Recreation and Restoration Technician

The Great Basin Institute

Reno, Nevada

Job Type AmeriCorps
Salary Details $676.92/week before taxes
Deadline May 06, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Spend a season or more working and camping outside at some of Nevada’s premier natural areas. Serve alongside AmeriCorps volunteers from across the country while making a lasting contribution to Nevada’s natural resources and heritage. Gain valuable field experience while working on habitat improvement, restoration, and recreation projects with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and many other federal and state agencies. Learn firsthand from federal employees and specialists about natural resource and conservation careers.  

Essential Duties:

  • Building and maintaining trails, restoring and improving wildlife habitat, and reducing hazardous fuels in our forests and public lands, which includes herbicide/pesticide, chainsaw, power tool and hand tool usage.  
  • 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;
  • Percentage of time spent on: labor– 70%, traveling– 20%, hiking– 10%;
  • Lifting 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally.

Make sure to check the Nevada Conservation Corps overview page here.
Contract Timeline:Reno, NV Field Station
Start: May 20th, 2024
450 Service Hour Term: 8/16/2024
675 Service Hour Term: 9/27/2024
900 Service Hour Term: 11/15/2024

Start: June 17th, 2024
300 Service Term: 8/16/2024
450 Service Term: 9/13/2024
675 Service Term: 10/25/2024
900 Service Term: 12/20/2024 (Finishing in Las Vegas)
Location: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.

Compensation and Benefits:This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living allowance dependent on their length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary.

  • Living Allowance: $676.92/week before taxes
  • Per Diem: $15/day spent in the field. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $120.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team
  • TOTAL BIWEEKLY ALLOWANCE: $1,473.84 (pre-tax)

***Housing Update: GBI-NCC/AmeriCorps***

GBI is excited to announce that for our AmeriCorps Members, we offer free housing during their service term at no additional cost to members. Housing will be sourced locally in the field station city (i.e. Reno or Las Vegas).

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)

Segal Education Award:
After successfully completing an AmeriCorps term of service members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Award varies based on term of service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

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, that will allow you to cease payments while serving.

Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are 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 to have accrued interest paid: 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.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be available at no cost to members starting the first of the month following the first day of service.

Job Qualifications:

  • Must maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with members, crew leaders, NCC staff, and project partners.
  • Possess the willingness and ability to work and camp up to seven nights in a row, in a wilderness setting, in all weather conditions, without formal restroom facilities or running water.
  • Be able to lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be a US citizen
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards).
  • All position offers are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

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Category Outdoor Recreation , Restoration
Tags Conservation Corps , Trail Maintenance , GIS