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We have several different programs.

Nevada Conservation Corps harnesses the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of Nevada public lands and communities, through habitat restoration, invasive species control, trail building, and community conservation events.

Research Associates provide technical assistance, research, analysis and data to support the conservation and management of natural and cultural resource in the West.

AmeriCorps Intern program provides students, recent graduates, and those entering the workforce with opportunities to strengthen communities through various projects, all the while nurturing the spirit of volunteerism and public service.

Galena Creek Visitor Center encourages the understanding, appreciation, and appropriate use of the natural and cultural resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose-Lake Tahoe Scenic Byway. The visitor center also runs an environmental summer camp.

Basin and Range Forestry promotes fire-safe communities, healthy forests and protected watersheds by providing integrated forestry services on public lands.


Apply on our website, select the position you have interest in, to view requirements, compensation, and dates.

  • Backcountry Trail Technician (Granite Chief Wilderness)

    Nevada Conservation Corps
    Reno and Granite Cheif Wilderness
    $440.00 / week

    On the Tevis Cup Trail (TCT) in Granite Chief Wilderness (GCW), there are identified problematic trail alignment concerns including soil erosion and user safety. The  TCT crosses through a series of sensitive sub-alpine riparian zones where the trail presents heavy soil erosion and concentrated runoff. The TCT in GCW is used as a competitive event route for both the Western States Endurance Run and the Western States Endurance Ride (separate 100 mile run and equestrian events) that occur in the spring and summer. TCT alignment travels through a series of alpine wetland “bogs” that are eroding. Project will consist of a trail reroute trails involving two steps constructing the trail alignment, mostly above tree line; and (2) diverting users to the newly aligned trail segment and discouraging use of the decommissioned route.

    The Service Experience: 

    • Backcountry Trail Crew 14 wk. season - 4 on (Mon-Thurs) 3 off (Fri-Sun) schedule (June 20th – September 30th)
    • Total personnel count from NCC to be 20-30 persons 
    • USFS is providing a Camp Cook for the duration of the project 
    • Crews will be provided with food/meals while they are staying at camp (including weekends)
    • Start for Granite Chief Wilderness - 6/27/2022 - crews hike in - would be start of the 14-week season
    • Personal gear may need to be packed in “on your own back” 
    • General hike to work between 1.5 - 3 miles one way while camped at Little Needle Lake Base Camp
    • Vaccination will be required by USFS for all partners/contractors, this includes all NCC and AmeriCorps Training and Field Experience:
    • First Aid and CPR certification
    • Leave No Trace (LNT) training
    • Trail construction and maintenance training for trail crews
    • USFS A-Feller certification for forestry crews

    Essential Duties:

    • Building and maintaining trails, restoring and improving wildlife habitat, and reducing hazardous fuels in our forests and public lands;
    • Camping up to seven nights in wilderness setting without formal restroom facilities or running water;
    • Making a commitment of national service to our landscapes and communities;
    • 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;
    • 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;
    • Lifting 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally.
  • Staff Crew Leader ( Spring, Summer and or Fall) - Nevada Conservation Corps

    Nevada Conservation Corps
    Reno
    $15.00 / hour

    Challenge yourself as a leader of a 5-person crew while conducting critical conservation work in some of the Southwest’s most beautiful areas. Serve from the mountains of Nevada to the vast landscapes of the Great Basin and Mohave Deserts. The NCC is looking for experienced Crew Leaders to tackle day-to-day responsibilities of crew life.

    You will lead four AmeriCorps Crew Members 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 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.

    Different than any other professional experience you could imagine, being a Crew Leader with the NCC is a full-time commitment where you will always be a resource to the members, both while on service project sites or back at camp after a long day. Preparing for and leading a crew requires unwavering dedication, and a willingness to put the needs of others first.  The successful applicant will demonstrate dependability, excellent judgment, and high standards. We are looking for an individual who will lead by example and be a role model for the members who join our program. Though this position is challenging, the rewards are abundant; and the bonds forged with your peers, and with the outdoors will last a lifetime.

