BACKGROUND: Established in 2014, the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin(www.walkerbasin.org). The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are
passionate about their mission. The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple properties in the Walker Basin. Land planning activities are underway and focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, active and passi estoration activities.
JOB PURPOSE: The Restoration and Monitoring Members will serve alongside other members and WBCConservation Technicians conducting primarily project site monitoring and data collection, invasive species removal, and native plant re-vegetation within the Walker River Basin. Members may also work on recreational trail construction, sign installation, and fence construction. Members will work in conjunction with other WBC field staff, providing on the ground support to larger project operations.
A working knowledge of, or a desire to learn more about, desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery or horticultural practices, or agricultural systems and irrigation equipment is essential. The Restoration and Monitoring Members should also have a sincere interest in expanding their knowledge of Great Basin Desert ecology, restoration practices, the flora and fauna of Nevada, and agricultural methods and equipment. Members will serve in an outdoor setting and will often be required to camp in the field for the duration of the
tour. Camping will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles, but the camping sites will usually be undeveloped backcountry sites. Both camp and project sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone signals, and members will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals in camp and on project. Project work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment.
LOCATION: Yerington, Nevada is a beautiful rural farming community located approximately 95 miles south of Reno, NV in the foothills of the eastern Sierra mountains. Yerington is small but growing with about 3,100 residents. Established in 1907, the city has heritage and deep roots in agriculture, mining, railroads, and gaming. Some of the nearby attractions, activities and recreational opportunities include:
• Camping, biking, hiking, backpacking
• Fishing, hunting and boating and OHV trails
• Flat and white-water boating (1 hour away)
• Rock Hounding and climbing
• Ghost Town Exploration
• Ski Resorts (1.5-2 hours away)
• Lake Tahoe (1.5 hours away)
• Lahontan Reservoir (30 minutes away)
• Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
• Topaz Reservoir (45 minutes away)
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Scouting and identifying invasive infestations for targeted treatment.
• Following set guidelines while utilizing GPS, camera, and other instruments to monitor and collect data on invasive treatment, re-vegetation sites, and streamflow.
• Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand tools, backpack sprayers, and ATV mounted sprayers to conduct invasive plant removal and control.
• Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct native plant revegetation and restoration.
• Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power tools to conduct road decommissioning, recreation trail construction, and sign/fence installation.
• Communicating effectively and professionally with other members, WBC staff, agency partners, and the public.
• Participating in advanced technical trainings, including the basics of equipment operation used in WBC agriculture and conservation projects.
• Participating in leadership and project management trainings put on by WBC for professional and organizational development.
• Assisting with the management and supervision of community volunteers on WBC conservation projects.
• Uploading field data into databases and compiling reports to inform future management plans.
• Assisting with the inventory, maintenance, and repair of WBC tools and equipment.
• Willingness and ability to work outside in unpredictable weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
• Willingness and ability to camp in undeveloped, primitive conditions for multiple days.
• Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, such as starting early or working more days with shorter hours, in accordance with project specific requirements and conditions.
• Ability to bend and crouch for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy loads or equipment.
• Ability to uses hand and power tools, operate motor vehicles, and work long days on labor intensive projects.
• Willingness to use chemical herbicides in the treatment and control of invasive weeds while following strict application protocols.
• Effective written and oral communication skills.
• Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Meet AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements, including:
o Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service;
o Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
o Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
o Pass a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check; and
o Be eligible to receive and AmeriCorps Education award, with a limit of four total terms in a lifetime and the equivalent of two full-time terms (3600 hours).
Compensation & Benefits:
• Living allowance of $17,000;
• Education award of $6,095;
• Medical, dental and vision insurance, child care, and federal student loan forbearance are available for eligible members at no additional cost;
• Uniform reimbursement;
• Per diem when on spike (while camping);
• Paid personal leave, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s; and
• Paid holidays.
Members will receive a variety of technical and professional training related to their service activities as well as personal and professional development. Available trainings include:
• First aid and CPR;
• Leave no Trace principals;
• Off-road driver’s training; and
• Plant identification, invasive species identification and treatment, and trails training.
Housing in Yerington can be difficult to find. WBC has limited and optional housing available for a low monthly rate. Housing accommodations are dorm or bunk style housing with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and common spaces.
Positions will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted.
Local applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Please stop by our office to pick up or drop off an application or speak with our Field Manager Terence. Our office address is: 1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447.
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Subject Line: Restoration and Monitoring Member