Do you have previous experience leading Conservation Corps Field Crews? Do you have an unwavering dedication and willingness to put the needs of your crew member’s first? If you can demonstrate a wealth of knowledge in the technical skills required to implement conservation projects, have a proven track record leading high functioning field teams, as well as a commitment to being a continual resource to our crew members, then we want you to be an asset to our leadership team.
The Nevada Conservation Corps, a program within the Great Basin Institute, launched in 1999 with the goal of promoting ecological literacy through conservation service. With our AmeriCorps grant we have been able to provide that experience to thousands of members. Eighteen years later we are one of the largest and most successful conservation corps in the West. After completing a term of service with us, you will be joining the ranks of our alumni network that collectively have achieved so much for our public lands and our environment. Many have continued on to work for our federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, National Park System, among many other state, local, county and non-profit agencies.
You will be asked to supervise up to nine AmeriCorps Volunteers while building trail, running chainsaws, or performing other restoration projects on public lands in some of Nevada’s most beautiful locales. You will coordinate with GBI staff, agency partners, and collaborate with peers to see that project goals are accomplished safely and efficiently. Based on your specific project you will be camped in the field with your crew on either 4-day or 8-day “tours” often in primitive and remote locations, and will be responsible for facilitating a healthy and cohesive community within your crew.
NCC projects vary from season to season, and crew to crew. Overall NCC crews have completed everything from invasive species removal, hazardous forest fuels reduction, trail construction, fencing, biological surveys, native species planting, riparian restoration, trash removal, illegal track decommissioning, nursery work, seeding, and herbicide application. These projects are accomplished through cooperative agreements with project partners at the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation among many other local, county, state, private, and nonprofit organizations.
Nevada Conservation Corps is recruiting for Field Supervisors on a rolling basis, and can be somewhat flexible with start and end dates.
Ideally we are looking to start the Field Supervisor on 2/12/18 for training, as the crews will be starting on 2/19/18.
You will be based out of the Las Vegas Field Station or Reno Office depending on project.
Note: Housing and transportation during off days is not provided by the Nevada Conservation Corps and will be your sole responsibility. We highly recommend you have your own personal vehicle with you.
Compensation and Benefits:
Field Supervisors receive a biweekly salary of $1040.
Affordable Care Act Compliant Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for by the Great Basin Institute at no cost to you and will be available upon your first day of employment.
- Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service.
- Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members.
- Participating in in-field education sessions, presentations and crew meetings.
- Participate in Service Day events outside of regular work schedule.
- Clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles)
- Current driver’s license
- A willingness and desire to lead
- Experience working within a Conservation or Youth Corps
- Previous experience camping/backpacking in remote locations.
- Previous experience constructing recreational trails
- Previous experience felling trees using chainsaw and/or crosscut
- Strong critical thinking skills and creativity.
- Possessing the confidence and ability to make decisions quickly and under pressure
- Receptive to feedback from superiors, peers, and subordinates.
- Ability to establish and maintain a positive workplace culture and camp life experience.
- 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, all while in an 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.
About Great Basin Institute
The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. The Institute’s mission is to advance applied science and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships, supporting national parks, forest, open spaces and public lands. GBI provides a wide variety of environmental services to train and develop the next generation of conservationists and resource managers.