    The ideal candidate will enjoy working outdoors in challenging conditions, have prior experience camping, and share the belief that everyone should feel safe and included in the conservation community. They will also share the mission to be a part of an affirming crew culture with members of diverse identities, experiences, and backgrounds.

    Projects for this upcoming Fall and Winter seasons include mostly trail maintenance, forestry work, road/trail signage installation, burned area restoration and erosion control, native species plantings, seed collections, invasive species removal, fencing projects, desert cleanups, and plant nursery work.

     

     

     

     

     

    Essential Duties:

    • Exemplify strong work ethic, professionalism, and sound judgment
    • Lead young adults on a variety of challenging conservation projects
    • Understand and abide by all NCC policies and procedures; ensure all safety protocols followed
    • Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times; be able to boost crew morale
    • Effectively communicate with NCC staff, partnering agencies, peers, and crew members
    • Coordinate project logistics with agency partners, Crew Coordinator, and peers
    • Work alongside members to complete project goals
    • Provide clear and consistent feedback to crew members
    • Teach, instruct and support members in trail building, and other project/NCC specific tasks
    • Engage members in an active crew life
    • Facilitate weekly crew meetings and debriefs
    • Transport crew and equipment safely in NCC trucks
    • Manage and maintain crew gear, tools and other various NCC/agency equipment
    • Complete weekly reporting of accomplishments
    • Uphold NCC and AmeriCorps standards of work production and quality
    • Support and manage crew meal planning
  • Trail Operations Technician (Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association)

    Nevada Conservation Corps
    South Lake Tahoe
    $18.00 / hour

    Summary:
    The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), is seeking a Trail Operations Technician (4-6 positions) for 28 weeks to assist TAMBA in trail construction, maintenance and management programs in the Lake Tahoe Area. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic individual with a degree and/or background in Recreation Management, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in recreation, trail and natural resource management.

    Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Project Background and Objectives:
    The objective of this position is to provide support for Trail Operations programs for the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA). TAMBA is a non-profit, volunteer-driven conservation organization with a small staff and is dedicated to the stewardship of sustainable, multiple-use trails and to preserving access for mountain bikers through advocacy, education and promotion of responsible trail use.

    The Trail Operations Technicians will gain job skills related to the management of trails, non-profit conservation organizations and recreation and natural resources by working on a variety of projects in partnership with volunteers and under the supervision of TAMBA’s Trails Director. The incumbent will develop skills and proficiencies related to trail management, maintenance and construction including use of hand tools, power tools, chainsaws, winches, remote-sensing equipment, and GIS, depending on interest and background. The incumbent will work with TAMBA staff and volunteers but will not be a Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association employee.

    This position will include diverse responsibilities depending on the incumbent’s interest and background, but will
    primarily focus on TAMBA’s 2022 trail maintenance and construction projects, coordinating and assisting TAMBA
    volunteer Crew Leaders in on-trail field work to improve and expand the Tahoe Area trails that TAMBA helps manage
    and maintain. TAMBA holds a variety of public volunteer work days throughout the summer field season in addition to
    doing general maintenance and construction activities. The incumbent will assist in the coordination and execution of
    these work events. In addition, the technician will work closely with the Trails Director and volunteer TAMBA Crew
    Leaders to collect trail assessment data, develop work plans, construct routine maintenance as issues come up, gather
    and manage trail accomplishments, and produce reports and other materials to meet trail management objectives.
    TAMBA will provide supervision, project specific training, personal protective equipment, tools and other safety items
    required during the term.

  • Ecological Monitoring Soil and Vegetation Field Technician (Reno, NV)

    Assessment Inventory Monitoring
    Reno
    $2,990.00 / month

    The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service through 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. 

    The Ecological Monitoring Program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. This Program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation and management of natural, cultural, and recreation resources in the Intermountain West while providing emerging professionals opportunities to begin or enhance their careers. 

