The Great Basin Institute

Actively Recruiting:
Yes

Position title :
Native Seed Crew Leader

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Type of Position :
Crew Leader

Town, City, Park, etc :
Las Vegas

State / Territory :
Nevada

Benefits :
AmeriCorps, College Credit, Education Award, Health Insurance, Industry-Recognized Certifications, Student Loan Forbearance, Vision Insurance

Organization/Program Description :

The Service Experience: 
In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Native Seed Technicians will support a variety of botany, and restoration projects. Project work will occur primarily on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA), and other Ranger Districts as required.The Technicians will work on a number of projects, including collection of seeds from native plants and restoration of burned areas.

Position Description :

Essential Duties:
•Collecting seed of local genotypes of native plant species;
•Survey rare plants, butterfly habitat, sage grouse habitats and avian fauna;
•Burned area rehabilitation;
•Monitor past restoration projects sites;
•Riparian and spring restoration;
•Identification and documentation of disturbed locations in sensitive habitats;
•Other task and project as assigned
•Adhere to all AmeriCorps, NCC, and agency sponsor policies while on project sites or at camp locations;
•Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service;
•Communicating effectively with crew members, crew leaders, NCC staff and agency project staff;

Job Duties :

Crew Lead Responsibilities:
•Lead young adults on a variety of challenging conservation projects;
•Ensure all safety protocols followed;
•Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times and be able to boost crew morale;
•Teach, instruct and support members in technical restoration skills, and other project/NCC specific tasks;
•Engage members in an active crew life;
•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.

Requirements :

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time;
•Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions and terrain
•Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g. pre-sunrise mornings, late nights past midnight);
•Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff, and a diverse public.
•Ability to adapt to changing project and schedule expectations.
•Previous leadership and restoration field work experience, or the completion of the NCC Leadership Program;
•Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship, or U.S. national or legal resident alien status, (2) at least 18 years of age (3) High School Diploma or GED certificate (4) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (5) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks.

Additional Preferred Experience
•Knowledge of plant taxonomy and ecology, including use of technical botanical keys (dichotomous plant key without pictures);
•Familiarity with plants of the area, including rare, sensitive, threatened and endangered, preferable;
•Knowledge of GIS software (highly desirable but not required);
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. 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 $800.00 every two weeks before taxes
•Education Award: $1,678.57
•Per Diem:$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.
•Housing Stipend: max $300 total. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $50.00 biweekly.

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

•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). 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.

Optional Training & Education we will provide include:
• Defensive Driving Certification
• Off-Road Driving Class
• Resume Building Workshop
• Interview Skills Workshop
• Native Plant Identification
• Invasive Plant Identification
• GPS Unit Training
• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)