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Posted: 03/05/2014

Great Basin Institute
Nevada Conservation Corps

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.

AmeriCorps Summer Crew Member
Internship Opportunity
Reno, Las Vegas, GBNP, NV
$3,500 living stipend; $1,468 AmeriCorps

Description: Spend your summer working and camping outside in some of Nevadas premier natural areas. Serve alongside volunteers from across the country while making a lasting contribution to Nevadas natural heritage. Gain valuable field experience while working on habitat improvement, restoration, and recreation projects with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and local and state agencies. Provide national service with your environmental restoration efforts and work in a diverse and beautiful array of desert, mountain and alpine habitats. 


Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $3,500 for the summer. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every two weeks throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members are eligible to receive an additional education award in the amount of $1,468 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans, or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. 


Timeline: May 19, 2014 August 14, 2014


Potential Conservation Projects:

* Trail building and rehabilitation

* Exotic species removal

* Forest thinning

* Habitat restoration

* Riparian rehabilitation

* Illegal road decommissioning


Essential Duties:

* Percentage of time spent on: lifting and carrying 70%, traveling 20%, Hiking 10%

* Lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally 

* Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service.

* Communicate effectively with crew members, crew leaders, NCC staff and agency project staff.

* Comply with both production and quality work standards established by NCC administration, crew supervisors and project partners.

* Camp up to seven nights in wilderness setting without formal restroom facilities or running water.

* Contribute to basic chores at campsite including cooking, cleaning and organizing crew equipment.

* Show respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members.

* Participate in in-field education sessions. 


Work Schedule: Schedules will be dictated by project site and the travel distance from the field station. Crews can be assigned to multiple projects throughout the season and the schedule may fluctuate between 4- and 8-day tours. All schedules are subject to change due to unpredictable circumstances.



Training: Members will participate in orientation from May 19 to May 23, where they will receive training in technical skills related to the specific project on which they are placed. Members will also be trained in Leave No Trace ethics and CPR/First Aid. 


Locations: Dependent upon crew selection, members could be based out of 1 of 3 field stations located in Reno, Las Vegas, or Great Basin National Park for the duration of the summer season. Project locations include the Lake Tahoe Basin, Mt. Rose Wilderness, Ruby Mountains, Spring Mountains NRA, and Great Basin National Park among others.


Qualifications: To qualify, you must be over 17 years of age and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All position offers are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards). 


OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker, Human Resources Associate, at gparker@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 Genevieve. These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service. This program prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Genevieve Parker

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