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1 Dec 2017

Environment Restoration Crew Member (Nevada Conservation Corps)

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

Job Description

Are you ready for a challenge? Spend a season or two working hard preserving our environment as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Camp up to seven night outs in the field, and work long ten hour days bettering Nevada’s public lands, then spend your off-days roaming across this immense and wild state. Check out aspen covered mesas, sage brush valleys, prehistoric oceans turned salt flats, the darkest, star filled skies in America, ancient volcanoes, massive sand dunes and snow-capped granite peaks. Nevada is completely underrated in its opportunities for recreation and career opportunities in the Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource management field.

As a Nevada Conservation Corps Crew Member you will be given the opportunity to gain important technical and life skills. As a program within the educationally focused Great Basin Institute we are dedicated to not only teaching you skills required to accomplish the task at hand, but to provide you skills to further your environmental sciences career. The Crew Member position is the perfect entry level position in the conservation field and we intentionally structure our program to provide for possible upward mobility within the Great Basin Institute or to act as a stepping stone for your government career. Many of our alumni have gone on to do just that, some are now even our project partners.

The challenges will be numerous and difficult. The weather may bring you a hot summer sun during the day and hail at night when you are trying to cook dinner on your camp stove. You will be tested mentally and physically, but you will grow as a person, overcoming professional and interpersonal obstacles under the guidance of the experienced Nevada Conservation Corps Staff. Come make a difference in this world.

Are you ready?

Project focuses will be on restoration and trail maintenance/construction.
Contract Timeline:
•Members will serve a 5-month (675 hour) AmeriCorps term from:
April 2, 2018 to August 16, 2018

Nevada Conservation Corps is recruiting continuously, if these dates don’t work for your current schedule please contact the recruiter anyway and we can start planning for you to join us in a future season.

You will be based out of a field station:
•Reno Field Station

Note: We will will provide camping locations and transportation during your work week, but housing and transportation during off days is not provided by the Nevada Conservation Corps and will be your sole responsibility. We recommend you have your own personal vehicle with you.

Compensation and Benefits:
Living Allowance:
• 5 month (675 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $6,850 living allowance (approximately $700 every two weeks before taxes)

Education Award:
Upon successful completion of your term you will be given access to your Segal Education award which can be used for Title IV university/college tuition or to pay for federal student loans. The education award is only considered taxable income on the day you use the award.
Education Award amounts are dependent on the length of your term:
• 5 month (675 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $2,215.24

Per Diem
For every day you work in the field with us you will receive $7.25. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $58.00 biweekly.

Other Benefits:
•Insurance at no cost to you (medical, dental, vision)
•Loan Forbearance
•Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility
•Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit)

Skills & Education:
You will be certified in First Aid and CPR
You will be certified in Leave No Trace
If your assigned project requires you may receive:
•USFS S212 Faller A Chainsaw Training
•Trail Construction and Maintenance Training

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:
Physical Qualifications:
•Ability to work for 10.5 hours a day and to contribute to post-work day tasks and chores.
•Ability to hike up to 10 miles a day with heavy backpacks
•Ability to carry 25 pounds continuously and 50 pounds occasionally.
•Ability to camp up to seven consecutive nights in primitive locations without access to running water and restrooms in all possible weather conditions. Assisting in food preparation, planning, and clean up
•Ability to effectively operate machinery and tools while following production and quality standards set by the Nevada Conservation Corps.
•Follow strict safety protocol and maintain personal safety of self and others.

AmeriCorps Qualifications:
•Ability to commit to an entire term of service with AmeriCorps
•Be at least 17 years of age.
•Be a U.S Citizen or Legal Resident Alien
•Be able to complete a successful check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and a federal criminal background check.
•Be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (Limit of four unique terms in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards).
•Possess High school diploma or GED (or provide proof of intent to complete before using education award)

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.

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Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: americorps, Conservation Corps, forestry, recreation, restoration, and trail.

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