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30 Jun 2020

Environment Forestry or Trail Crew Member (Fall)

Great Basin Institute/ Nevada Conservation Corps – Posted by Recrutiment Reno, Nevada, United States

Job Description

The Service Experience:
Spend a season or more working and camping outside at some of Nevada’s premier natural areas. Serve alongside volunteers from across the country while making a lasting contribution to Nevada’s natural resources and heritage. Gain valuable field experience while working on habitat improvement, restoration, and recreation projects with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and many other federal and state agencies. Learn firsthand from federal employees and specialists about natural resource and conservation careers. Projects may include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, and habitat restoration.

Fall projects in Northern Nevada may include:
Trail maintenance around Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe National Forest
Forest thinning in Susanville, California with the Bureau of Land Management
Habitat restoration at Great Basin National Park
Historic structure restoration in California with HistoriCorps
Fuels reduction and habitat restoration in Ely, Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management

Training and Field Experience:
•First Aid and CPR certification
•Leave No Trace (LNT) training
•Trail construction and maintenance training for trail crews
•USFS A-Feller certification for forestry crews

Essential Duties:
•Building and maintaining trails, restoring and improving wildlife habitat, and reducing hazardous fuels in our forests and public lands;
•Camping up to seven nights in wilderness setting without formal restroom facilities or running water;
•Making a commitment of national service to our landscapes and communities;
•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;
•Complying with both production and quality work standards established by NCC Administration, crew supervisors and project partners;
•Contributing to basic duties at the campsite including cooking, cleaning and organizing crew equipment;
•Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members;
•Participating in in-field education sessions;
•Percentage of time spent on: labor– 70%, traveling– 20%, hiking– 10%;
•Lifting 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally.

Contract Timeline:
•3 or 6 month AmeriCorps terms available.
•3 month – August 24th to November 20th, 2020
•6 month – August 24th, 2020 to February 19th, 2021

Start dates can be flexible. Please reach out to Cassandra Hughes at to discuss your options.

•Reno, NV
•Crew members will be assigned to serve from the Reno Field Office, and will serve and camp in the field on 4-day tours, 8-day tours, or a mixture of the two. Schedules will be dictated by project site and distance from the field station. Camping locations are provided during the work week. We will not provide housing nor sign leases, but we can help assist with identifying housing options.

**NOTE: Members serving a 6 month term will be required to transition to our Las Vegas Field Office by late November as there are no winter projects in Northern Nevada in the winter.

Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend dependent on their length of service. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly 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 $680 every two weeks before taxes
•Education Award:$1,612.43 (3mo) or $3,047.50 (6mo)
•Per Diem:$7.25/day spent in the field.
•Housing Stipend: max $300 or $600 depending on term length; 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 offered through AmeriCorps
•Interest Accrual Repayment offered through AmeriCorps
•Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility through AmeriCorps
•Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit)

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)

Job Qualifications:
•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.

EEO Statement
We conform 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.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: americorps, camping, Conservation Corps, ecology, forestry, nature, Nevada, restoration, and trails.

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