Timeline: September 21, 2015 to December 17, 2015

Position Description:

Spend your fall working and camping outside in some of Nevada’s premier natural areas as a Veteran Restoration Team Member with the Nevada Conservation Corps. Serve alongside fellow veteran and civilian AmeriCorps volunteers while making a lasting contribution to Nevada’s natural heritage. Gain valuable field experience while working on habitat improvement, restoration, and recreation projects with the Bureau of Land Management and local public land agencies in the Las Vegas, NV area. Potential conservation projects may include recreational trail construction and maintenance, exotic species removal, habitat restoration, riparian restoration, illegal road decommissioning and more. The NCC strives to contribute real and meaningful improvements to Nevada’s public lands, and as such our crew related work focuses on on-the-ground implementation of conservation projects.  As a member you will be in the field, swinging tools, planting plants, and getting your hands dirty every day of service.  The NCC is looking for members that understand the value of hard work and are ready to get in the field and get things done.

Members will be based out of GBI’s Las Vegas, office. Crews may be assigned to a variety of projects throughout the season, and the schedule may fluctuate between 4 and 8-day tours.  While on tour, you will camp at the project site, sharing in campsite responsibilities, cooking meals with fellow crew members, and participating in group discussions and learning activities around the campfire.  This shared responsibility and crew bonding is an important part of NCC member development strategy, and has contributed not only to the success of the program, but also to the formation of friendships and a passion for conservation work that last long after members finish their service.

Training:

During the term of service, members will receive valuable training and certifications in:

  • Leave No Trace ethics;
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR; and
  • S-212 Chain Saw Training

In addition, NCC staff and leaders offer continuing on-the-job training to improve member’s technical and soft skills, and facilitating learning modules to educate members about the work we do and the areas we serve.  The NCC also organizes educational opportunities with agency project partners and industry professionals, providing members with an inside look at the management strategies and technical research behind our project work.

Qualifications:

  • Possess the desire and drive to perform meaningful conservation work on a variety of projects throughout southern Nevada.
  • 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
  • Beover 17 years of age
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be a Veteran of the US Military and have the ability to provide DD214 papers.
  • 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.

Compensation:

This is an AmeriCorps position. Selected candidates will receive a living stipend of $4,000 for the season. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. This stipend paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $1,493 that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

*The NCC does not provide housing nor sign leases, but can assist with identifying housing options in your area of service.

To Apply: 

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Jason Behrens, HR and Compliance Assistant, at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include how you heard about this position. Upon receipt, a representative from the NCC program will contact you for the next steps in the application process. All questions related to the interview and selection process may be sent to Jason.

The Great Basin Institute conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service.

*For more details see: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps