Conservation Technician: Yerington, NV

Walker Basin Conservancy
Yerington, NV
Job Category
Full time Positions
Starting salary $15.00 per hour and can increase depending on experience.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Walker Basin Conservancy (Conservancy) leads the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin ( The Conservancy acquires water rights and ranches to increase freshwater flows to Walker Lake. We re-establish native plant communities on former agricultural fields, increase public access and recreation opportunities, and develop practical solutions to save Walker Lake. From creating Nevada’s newest State Park (the Walker River State Recreation Area) to adding thousands of acres to Wildlife Management Areas, our work impacts thousands of community members, ranchers and recreationists every year. The Conservancy operates a nursery that produced more than 25,000 native plants in 2021 and produces native seed for conservation purposes on its properties. Our team comprises approximately 30 full-time employees and between 15 and 40 AmeriCorps Members given the season. We invite you to join us in our ambitious mission to restore Walker Lake. The Conservancy has an inclusive, positive culture that values work-life balance and growth opportunities. Our generous benefits package further separates us from other non-profits and local employers. JOB PURPOSE: The primary purpose of the Conservation Technician is to support field operations of the Walker Basin Conservancy to ensure successful land stewardship. The Conservation Technician will work with the Field Operations and Stewardship Managers and other Land conservation Program staff to implement stewardship projects and is expected to spend a significant amount of time in the field. A working knowledge of, or a desire to learn more about desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery and agricultural practices, and irrigation, agricultural and land management equipment operation is essential. The Conservation Technicians should also have a sincere interest in expanding their knowledge of Great Basin ecology and flora and fauna of Nevada. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a young and growing yet thriving organization that is developing programs and operations from the ground up. The Conservancy has a small, talented and dedicated staff who are passionate about our mission, restoration and conservation. We are looking for new people to come aboard and grow with us! We provide excellent on the job training and encourage those with agricultural, landscape or irrigation experience and training to apply! 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 and backpacking • Fishing, hunting, boating and OHV riding • 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) and Topaz Reservoir (45 minutes away) Essential Functions • In cooperation with the Field Operations and Stewardship Managers, implement the day-to-day operations of conservation lands managed by the Conservancy and track progress of assigned field projects. • Assist with all aspects of successful stewardship implementation. Duties may include ground preparation, seeding, planting, irrigation, weed control or other tasks as necessary. • Assist with the control of vegetation and noxious weeds by fire, hand or mechanical removal; herbicide application; or direction of weed control contractors. • Install and maintain drip, handline, trench and wheel line irrigation systems. • Assist with planting shrubs, grasses and forbs from containerized stock and seed as part of the Conservancy’s re-vegetation program. • Collect and compile field data with program data forms, GPS, cameras and other equipment. Ensure that accurate records of planting and seeding activity, herbicide applications, and irrigation activity are kept and delivered to the appropriate parties. • Develop a deep working knowledge off all equipment, irrigation infrastructure, project partners and vegetation management techniques used by the Program. • Responsible for safely operating, maintaining and transporting a variety of small to heavy equipment (e.g., hand tools, power tools, tractors, mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, backhoe, water truck and road grader). Salary & Benefits: Starting salary $15.00 per hour and can increase depending on experience. Excellent employee benefits package which includes: • Employer paid health, dental and vision plans for employee (worth over $5,200 annually); • Life insurance plan for employee (pays up to 1x employee’s yearly salary to beneficiary) • Retirement 403(b) plan including a Conservancy contribution equal to 6% of your salary ($1,996 to $2,745 annually); • 120 hours of annual paid vacation, increasing to 160 hours after first year, 16 hours of annual personal leave, and 60 hours of annual sick leave; • 12 paid holidays plus a Conservancy paid holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s; • Health and wellness subsidy of up to $300 annually and access to outdoor industry pro-deals. • Uniform stipend of up to $200 annually, along with some uniform pieces being provided; • Monthly cell phone reimbursement of $35 ($420 annually); and • Employer paid professional development.
• 1+ years of experience in a natural resources or agricultural setting. • General experience with and knowledge of irrigation equipment and operations. • Ability to operate safely large machinery and vehicles including tractors, ATVs, trucks, and trailers. • Ability to operate safely chainsaws, brush cutters, backpack sprayers, and other equipment. • Ability to keep detailed records, communicate with other staff and supervisors, and to work with minimal supervision to accomplish program tasks. • Clean driving record and a NV State driver’s license, or ability to obtain within 1 month of hire. • Ability to lift 75+ pounds and work long hours in an outdoor setting. Physical and Mental Requirements Strength, dexterity, coordination and vision to use tools and equipment for prolonged periods. Strength and stamina to bend, stoop, sit and stand for long periods. Strength and dexterity to operate small, medium and heavy equipment. Strength and stamina to endure standing and working for long periods in extreme weather conditions. Dexterity and vision to observe oncoming traffic hazards and react quickly to emergency situations. Some heavy lifting (over 75 pounds) is occasionally required. In compliance with applicable disability laws, reasonable accommodations may be provided to qualified individuals with a disability who require and request such accommodations. Applicants and incumbents are encouraged to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Working Conditions This position often works in an outdoor setting with varying weather conditions, including, but not limited to extreme heat, dry conditions, rain, snow or hail, and extreme cold. Work sites will generally be in areas with at least primitive road access for vehicles. Work sites will generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities or cellphone signals, and staff will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals on work sites without facilities. Work will frequently require hiking over rough terrain while carrying tools and equipment. Position may occasionally be required to operate heavy machinery in hazardous environments. Environment is generally dirty, with prolonged exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, noise and odors. Frequent interruptions to planned work activities occur Position will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted. Please send cover letter and resume to: Amy Gladding Subject Line: Conservation Technician All applicants must also submit an Employment Application Acknowledgement form that can be found on our website at: Please call (775) 463-9887 ext. 116 with questions. Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Equal Opportunity Statement – Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment. Reasonable accommodations may be provided for qualified individuals with a disability. Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.
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