    GBI’s Ecological Monitoring Program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management. Extensive training and technical field skills development provides employees a unique opportunity to obtain valuable experience in executing monitoring protocols that will increase their employment success.  

    In one component of the Program, participants implement the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy for terrestrial systems, targeted at collecting standardized ecological information and long-term vegetation data at multiple scales across western BLM districts. In some instances participants may perform supplemental protocols such as Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) (to inform conservation approaches for sage-grouse). Supplemental sampling may also include collecting data on forb diversity, annual production and pollinators, among other indicators. 

    Description:
    GBI is recruiting Ecological Monitoring Soils and Vegetation Field Technicians to work with GBI and BLM staff. Each Field Tech will work with one other technician under the supervision of a Field Lead to characterize vegetation using the terrestrial AIM core methods. In some instances, Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), and/or other supplemental protocols will be performed, for which training will be provided. Aside from core AIM sampling, any supplemental protocols implemented will vary by location.

    Duties include following established field protocols to perform vegetation sampling and field data collection at new and existing sampling plots. Data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform decisions regarding land management at various temporal and spatial scales. During field work, car camping for 7 night “hitches” in remote locations will typically be required.

    Depending on performance and completion of work term this position can qualify for Public Lands Corps (PLC) status given that the applicant is 30 years old or younger at the time of GBI employment. This certificate allows for non-competitive status for future federal job applications and will last two years from the end of GBI employment.

    Field work will include:
    •  Maintaining safety awareness and practices; 
    •  Extensive 4x4 driving on unmaintained roads;
    •  Navigating off-trail to sampling sites; 
    •  Establishing sampling plots and transects; 
    •  Identifying and describing soil horizons to help verify ecological site descriptions (ESDs);
    •  Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb diversity, species abundance, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights); 
    •  Taking photo-points.

    Additional duties include:
    •  Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff;
    •  Participation in GBI and agency trainings;
    •  Entering data into both Field Maps and Survey 123 software;
    •  Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys; and
    •  Employing extensive QA/QC data checks.

    Locations and timelines listed below are tentative, some with potential for extension. Crews will be based out of either the Las Vegas or Reno GBI Offices but work in the following BLM Field Office (FO’s) areas:

    California:

    Northern California Project:
    • Redding, Applegate and Eagle Lake Field Offices
    • April 11th - September 30th
    • 3-person soils and vegetation monitoring crew
    Bishop Project:
    • Bishop Field Office
    • April 11th - September 2nd
    • 3-person soils and vegetation monitoring crew

    Nevada:

    Nevada Statewide Project:
    • Battle Mountain, Carson City, Elko, and Winnemucca District Offices
    • April 11th -August 12th
    • 3-person soils and vegetation monitoring crew

    Elko ESR Project:
    • Elko District Office
    • April 11th -July 22nd
    • 3-person vegetation monitoring crew with ~33% of points requiring soil sampling

    Winnemucca ESR Project:
    • Winnemucca District Office
    • April 11th-August 5th
    • 3-person vegetation monitoring crew with ~33% of points requiring soil sampling

     

    •  Experience, education, or a combination of both in botany and/or range management to meet the following(Crew Leads should have education and        experience with plants identification):

    •  Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, or rangeland ecology or other natural resources.
    •  At least 9 semester hours in plant or biological sciences.

    AND/OR

    • Bachelor’s degree in plant or soil science or similar with at least 9 semester hours in soils or a minimum of 1 year of  field data collection describing soils. Any of the 4 certifications from the Soil Science Society of America may substitute for education or experience. 
     

    *Some Projects require a relevant Bachelor’s Degree. 

