Roads Monitoring and Restoration AmeriCorps Intern: Nevada

The Great Basin Institute
Lake Mead (Boulder City), NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Living Allowance: $18,700 (allocated biweekly) and Education Award: $5,775
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
In cooperation with The National Park Service and Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Roads Monitoring and Restoration Intern. The Intern will support roads monitoring and restoration of disturbances within Lake Mead NRA. The Intern will be responsible for assisting our Roads Specialist with reporting and managing conditions along backcountry roads. The Intern will assist with the management of the division’s backcountry road condition reporting system and database and will assess and report off-road activities and disturbances, including road barrier conditions, missing or damaged signs, desert dumping, graffiti, and road conditions. Work will include the use of a GPS unit and camera to document disturbances and restoration actions performed. The Intern will work to restore off-road tracks using hand-tools such as rakes and McLeods; remove graffiti using chemical remover, chisels, and brushes; and install or repair barriers and signs using necessary tools and equipment. For certain backcountry disturbance projects, the Intern may help install plants, watering tubes, or rodent cages. The Intern will be responsible for assisting with backcountry data management including GIS, Access, and photo data. The Intern will also be responsible for helping to manage the backcountry road monitoring volunteer program including work schedules and data collection.

Other duties may consist of checking backcountry traffic counters, checking weather stations, picking-up trash. This position will also support operations at the Lake Mead native plant nursery which includes irrigation setup and repair, plant propagation, seed collection and processing, weed removal, and plant plot monitoring.

Compensation and Timeline:
o Living Allowance: $18,700 (allocated biweekly)
o Education Award: $5,775 (May be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans)
o No-cost medical, dental and vision benefits provided
o February/March 2017-January/February 2018, full time, 40 hours per week including occasional holidays and weekends Location:
o Lake Mead NRA (Boulder City, NV). Lake Mead National Recreation area is located in the Mojave Desert so Intern will be required to wear appropriate attire to work in an outdoor setting in extreme weather conditions and very little shade. Outside temperatures can range from below 32°F in the winter to over 120° in the summer. Intern may be exposed to poisonous or irritating plants that may cause skin irritations. Intern may come in contact with spiders, lizards, scorpions, insects, and other hazardous wildlife. Intern will be required to wear all necessary safety equipment to perform duties. Work will occur in remote areas on uneven terrain and various elevation gains. Intern may be exposed to direct sun, wind, dust, and rain.

Physical Demands
o Lift up to 50 pounds of material or power equipment;
o Bend, lift, pull, and push;
o Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time ;
o Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment; and
o Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season).
o Bachelor’s degree in recreation/wilderness management, natural resources, or related field desired;
o Ability to drive 4x4 vehicle, and navigate in the backcountry using maps and GPS units;
o Ability to use ArcGIS software such as ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox, ArcMobile, and ArcPad;
o Ability to use GPS units such as Garmins, Mesas, and Trimbles to collect data;
o Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs;
o Ability to do physical labor in the backcountry;
o Motivated to learn about the park’s resources;
o Ability to communicate with park staff in an appropriate manner in written and verbal form;
o Must pass a federal background check; and
o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.

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