NCC Staff Crew Lead

The Great Basin Institute

Reno, Nevada

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details Bi-weekly Salary range $1,680 - $2,080 ($21.00 - $26.00 hourly equivalent) depending on experience
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field studies organization dedicated to promoting environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a program within the GBI, launched in 1999 with the goal of harnessing the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of our public lands and communities through habitat restoration, invasive species control, forestry, trail building, and community conservation events. With our AmeriCorps grant we have been able to provide that experience to thousands of members, NCC provides valuable training and workforce development opportunities for staff and corps members who seek careers in natural resource management.

The NCC is seeking Staff Crew Leaders to lead Conservation Crews on projects on public lands in some of Nevada and California’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. Work will address critical conservation needs with project partners at the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among many other local, county, state, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Essential functions and duties will include:

  • Lead field crews and manage logistics during training and while working on conservation projects
  • Accurately collect data and prepare for submission to agency partners
  • Responsible for the safety of crew and general public
  • Ensure projects are complete to the highest standards

Contract Timeline:

Reno, NV Field Station
Start: June 17th, 2024
End: Multiple Options


This position is based out of Great Basin Institute's Reno and Las Vegas NV field stations. Crews will travel throughout the region to complete projects from their assigned field station. Generally leaders are assigned to one field station for the duration of the field season. However, leaders do have the opportunity to move between Reno and Las Vegas depending on season.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Bi-weekly Salary range $1,680 - $2,080 ($21.00 - $26.00 hourly equivalent) depending on experience
  • Per Diem - $15 per field day
  • Paid personal leave
  • $100 per week housing allowance
  • $16.15 bi-weekly for phone allowance
  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance paid 100% by GBI, eligible to enroll first day of month following first day of employment
  • Professional development and technical training opportunities

Job Qualifications:

  • Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service
  • A willingness and desire to lead and facilitate team building
  • Experience working within a Conservation or Youth Corps or equivalent experience preferred
  • Holds B Faller/FAL2 qualification or has the knowledge, skills and abilities to receive B Faller qualification upon hire preferred
  • Previous experience constructing recreational trails preferred
  • 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 
  • Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members
  • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written formats 
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with corps members, partner agency staff, and the general public
  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive workplace culture and camp life experience
  • Ability to meet physical demand of the position, including: hike up to 10 miles a day with heavy backpacks, carry 25 pounds continuously and 50 pounds occasionally  
  • Ability to camp up to seven consecutive nights in primitive locations, in adverse weather conditions  
  • Ability to effectively operate machinery and tools while following production and quality standards set by the Nevada Conservation Corps
  • Current Driver License with clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles) 
  • Follow strict safety protocol and maintain personal safety of self and others
  • Must pass a Criminal History Background Check (includes National Sex Offender Public Registry name search and FBI fingerprint check)


Optional Training & Education we will provide include: 

  • Defensive Driving Certification
  • Off-Road Driving Class
  • Native Plant Identification
  • Invasive Plant Identification
  •  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The overall nature of the position is sedentary, requiring little physical effort and occasional light exertion. There is occasional exposure to environmental conditions such as heat, cold, and temperature changes.

Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a Program of The Great Basin Institute: 

Established in 1999 as a federally-funded AmeriCorps program, NCC is a vital component of the Great Basin Institute's efforts in conservation. This 21st-century service corps harnesses the enthusiasm and dedication of youth and volunteers for resource management, focusing on land restoration and conservation internships. NCC offers extensive professional development opportunities for those seeking careers in conservation and land management. Celebrating diversity, the NCC assembles members and staff from varied backgrounds to effectively address the needs of Nevada's public lands and communities. It provides a platform for students and emerging professionals to make impactful contributions to the preservation of Nevada’s natural heritage, while also gaining invaluable experience in the field of natural resource management.

The Great Basin Institute (GBI): 

Founded in 1998 at the University of Nevada, the Great Basin Institute is a leading interdisciplinary field studies organization, fostering environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. GBI specializes in applied research to support science-based management of public lands and is fervently committed to the promotion of scientific understanding through its field studies, conservation efforts, and public outreach. GBI is home to numerous influential programs, including the Nevada Conservation Corps, International Conservation Volunteer Exchange, Research Associate Program, Cultural Resource Program, Basin & Range Forestry, NEPA Services, Ecological Monitoring Program, and oversees visitor centers at Taylor Creek, Galena Creek, and the Tallac Historic Site, thereby expanding its reach and impact in safeguarding the region's natural and cultural heritage.

Disclaimer: Although the Company has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, the Company reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add to or subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of the Company, at any time, with or without advance notice.

EEO Statement

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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Category General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags Trail Maintenance, GIS