     

    Technical requirements:
    •  Experience identifying plants in the field and using a dichotomous key; 
    •  Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, including standard rangeland monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
    •  Experience in describing and identifying soil horizons; familiarity with NRCS soils databases and Ecological Site Descriptions concepts preferred; 
    •  Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols, photo plots, and site observations;
    •  Experience with data entry and management;
    •  Experience with technical writing and/or producing written project summary reports;
    •  Ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps;
    •  Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads;
    •  Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units;
    •  Experience creating maps and performing basic functions with GIS software (ArcMap); 
    •  Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access); and 
    •  Experience with Field Maps, Survey 123, and ArcGIS Online.
     
    Additional requirements:
    •  Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic setting, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the AIM program and the mission of GBI;
    •  Willingness to mentor and foster professional development for members of your crew;
    •  Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
    •  Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues preferred;
    •  Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
    •  Ability to work independently;
    •  Ability to communicate effectively with team members, agency staff, and a diverse public;
    •  Ability to accurately complete administrative tasks on time i.e. timesheet, paperwork, etc;
    •  Excellent organizational skills;
    •  Familiarity with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles;
    •  Experience in and willingness to spend up to seven consecutive nights camping with no amenities in remote locations;
    •  Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights); and
    •  Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition.
     

    Please indicate your availability and location/project preferences in your cover letter when applying. Application review will continue until all positions are filled. We encourage applying early to gain the best chance of getting top-choice locations. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. 

  • Biological Science Technician

    Research Associate
    Reno, Las Vegas, and Elko
    $420.00 / week

    Invasive plants have been identified as a major threat to the biological diversity and ecological integrity in and near the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF). Invasive plants displace native plants; reduce habitat and forage for wildlife and livestock; diminish populations of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species; alter soil properties and productivity; change the intensity and frequency of wildfires; and impact recreation opportunities.

    The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting ten AmeriCorps Biological Science Technicians to participate in invasive non-native plant treatment, monitoring, and management projects for the forest's statewide noxious weed control program. The primary focus of this position will be the mechanical and chemical treatment of invasive and noxious weeds. Most of this work is conducted using backpack sprayers, UTV’s, and large 4WD spray vehicles traveling on remote 4WD roads. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be supplied by the Forest Service and utilized by Technicians at all times. A tablet with ArcCollector, Avenza Maps, and EDDMapS Pro, as well as a Garmin InReach device, will be used to record plant populations. 

    Primary duties:
    - Treat invasive plant infestations (Treatments primarily involve using herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling and/or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standardized control methods);
    - Identify non-native plant species using various field guides and survey methods for target plants;
    - Collect data on infestation location and status;
    - Accurately and legibly record data related to invasive plant treatments according to specific protocols; and
    - Perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications.

     

    Additional Experience Opportunities:

    - Participating in range and ecology vegetation surveying.

    - Assistance with federal resume building and navigating USAjobs.

    Although a small portion of time may be dedicated to data entry and other office tasks, this is primarily a field-based position which requires physical labor and daily hiking. Technicians will often navigate using global positioning systems, topographic maps, and/or compass to remote locations in rugged terrain under possible adverse weather conditions. 

    A training session including plant identification, herbicide safety, use of tablets and associated software, UTV operation, trailer towing, and first aid will be provided at the beginning of the field season. 

    Great Basin Institute, founded at the University of Nevada Reno in 1998, is a mission-driven non-profit organization headquartered in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. GBI has been a leader in the conservation stewardship field for over two decades, supporting thousands of individuals each pursuing a career in public land management or advancing their academic standing. Partnering with federal, state and local governments, as well as other NGOs and researchers, GBI supports projects in eleven western states ranging from Alaska to New Mexico, and southern California to northwestern Wyoming.

    Technical requirements:

    - Knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification - prior experience with invasive plant management preferred;

    - Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods, and ability to pass Nevada State Applicator exam (training and study time will be provided prior to the exam);

    - Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units or tablets for navigation and/or data collections preferred, along with basic computer skills;

    - Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;

    - Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountainous forest roads, preferred;

    - Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles such as Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) desirable; and

    - Experience with towing and backing-up a trailer, desirable.

