission of GBI;
  • Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity with safe-driving practices, preferred; and
  • Ability to pass an FBI criminal background and National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) check.
Additional Benefits :
  • Total Compensation Package: $40,000 – $43,000 annually
    • Salary: $34,000 – $37,000 annually, DOE
    • Health insurance coverage
    • Up to 4% Annual Salary 401K Plan Matching Contribution
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Annual appointment starting upon availability; renewable pending performance and funding.
  • Full time, 40 hours per week; available to occasionally work a varied schedule as needed, including some weekends, evenings and/or holidays.
Additional Information :

Location: The Research Associate Program Coordinator will be based out of the GBI Field Office in Las Vegas, NV. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Recreation opportunities abound and viewing sites for desert plants and animals are easily accessible. Nevada boasts more natural hot springs than any other state in the country, over 150 named mountain ranges, and 30 mountain peaks over 11,000 feet. Famous National Parks and other public lands are 1-3 hour drives from Las Vegas. The Las Vegas staff oversee projects in southern Utah, northern Arizona, southern California, and southern Nevada, as well as other neighboring areas, which means opportunities to explore new and amazing public lands is often a part of the job