NCC Trails Technician

The Great Basin Institute

Reno, Nevada

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $21.00/Hr
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Great Basin Institute (GBI) and the Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC) are seeking 3 trail technicians focusing on trail construction, maintenance, and management. Ideal candidates will have a background in Recreation Management, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, or similar fields. Located in Lassen National Forest, this role offers a unique opportunity for individuals eager to advance their careers in recreation and natural resource management, combining hands-on experience with environmental conservation and community engagement in a stunning natural setting. It's a perfect chance to contribute to sustainable recreation in one of the West's most beautiful landscapes.

Contract Timeline:

Start: May/June 2024
End: October 2024


Location: Reno, NV. Field Station

Compensation and Benefits:

The compensation rate is $21.00 hourly, includes housing, and a per diem allowance of $15.00 per field day.

In addition to a competitive base salary, this position includes comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental, vision), mental health support resources, and Personal Paid Leave. This exciting role contributes to GBI’s significant positive impacts within the fields of environmental research, education, and conservation.

Job Qualifications:

Seeking candidates with relevant experience in outdoor recreation management, GIS, conservation, and trail construction. Ideal applicants are resourceful, adaptable, and capable of working effectively with diverse volunteers in various outdoor settings (backcountry and wilderness). Resume and cover letter should highlight specific project experiences in detail.


  • Must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record
  • Undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Effective communication skills with people of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and consistently with staff
  • Experience with trail construction, design and rehabilitation with GBI, a Conservation Corps, or other trail building organization
  • A high fitness level and an interest in camping overnight for backcountry work trips
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group in remote settings
  • Ability to work in large teams in remote settings (up to 15)
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit
  • Willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 40 lbs
  • Able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Applicants are expected to be highly motivated in natural resource and trail management and be willing and able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision
  • Be a US citizen


  • First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certified
  • USFS Chainsaw certified
  • Experience with Grip hoist winches and rigging for trail building
  • Experience with stone work for trail building
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of Leave No Trace principles
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize GPS equipment in the field
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize GIS programs such as ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro
  • Previous employment on a Field Crew for a Conservation Corps, Federal Agency, or other trail building organization

Option Training & Education we will provide:

  • Defensive Driving Certification
  • Off-Road Driving Class
  • 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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, stand, walk, bend, and have specific vision abilities to include close and distance vision, and ability to adjust focus working with computer business equipment and other job/industry specific equipment. Ability to perform heavy physical labor. Must be able to lift up to 80 pounds on occasion and up to 50 to 75 pounds for field-related work. The noise level in the work environment is usually mid level.

The overall nature of the position is both sedentary and active, at times requiring little physical effort and occasional light exertion and at times requiring frequent physical effort and exertion. There is frequent exposure to environmental conditions such as heat, cold, and temperature changes while in the field.

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, Outdoor Recreation, Restoration
Tags Trail Maintenance, GIS