     

    Additional requirements:

    - Ability to self-direct and self-motivate;

    - Possess good organizational skills;

    - Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain;

    - Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices;

    - Communicate effectively with a diverse public;

    - Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and

    - The successful applicant(s) must complete the following background checks: (1) AmeriCorps Criminal History Check (state and federal), (2) National Sex Offender registry check, and (3) USDA Forest Service background investigation.

  • California Condor Monitoring Technicians- California

    Research Associate
    $1,767.00 / month

    The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex based in Ventura, CA to support the California Condor Recovery Program. Two (2) Monitoring Technicians will be selected to serve as AmeriCorps members to assist in management of the free flying population of California Condors in southern California. This is a 6-month commitment during which the technicians will receive a  living allowance while serving on and around one of two wildlife refuges central to condor activity in Southern CA.

    This position focuses on management of the free flying population of California Condors in Southern California. Selected applicants will track this population throughout its range using radio telemetry and by ground-truthing GPS transmitter data. Technicians will observe condor behavior at feeding sites, roosts and nests. Field work requires the ability to work independently and as a team; work and sometimes camp in remote areas during inclement weather or harsh environmental conditions; travel via UTV, 4WD vehicle, or by foot, in steep mountainous terrain; carry 50lb carcasses to feeding sites; keep detailed field notes; follow data collection protocols for the collection and entry of accurate and consistent data; and assist in routine office work.

    Requirements: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, wildlife management, or related field) or coursework and related experience;
    • Previous experience following protocols for field sampling and data collection and related experience in data entry, collection and management
    • Understanding of issues related to threatened and endangered species, and familiarity with the ecology of the study region preferred
    • Previous experience in using radio telemetry to locate free-ranging animals preferred;
    • Experience in the use of GPS units for navigation and collecting spatial data
    • Possess strong organizational skills
    • Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain while carrying a pack sometimes exceeding 50 lbs.
    • Comfortable handling animal carcasses
    • Willingness and ability to camp at primitive sites for several consecutive nights
    • Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices
    • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record
    • Experience safely operating 4WD vehicles and UTVs
    • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) Adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) Will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

    Location: 

    USFWS Ventura, California
    AmeriCorps members will be stationed and will have housing available during work hitch at:
    BitterCreek National Wildlife Refuge Maricopa, CA
    Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Ventura County, CA
     

    Compensation and Benefits: 

    Living allowance: ~$10,604.00 (allocated biweekly)
    Education Award*: $3,172.50
    USFWS housing provided during 10-day service period
    Affordable Care Act compliant health benefits provided

    *AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.

    Living Allowance and Education Award: Crew Members in these AmeriCorps positions will receive a living allowance, the value of which is dependent on the length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, members become eligible for an education award (the amount is dependent on the length of service) that can be used for paying student loans, paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college, as well as additional certifications such as NOLS courses.

    Health Insurance: The Great Basin Institute will cover 100% of the premium for Health, Dental and Vision Insurance for each member.

    Student Loan Forbearance: If you are currently paying on any federal student loans, you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, allowing you to cease payments while in service.

    Interest Accrual Repayment: As an AmeriCorps alumnus, you will be eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible for this service, the loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.

    Timeline: 

    6-month appointment beginning early March 2022, or upon availability

  • California Condor Monitoring Technician (Peregrine Fund)

    Research Associate
    $866.00 / month

    The Great Basin Institute is working cooperatively with The Peregrine Fund’s California Condor Reintroduction Program based in Vermilion Cliffs, AZ to support the greater California Condor Recovery Program. One (1) Monitoring Technician will be selected to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer to assist in management of the free flying population of California Condors in northern Arizona and southern Utah. This is a 6-month commitment, with the potential of an additional 6 months if both parties should agree to continue the relationship, during which volunteer member will work in the Grand Canyon ecoregion.

