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 (www.walkerbasin.org). 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 Field Operations Lead Technician supports the Stewardship Program’s operations and staff. The ideal candidate will possess experience, knowledge, and skills related to agriculture, irrigation systems and staff supervision. The successful candidate will have an interest in mentorship and teaching, as well as patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency and high level of comfort in the outdoors. The Field Operations Lead Technician is an essential part of the Conservancy’s Land Conservation Team and the Conservancy’s ability to plan and manage stewardship and agricultural programs effectively and efficiently.
In cooperation with the Field Operations Manager and the Stewardship and AmeriCorps Program Directors, the Lead Technician will:
Irrigation Systems (40%)
• Assist with all aspects of successful Conservancy irrigation activities including, but not limited to, construction, monitoring, troubleshooting, and repair of irrigation systems associated with stewardship and agricultural operations
• Ensure accurate data collection and management for site specific water use
Agricultural Operations (30%)
• Assist with all aspects of successful Conservancy agricultural operations including, but not limited to, crop irrigation management
• Implement crop and lease monitoring programs
• Assist with all aspects of stewardship, including restoration and Native Seed Initiative, such as soil preparation, seeding, planting, husbandry, irrigation, weed control, harvest and similar tasks, as necessary
• Serve as AmeriCorps Crew Leader, as needed
• Train and supervise AmeriCorps Crews, as needed
Other Functions (5%)
• Operate vehicles, such as trucks and ATVs, trailers, farm and nursery equipment and implements, irrigation systems, and hand and power tools
• Ability to identify native and non-native flora of Nevada, particularly within the Great Basin
• Deliver outreach programs
• Assist with grant writing
• Other duties as assigned by the Walker Basin Conservancy
Salary & Benefits
Starting salary $18.00 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.
• Experience with agricultural operations, farm management and various irrigation systems
• Relevant practical experience with a farm and/or natural resources organization
• Understanding of Great Basin agricultural communities
• Familiarity with GIS and GPS applications and technologies
• Degree in agricultural, biological, ecological, or natural resources discipline
• Ability to keep detailed records, communicate with other staff and supervisors, and work unsupervised to accomplish program tasks
• Public speaking and staff supervision capabilities
• Clean driving record and a NV State driver’s license, or ability to obtain within 1 month of hire
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.
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:
Subject Line: Field Operations Lead Technician
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.