The Great Basin Institute

Actively Recruiting:
Yes

Position title :
Lake Tahoe Prescribed Burn Crew

Type of Position :
Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc :
Tahoe Basin

State / Territory :
California

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

Project/Program Focus :
Forestry, Trails, Wildfire Mngmt, Wildlife Mngmt

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.

Position Description :

The Lake Tahoe (LTMBU) Prescribed Burn Crew is dedicated to hazardous fuel reduction in the Lake Tahoe basin. The project may involve using chainsaws for thinning of timber, woodlands, or shrubs, utilizing prescribed fire to reduce fuels, piling and chipping of slash, monitoring pre-and post-fire effects, and fire suppression. The crew will be skilled in the use of a variety of hand tools and chainsaws. Candidates must pass pre-employment background checks, and must be physically fit to hike into remote areas with equipment and provisions; and must perform hard labor in hot fire line locations.

Requirements :
  • Must maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with members, crew leaders, NCC staff, and project partners.
  • Possess the willingness and ability to work and camp up to seven nights in a row, in a wilderness setting, in all weather conditions, without formal restroom facilities or running water.
  • Be able to lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be a US citizen
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards).*
  • All position offers are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.
Additional 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.

•Living Allowance: approximately $1370 every two weeks (pre-tax)
•Per Diem:$15/day spent in the field. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $120.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
•TOTAL COMPENSATION BIWEEKLY: $1490 (pre-tax)

Shared housing will be provided at Coyote Den in South Lake Tahoe (equivalent to $450 monthly housing expense).

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 $6,495. 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.

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