    This volunteer opportunity focuses on management of the free flying population of California Condors in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Selected applicant will track this population throughout its range using radio telemetry and by ground-truthing GPS transmitter data. The volunteer will observe condor behavior at feeding sites, roosts and nests. Field work requires the ability to work independently and as a team; work and sometimes camp in remote areas during inclement weather or harsh environmental conditions; travel via ATV, 4WD vehicle, or by foot, in steep mountainous terrain; carry 50 lb carcasses to feeding sites; keep detailed field notes; follow data collection protocols for the collection and entry of accurate and consistent data; and assist in routine office work. 

    Requirements: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, wildlife management, or related field) or coursework and related experience;
    • Previous experience following protocols for field sampling and data collection and related experience in data entry, collection and management;
    • Understanding of issues related to threatened and endangered species, and familiarity with the ecology of the study region preferred;
    • Previous experience in using radio telemetry to locate free-ranging animals preferred;
    • Experience in the use of GPS units for navigation and collecting spatial data;
    • Possess strong organizational skills;
    • Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain while carrying a pack sometimes exceeding 50 lbs.;
    • Willingness and ability to camp at primitive sites for several consecutive nights;
    • Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices;
    • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; 
    • Experience safely operating 4WD vehicles and ATVs; and
    • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) Adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) Will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

    Location: 

    The Peregrine Fund’s field headquarters for the Condor Reintroduction Program is located in the small town of Vermilion Cliffs, AZ, located two hours north of Flagstaff, 30 miles south from the Utah border and a 45 minute drive from Page, AZ, where the nearest grocery store is located. Vermilion Cliffs is considered to be high desert at 4,000 ft elevation and boasts incredible scenery as well as variety of weather conditions spanning heat in excess of 100 degrees and winters with below freezing temperatures.

    Compensation and Benefits: 

    $5,200 Living Stipend
    Education Award*: $3,172.50
    The Peregrine Fund-provided housing
    Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service

    *AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student loans. Loan forbearance and accrued interest payment on qualifying student loans is also available.

    Timeline: 

    One 6-month appointments beginning early March, or upon availability

  • Native Seed Technician (NV)

    Research Associate
    Reno
    $540.00 / week

    The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Reno US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) office and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, is recruiting four (4) Native Seed Technicians to conduct seed collecting and ecological restoration activities throughout the Great Basin on Department of Interior (DOI) and Forest Service (USFS) lands.

    Primary Responsibilities: 
    • Scouting and identifying populations of target native plant species suitable for collection;
    • GPS mapping populations of plants, disturbance areas, and other features using tablets, handheld devices, ArcGIS Online, ArcPro/Map, and ESRI apps;
    • Monitoring the phenology of plant populations to identify optimal seed collection times;
    • In accordance with the Seeds of Success (SOS) Technical Protocol, collecting seed from plant populations for both operational and conservation collections;
    • Completing paper and digital data forms;
    • Processing and shipping seed following standard industry procedure; 
    • Taking herbarium vouchers, and processing and shipping as necessary;
    • Collecting tissue samples for genetic analysis and processing and shipping; 
    • Recording data electronically and on paper data forms, entering and editing data related to restoration activities;
    • Photographing collection sites and plants;
    • Maintenance and regular inventory of field gear;
    • Daily and monthly vehicle checks;
    • Driving a truck up to 5 hours a day;
    • Traveling in a truck up to ten hours a day;
    • Assisting with the coordination of conservation crew work;
    • Assisting with the coordination of volunteer seed collection and restoration events;
    • Rare plant surveys and support;
    • Providing support for arid land restoration projects;
    • Monitoring and maintenance of reciprocal transplant study plots; 
    • Reporting accomplishments and providing recommendations for program improvements, priorities, and future projects; and
    • Participating in trainings provided by GBI, US Fish & Wildlife, and USFS staff and community partners.

