Research Associate Project Specialist (Temporary Assignment)
Description: The Great Basin Institute is a Reno, NV-based interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. With a $9 million annual budget, the Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.
The Research Associate (RA) Program seeks a Project Specialist to assist with program logistics and operations of RAs throughout the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts, as well as the Lake Tahoe Basin. GBI RAs 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 wildland post-fire monitoring.
The RA Project Specialist will work with GBI staff to recruit and place Research Associates, coordinate project logistics and scheduling, assist with payroll, and ensure compliance with all AmeriCorps, grant, and agency rules and regulations. Project development and grant writing may also be a function of this position, thus excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
-Support logistical planning and recruitment for new and existing RA projects, including interviews, developing scopes of work, equipment procurement, and orientation/training;
-Communicate regularly with agency partners and Research Associates via phone and written correspondence regarding contract status, job satisfaction and administration;
-Develop and maintain database of project deliverables and performance measures;
-Gather, manage and process data needed to satisfy quarterly and annual reporting requirements;
-Develop and/or adapt systems that enhance the success and satisfaction of RAs in the Program;
-Collect, review and process GBI administrative paperwork;
-Assist Program staff with program operations, maintenance and expansion;
-Coordinate, collaborate with and assist other GBI programs as required;
-Follow and enforce policies detailed in GBI Personnel Handbook; and
-Other duties as assigned.
Location and Timeline:
-GBI Headquarters in Reno, NV;
-Start Date: Immediately, ending 21 November 2014, renewable pending funding and performance review;
-Full time, a minimum of 40 hours per week;
-Available to work a varied schedule, including some weekends, evenings and/or holidays.
-Rate of Pay: $15.00 per hour
-Paid Health/Dental Coverage
-Personal Leave benefits
-Bachelor’s degree in natural, cultural or recreation resources, or allied fields.
- Strong interest in natural or cultural resources, land management, and/or environmental policy;
-Experience with project management, including scheduling, logistics, personnel management, staff recruitment and retention, and/or training;
-Familiarity with environmental research and field work;
-Knowledge and experience utilizing 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 orally, with a diverse audience;
-Strongly developed organizational skills and ability to self-motivate;
-Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment;
-Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity with safely driving 4WD vehicles on pavement and off-road;
-Ability to pass FBI criminal background and National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) checks; and
-Applicants with advanced degrees and/or additional experience related to the following are highly encouraged to apply:
-Operations of Great Basin Institute or similarly-sized non-profit organization;
-AmeriCorps or other national service program requirements (as a member or program staff).
How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, HR Coordinator, at email@example.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquiries, please. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.