Forestry Program Coordinator

The Great Basin Institute

Reno, Nevada

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Bi-Weekly Salary: Starting at $1,346.93

The Great Basin Institute (GBI), based in Reno, NV, is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy, professional development, and natural/cultural/recreation resource management through educational outreach and direct service programs.

GBI’s Research Associate Program seeks two Forestry Program Coordinators to support program logistics, operations, and management of GBI field personnel in California and Nevada. GBI forestry crews work with USFS specialists on a variety of field-based projects including layout and marking, stand surveys, wildlife and botany surveys, vegetation management, and other resource management initiatives. The Forestry Program Coordinator works with GBI staff to recruit, place and manage forestry crews (leads and technicians), coordinate project logistics and scheduling, perform payroll, expense-report and other administrative duties, as well as to ensure compliance with grant and agency rules and regulations. This office-based position operates in a dynamic, team-based setting.

The Forestry Program Coordinator will encounter a variety of opportunities for professional development, including gaining insight to the operational policies and procedures of a mid-sized environmental non-profit organization, exposure to a spectrum of forestry resource management positions and approaches for supporting them, strengthening interactive skills through communication with diverse professional staff (GBI and USFS), and ability to effectively support the success of a mission-driven enterprise.


  • Coordinate recruitment and logistical planning for new and existing forestry projects/positions by understanding scopes of work, reviewing applications, conducting interviews, procuring equipment, and supporting orientation/training; 
  • Communicate regularly with Research Associates, AmeriCorps members, and agency partners via phone and written correspondence regarding position status, performance, work satisfaction, logistical needs, and administration;
  • Maintain databases for tracking program members, project deliverables, and performance measures;
  • Gather, manage and process data needed to satisfy quarterly and annual reporting requirements;
  • Develop, adapt and apply systems that enhance the success and satisfaction of participants in the program;
  • Collect, review and process GBI administrative forms, including timesheets, expense reports, and time-off requests;
  • Collaborate extensively and assist program staff with program operations, maintenance and expansion;
  • Collaborate with and assist other GBI programs as required;
  • Follow and enforce policies detailed in the GBI Personnel Handbook; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or other related natural science field, with experience that demonstrates an understanding of the principles of forestry and their application;
  • Experience in timber cruising, standard forestry mensuration, survey, and inventory protocols, and/or other field methods for forestry resource management;
  • ​Experience (at least 1 year) with project management, including scheduling, logistics, personnel management, recruitment and retention, and/or training;
  • ​Familiarity and alignment with mission-driven nonprofit organizations strongly preferred;
  • ​Ability to learn new database systems and follow procedural documents (e.g., payroll review procedures);
  • ​Attention to detail, and ability to audit data systems;
  • ​Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Project) to manage, present and track program information;
  • ​Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with diverse audiences;
  • ​Strongly developed organizational skills and ability to self-motivate;
  • ​Willingness to travel occasionally to conduct site visits at service locations principally in CA and NV;
  • ​Willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the RA Program and the mission of GBI;
  • ​Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity with safe-driving practices, preferred; and
  • ​Ability to pass an FBI criminal background and National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) check.

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