    Physical Demands:  
    Field work involves driving GBI, FWS, or Forest Service trucks on both highways and 4WD roads, often for 100+ miles per day as well as hiking off designated trails or routes, across rugged terrain, up to 5 miles per day, but more typically 0-1 mile per day. Seed collection requires regular stooping, standing and maneuvering on uneven terrain for many hours a day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds and precipitation in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. The use of global positioning systems (handheld GPS units), computers, tablets, digital cameras, and on- and off-road vehicles are an essential part of the job. Camping under primitive conditions at remote locations on data collection trips will regularly be required. Schedules are often determined by plant phenology.  


    Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer during periods of data entry and analysis.

    • Lift up to 50-70 pounds of material or equipment
    • Bend, lift, pull, and push
    • Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time 
    • Drive for many hours a day on highways and 4WD roads.
    • Handle plant material for many hours a day. 
    • Walk and stand for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment
    • Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season)
    • Occasionally work 10+ hour days
    • Travel and camp overnight & up to 8 days at a time for project work

    Technical requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with coursework and field experience related to biology, botany, ecology, plant science, or related field;
    • Experience identifying plants using taxonomic keys or familiarity with plants of the Great Basin;
    • Experience using hand-held GPS equipment for data collection and navigation;
    • Ability to read and navigate using topographic maps and a compass;
    • Familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road; 
    • Experience operating All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) on difficult terrain, helpful; and
    • Understanding and/or experience using ArcGIS Pro 2.0 software, and ESRI apps like Field Maps and Survey 123, helpful.

    Additional requirements: 
    • Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team;
    • Willingness to camp in remote, undeveloped sites for multiple days, up to 8 days; 
    • Ability to bend and stoop for long periods of time while collecting seed, and to use hand tools, and occasionally lift buckets of water and other heavy loads;
    • Ability to work a non-standard schedule, such as beginning at 5 am, to avoid heat-related issues, to follow plant phenology, or for coordination with team members.  
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work as part of a tight knit team (Most often crews will be two people, which requires technicians to co-lead, take initiative, and behave in a manner that promotes team integrity.);
    • Ability to work independently or in pairs with little supervision, strong initiative and high attention to detail;
    • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; and
    • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

    Location: 

    Multiple positions are available in Nevada. Please indicate your availability and preferred locations/positions when applying. We encourage applying early in order to gain the best chance at getting your top-choice locations.

    USFS Location: Reno, NV (working primarily in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and adjacent BLM lands)

    FWS Location: Reno, NV (working primarily in Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and Winnemucca BLM district)

    The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is home to approximately 500,000 people and offers year-round recreation opportunities, a vibrant urban scene and numerous community events. Reno has over 300 days of sunshine and four distinct seasons. Located on the northwestern edge of Nevada, Reno is a great home base from which to travel to the Great Basin, Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada range, San Francisco and more!

    The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's spectacular 6.3 million acres makes it the largest national forest in the lower 48 states. Located in Nevada and a small portion of eastern California, The Forest’s landscapes range from towering snow-capped peaks to wide-open sage steppe. Elevation varies from a low of 4,100 feet to a high of 12,374 feet, providing a great diversity of habitats. The vegetation changes from wide open desert with cactus and scrub to ponderosa pine forests, which in turn give way to spruce and aspen then lodgepole pine and alpine tundra.

    The Reno U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office’s mission is to conserve the natural biological diversity of the Great Basin, eastern Sierra of Nevada, and adjacent portions of eastern California. The Reno Fish and Wildlife Office works closely with many partners to conserve and recover native species throughout these states.

    Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge protects more than half a million acres of high desert habitat for large wintering herds of pronghorn antelope, scattered bands of bighorn sheep, and a rich assortment of other wildlife, and is one of the few intact sagebrush steppe ecosystems in the Great Basin. The landscape is vast, rugged, and punctuated with waterfalls, narrow gorges, and lush springs among rolling hills and expansive tablelands of sagebrush and mountain mahogany.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers 47.5 million acres of public land in Nevada alone. Crews will rove between multiple locations across the BLM districts of the Great Basin. The area is home to historic mining and ranching that conjure up images of the Wild West. The Great Basin's mountain ranges and wide open valleys are home to wildlife, livestock and wild horses and burros.

