Description: Spend a year working and camping outside at 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, and Nevada Division of Forestry. Projects may include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, and habitat restoration.
Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps volunteer position; candidates will receive a living stipend of $14,000 for the year. This is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. This stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout the entire year to assist with living expenses. Upon completion of AmeriCorps national service contract, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $5,550 that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Health insurance benefits are provided.
Timeline: September 2, 2014 August 20, 2015 (please be prepared to serve for entire term)
* Trail construction and maintenance
* Exotic & invasive species removal
* Hazardous fuels reduction
* Habitat restoration
* Riparian restoration
* Illegal road decommissioning
* Fence construction or decommissioning
* Percentage of time spent on: labor 70%, traveling 20%, hiking 10%
* Lifting 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally
* 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.
* Camping up to seven nights in wilderness setting without formal restroom facilities or running water.
* 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.
Work Schedule & Location: Schedules will be dictated by project site and distance from the field station. Crews will be assigned to several projects throughout the season; therefore there may be a mixture of both 4-day and 8-day tours. All schedules are subject to change due to unpredictable circumstances. Due to the seasonal nature of field work in Nevada, you may be required to relocate more than once during the term. Teams will begin service in Southern Nevada, based in Las Vegas, and will remain there until the end of April, when they will be given the option to continue serving in the Las Vegas area or relocate to our Northern or Eastern Nevada field stations for the summer months. The NCC will help during the transition time with housing recommendations. We will not provide housing nor sign leases, but we can assist with identifying housing options.
Possible Project Site Locations:
Fall/Winter/Spring: Spring Mountains NRA, Lake Mead NRA, Ash Meadows NWR, Desert National NWR, Moapa NWR, Death Valley National Park, and Eastern and Southern NV.
Summer: Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Spring Mountains NRA, Great Basin National Park, Ely, Elko, Carson City, and Mt. Rose Wilderness Area.
The locations of service will depend on which regional office you are assigned to for during your term of service. Restoration crews will, at least for the first nine months of service, deploy from our Las Vegas Field station.
Training: Members will participate in orientation from September 2, 2014 to September 5, 2014. During orientation members will receive training in technical skills related to the specific crew they are placed on. Members will also be trained in Leave-No-Trace ethics and CPR/First Aid.
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 offers of employment 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 1700-hour education awards).