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Leadership Development Program Member (Nevada Conservation Corps)

  • Great Basin Institute
  • 02/21/19
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89113
  • Living Stipend / Monthly
  • Full-Time
Spend a season or more working and camping outside at some of Nevadas premiere 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, Nevada Division of Forestry, and many other federal and state agencies. Projects may include trail construction and maintenance, hazardous fuels reduction, and habitat restoration.

Your experience begins with two months as a crew member on a 5-person crew. During your tenure as a crew member you will receive leadership development training, spend extended periods of time camping in the field with fellow crew leader candidates, and take turns acting as the lead on service projects that are meant to prepare you for the challenges of leading a crew. Promotion to Crew Leader is not guaranteed / depends on performance review.

Upon successful completion of the leadership development training program you will be assigned a summer project (based out of Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV; or Great Basin National Park) and will take on the responsibility of leading a team of AmeriCorps volunteers in some of Nevadas 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 managing and 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, intensive commitment where you will always be a resource to the members serving with you both while on service project sites or back at camp after a long day. Both preparing for and leading a crew requires unwavering dedication, and a willingness to put the needs of others first. Successful applicants will demonstrate dependability, excellent judgment, and high standards. We are looking for individuals 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 crew, peers, and with the outdoors will last a lifetime.

Review of applications will take place as they are received. Priority will be given to applications received by December 31, 2017. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an initial phone interview.

Contract Timeline:
This is an AmeriCorps position for a 6 month, 900 hr service term from February 19, 2018 - August 16, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, Nv for first three months
Reno, NV for last three months

Living Allowance:
$9,600 ( approx. $700 paid biweekly before taxes)
Per Diem of $7.25 per day in the field

Education Award:
Upon successful completion of service term, you will receive a Segal Education Award of $2,907.50.

Other Benefits:
-Loan Forbearance
-Interest Accrual Repayments
-Optional Health Insurance
-The opportunity for on-hands training in the field of conservation and the chance to network with professionals from Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

Skills / Education:
You will be certified in First Aid and CPR.
You will be certified in Leave No Trace.
If your assigned project requires you may receive:
USFS S212 Faller A Chainsaw Training
Trail Construction and Maintenance Training

Optional Training / Education we will provide include:
Defensive Driving Certification
Off-Road Driving Class
Resume Building Workshop
Interview Skills Workshop
Native Plant Identification
Invasive Plant Identification
GPS Unit Training
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

General Qualifications:
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

Leadership Qualifications:
Clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles)
Current drivers 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.

Physical Qualifications:
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

AmeriCorps Qualifications:
Ability to commit to an entire term of service with AmeriCorps
Be at least 17 years of age
Be a U.S Citizen or Legal Resident Alien
All position offers are conditional upon successful completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Any criminal convictions must be disclosed during the interview process
Be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (Limit of four unique terms in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards)
Possess High school diploma or GED (or provide proof of intent to complete before using education award)


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