    Compensation and Benefits:

    • Total Living Allowance: $14,100 (Approximately $1,080 biweekly before taxes)
    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,172.50 (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.)
    • Camping Per Diem: $34/day (when applicable)
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost

    Contract Timeline: 

    • 26-week appointment beginning April 2022
    • Full time (40 hours/week)

  • Interpretive Media (Inventory and Mapping) Technicians at Zion National Park

    Americorps Program
    $15,075.00 / season

    Description:

    The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with National Park Service (Zion National Park), is recruiting 2 Interpretive Media Technicians to participate in park Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services, Natural Resources, and Maintenance staff with multiple projects. During this six-month appointment, the Interpretive Media Technicians will support Zion National Park by mapping and inventory of interpretive media, all wayside and bulletin boards (NPS and partners) located throughout the park and within the gateway communities. This data collection is necessary for the Facility Management Software System (FMSS) in order to maintain these resources.  In collaboration with the park maintenance staff and visual information specialist provide maintenance for waysides and bulletin boards. The technicians will support the National Park Service in providing data to properly update FMMS and inventory and map all of the interpretive media at Zion National Park.

    The FMSS serves as a tracking tool that provides accountability for the Asset management Program (AMP). The technicians will additionally understand the mission of the National Park Service, and the role facilities roads and trails, GIS, and visual information plan in maintaining the visitor experience. This project will provide the technicians with hands-on experience supporting facilities and interpretive media (IM) projects at Zion National Park.

    The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. GBI’s Research Associate Program provides multidisciplinary capacity for professional support of diverse partnerships across western states while presenting emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. The Technicians will gain exposure to policies and approaches for managing interpretive media on public lands.

    Timeline:

    • 26-week appointment beginning March 1st, 2022, to August 31, 2022 (or upon availability)
    • Full time (minimum 40 hours/week)
    • Weekend hours may be required

    Location:

    Zion National Park is a unique geological, natural, and cultural treasure in southwestern Utah. Opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, and camping abound. Humans have occupied this area for approximately 10,000 years and archaeological sites occur throughout the park. Work will be based out of park offices in Springdale, UT.

    Compensation and Benefits: 

    • Total Living Allowance: up to $15,075.00 (Approximately $1,159.62 biweekly before taxes)
    • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $3,172.50 (Upon successful completion, the award may be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans and Title IV accredited college tuition.)
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost
    • Paid leave and holidays

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in geography, outdoor recreation, geology, education or other related coursework and commensurate field experience, desired but not required;
    • At least 6 months experience using GPS equipment in the field without assistance;
    • At least 6 months experience processing GPS data using GIS software;
    • Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented and capable of working with little direct supervision to execute a work plan that involves backcountry travel;
    • Demonstrated competence identifying problems and proposing solutions to solve them;
    • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
    • Ability to communicate effectively with the public. Self-motivated with ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in a diverse team environment;
    • Ability to work a variable schedule (including weekends) that may change with little notice;
    • Ability to stand, walk, bend, lift and move heavy materials on a routine basis;
    • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; this includes high heat, elevation changes, and ability to travel safely in the backcountry/remote worksites.
    • Possess a valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license;
    • Ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on- or off-road if required;
    • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

    The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning this position.

    As part of Great Basin Institute’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy, all employees are required to receive and provide proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first day of employment, unless a medical or religious exemption is submitted and approved. All employees covered by this policy are required to be fully vaccinated as a term and condition of employment at Great Basin Institute. Employees are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine, with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses.

    To review a copy of GBI’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, please visit our Field Updates page for more details. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact one of our staff members.

    How to Apply:

    Please visit our employment web page to apply directly through our online portal:

    https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/careers.aspx?rf=CW&req=2022-ACI-012

    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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