The Great Basin Institute

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Climbing Inventory Technician

Deadline to apply :

Type of Position :
Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc :
Las Vegas

State / Territory :

Benefits :
AmeriCorps, Dental Insurance, Education Award, Health Insurance, Student Loan Forbearance, Vision Insurance

Project/Program Focus :
Data Collection, Trails

Organization/Program Description :

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. Founded in 1998 at the University of Nevada, GBI advances applied research to support science-based adaptive management of public lands. The Institute is dedicated to the promotion of science through field studies programs, conservation practices, and public outreach.

Nevada Conservation Corps harnesses the energy and idealism of young conservationists to meet the needs of Nevada public lands and communities. As a federally-funded AmeriCorps program, the NCC promotes direct service on public lands throughout the west. The NCC transcends racial, ethnic and economic barriers by mobilizing a cadre of corps members comprised of diverse backgrounds. Students and emerging professionals are provided with opportunities to make meaningful contributions toward protecting Nevada’s natural heritage while gaining valuable work experience in the natural resource management field.

Position Description :

The goal of this project is to collect sufficient data to effectively represent the rock climbing activity in the Red Rock National Conservation Area. This information is to be used by the Bureau of Land Management in the development of a management plan for these areas. To adequately represent the amount of climbing activity in these wilderness areas the inventory team collected spatial and attribute data on the location of climbing areas and wall, the state of access trails to these walls, the number of routes on each wall, an estimate of the number of bolts and anchors on the routes, and any other elements that might describe climber specific activity.


Location: Las Vegas, NV


Compensation and Benefits:

This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living allowance dependent on their length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in biweekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

• Living Allowance: approximately $800 biweekly (pre-tax)
• Per Diem: $15.00/day spent in the field
• Professional development and technical training opportunities

Segal Education Award:
After successfully completing an AmeriCorps term of service members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. For this term of service the education award amount will be $3,172.50. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

Student Loan Forbearance:
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).

Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute.

Job Duties :
  • Inventorying bouldering locations and review existing digital data, gps, photograph, document existing and new routes
  •  Inventorying route access trails
  •  Inventorying notable and popular climbing and use patterns
  •  Public Information/Focus group meeting
  •  Coordinate with BLM staff and stakeholders
  •  Analysis of routes and bolting
Requirements :
  • Bachelor’s degree in recreation/wilderness management, natural resources, or equivalent coursework and field experience preferred;
  • Experience following established implementation procedures and protocols for field projects;
  • Knowledge of and experience in best practices for maintaining field safety in remote settings;
  • Ability to safely work in harsh and rapidly changing environments and traverse uneven, steep terrain;
  • Ability to use hand-held GPS units and experience with GIS
  • Familiarity with the proper and safe use of climbing gear, and bouldering
  • Strong communication skills, oral and written, with an ability to communicate effectively with agency staff, field and office colleagues, and the general public;
  • Possess self-starting motivation, detail orientation, strong organizational skills, and abilities to effectively work independently and as a team member;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license, and an ability to safely operate 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads;