The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Caliente Field Office (FO), is recruiting a qualified individual to assist in planning future multipurpose trails and to assist the Trails Project Manager. The Ely District is planning for additional trails and trailheads to keep up with the demand for public recreation trails, which provides opportunities for valuable and varied work experience while providing much needed assistance to this outstanding project. Some training will be provided by BLM along with mentoring in support of the employee’s needs as well as that of the BLM. The ideal candidate will be educated in Recreation Planning or Environmental Planning and may have completed some studies in biological sciences and technical writing. In order to be adequately prepared to participate in recreation trails planning, the employee will preferably be experienced at one or more of the following: mountain bicycling, trail hiking, horseback riding, ATV/motorcycle use, etc.
The ideal applicant would have project management experience or training but would be trained by BLM. We seek a candidate who is organized and efficient, communicates openly and professionally, and is self-motivated. Some travel and training may be required.
1. Assist the BLM in preparing new NEPA documentation such as Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact, and Decision Record for new multipurpose trails using the 2016 EA as guidance. The new trails EA could include trails for mountain bicycling, hiking, equestrian riding, off-highway vehicles, etc. The employee will gain valuable experience through interacting with BLM and the public by:
o Conducting outreach and coordination with local and regional organizations, partners, and groups that represent these user groups.
o Working outside in varying environmental conditions, terrain, and remote locations with current and potential new trails partners to locate new trail possibilities.
o Under close guidance from the trails project manager, conducting NEPA compliance through the creation of an Environmental Assessment, working in a team environment with staff of varying environmental specialties.
o Receiving training in the application of NEPA and the use of E-Planning (internet based NEPA register/document planning/creation platform) (contingent on employee gaining access to BLM DOI Learn online training system).
o Being mentored by BLM NEPA planners and trails project manager.
o Maintaining administrative record of documentation, meeting notes, emails, draft documents, etc.
o Learning about existing laws pertaining to the planning and implementation of public land projects such as National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, as well as the BLM Resource Management Plan (land use planning document) and the subsequent land use plan amendment for Greater Sage Grouse.
o Gaining leadership and project management skills as assistant project manager.
o Occasional support of bird surveys.
2. Support the Trails Project Manager in the implementation of a multi-purpose non-motorized trails project. The employee will gain valuable experience through interacting with BLM and the public by:
o Assisting BLM as needed in project management duties such as basic accounting, reporting accomplishments, coordination with BLM staff and managers, project organization.
o Maintaining clear, orderly, complete records in compliance with BLM, Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act guidelines and requirements.
o Utilizing Microsoft Project Management Software, assist in the creation and maintenance of project timeline complete with key milestones and team assignments (as needed).
o Providing progress reports to GBI supervisor, BLM Technical Advisor (TA) and Field Manager (FM) and notify of any issues, concerns, etc.
o Identifying and reporting project conflicts and providing input to project manager.
o Assisting in tracking budget expenses in labor and operations to predict possible overages in advance of them occurring.
o Being proactive and communicating issues in advance.
o Attending and supporting team meetings and assisting through note-taking and record keeping.
o Performing periodic field checks of work occurring in the field.
o Rate of Pay: $18.50/hour
o Paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision)
o Paid holidays and personal/sick leave
o Option to participate in 401(k) retirement plan
o Bachelor’s degree in recreation resource management/planning, environmental policy/planning/studies, or related field; applicants with an advanced degree are encouraged to apply;
o Experience related to natural resource and/or land management planning, environmental documentation, or other related experience;
o Experience interpreting and/or preparing documents for NEPA, ESA, NHPA, or related environmental policy;
o Project management experience, including ability to conceptualize goals, prioritize objectives, organize approaches, and incorporate efficiencies in completing tasks, preferred;
o Experience in one or more of the following: mountain bicycling, trail hiking, horseback riding, ATV/motorcycle use, etc., preferred;
o Strong technical writing and oral communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse public;
o Experience conducting research and literature reviews, reviewing and drafting technical reports, and document editing;
o Capable of meeting deadlines and producing professional deliverables including draft documents for team reviews;
o Proficiency in use and applications of ArcGIS 10.X;
o Prior experience with the e-Planning application desired;
o Ability and willingness to perform occasional field work; and
o Knowledge and/or experience conducting breeding bird surveys, preferred (not required).
The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning the position.
To apply, and view addition openings, please visit: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2017-RAP-014