Staff Crew Lead - Nevada Conservation Corps

The Great Basin Institute

Las Vegas, Nevada

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Bi-Weekly Salary $1,680 - $2,080
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:Las Vegas, NV Field Station Dates of Operation
Start: January 2nd, 2024
End: May 10th, 2024

Reno, NV Field Station Dates of Operation
Start: May 20th, 2024
End: Several options available depending on length of employment term.

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 from Las Vegas to Reno after completing the fall season on May 10th, 2024

Compensation and Benefits:• Bi-weekly Salary $1,680 - $2,080 depending on experience

  • Per Diem - $15 per field day
  • Paid leave personal leave and holidays
  • $100 per week housing 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

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)

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)


When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Restoration
Tags Trail Maintenance, GIS