Description: Spend six months working and camping 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, 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.
Living Allowance: $7,000
AmeriCorps Education Award*: $2,775
Student Loan Forbearance**
Paid Interest Accrual**
Daily field per diem
Health Insurance Option
* AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses.
** On qualifying federal student loans
Timeline: September 2, 2014-February 26, 2014. Option to renew contract for an additional 900-hours/6 mos. conditional upon positive performance review.
* Trail building and rehabilitation
* Exotic species removal
* Forest thinning
* Habitat restoration
* Riparian rehabilitation
* Illegal road decommissioning
Possible Project Site Locations: Great Basin National Park, Spring Mountains NRA, Lake Mead NRA, Ash Meadows NWR, Desert NWR, Mt. Rose Wilderness Area, Ruby Mountains, and Schell Mountain Range.
Members will serve based out of our Las Vegas, NV field station. Members will be assigned crews and will serve on a variety of projects in Southern Nevada. The NCC will not provide housing nor sign leases, but can assist with identifying housing options. The locations of service will depend on which projects you are assigned to during your term of service.
* 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 with 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 duties at the 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 attend an orientation week, beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014, where they will receive background information regarding AmeriCorps national service and the Nevada Conservation Corps prior to joining their team in the field. Orientation consists both of classroom time and hands-on learning in outdoors settings. Crew members are trained in technical skills related to service projects, Leave No Trace ethics, and CPR/First Aid. Six-month NCC members will have the option to join leadership development training sessions outside of normal service hours
Qualifications: To qualify, you must be over 17 years of age and a US citizen or permanent legal resident 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).