The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a program of the Great Basin Institute, provides direct conservation services to public land management agencies throughout Nevada. Founded in 1999, the Corps deploys technically proficient restoration teams to enhance species habitat, mitigate fire threats, reduce the spread of invasive species, and restore and re-designate recreational trails. In doing so, NCC provides valuable training and workforce development opportunities for Corps members who seek careers in natural resource management. The NCC is funded by AmeriCorps, a national service program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The role of the Forestry Coordinator is to oversee all the program's forestry and restoration projects while also assisting project partners in developing new projects, defining a scope of work, and establishing projected performance targets. The Coordinator communicates weekly with NCC Director of Operations on any specific project issues that will need to be communicated to NCC leaders. The Coordinator works closely to provide in field support to crew supervisors, leaders, and members to improve crew safety, ensure crews produce high quality and consistent work, and provide opportunities for staff and member self-improvement. The Forestry Coordinator will also work to maintain forestry equipment inventory and maintenance protocols and to ensure that ensure standards of equipment maintenance are followed on a daily and weekly basis.?
Essential functions and duties will include:
• Projected 80% of time in the field, 20% of time in office.
• Participate in NCC Overview, and Project Agreements and Partner Relations meetings weekly.
• Participate in NCC field rigging and derigging operations on a weekly basis, including leadership meeting starting at 6am on Monday mornings.
• Share previous project successes and the context and impacts of future project work at crew circle ups.
• Conduct regular site evaluations to assess progress and fix problems, ensure project objectives and partner expectations are met, and standardize and improve quality of work across all projects, sites, and crews.
• Provide in field support to crew supervisors, leaders, and members to improve crew safety, ensure crews produce high quality and consistent work, and provide opportunities for staff and member self-improvement.
• Prepare and present the forestry components of the Crew Member orientations and Leadership Advancement Program. Provide continued training opportunities for field staff and members throughout field season.
• Assist project partners in developing new projects, defining a scope of work, and establishing projected performance targets.
• Assist NCC Program Director in developing and monitoring quarterly performance measure targets for the AmeriCorps grant.
• Track project performance target completion and address shortfalls or overages with partners to ensure timely project completion.
• Complete end of season reports on forestry project completions including maps and photos.
• Coordinate with other staff to develop and disseminate standards for evaluations, and conduct in-field supervisor and crew lead evaluations in advance member evaluations.
• Maintain forestry equipment inventory and maintenance protocols, assign tool and equipment complements to forestry crews, and ensure standards of equipment maintenance are followed on a daily and weekly basis. Hold members accountable for lost or broken equipment.
• Repair tools, chainsaws, and equipment when needed and feasible.
• Follow and enforce fleet and equipment related policies detailed in GBI Personnel Handbook.
• Seek out cost-saving measures for repairs, purchases, and tracking of forestry equipment.
• Assist other GBI programs with special projects.
• Other duties as assigned.
Reports To: Nevada Conservation Corps Program Director
Start date based on availability.
Position available until filled.
Yearly renewable contracts are available.
Based at GBI offices in Reno, NV. The “Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno has an estimated population of just over 230,000; the greater Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of just over 435,000. The city sits in a high desert at ca. 4,500 feet in elevation, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains along the Truckee River, as it flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. Weather is mild, but with a distinct four seasons. Reno offers easy access to world-class outdoor recreation, with a 3- to 5-hour drive to Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks, the Pacific Ocean, and California redwood forests. Closer to home, Nevada boasts more natural hot springs than any other state in the country, over 150 named mountain ranges, and 30 mountain peaks over 11,000 feet. In Reno, recreation and entertainment includes eight major ski resorts within 2 hours of the Reno-Tahoe airport; fishing and boating on Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake; minor league baseball with the Reno Aces (the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks); cultural festivals throughout the summer along the banks of the Truckee River; and a small but growing collection of craft microbreweries and micro-distilleries. For more, visit http://www.movoto.com/reno-nv/moving-to-reno/
Compensation and Benefits:
Rate of Pay: $1,462.20 bi-weekly
Budgeted Hours: 80 hours/pay period
Eligible for 401K and paid health and dental benefits after 90-day probationary period.
Education, Experience and Skill preferences:
•Bachelor’s Degree in Natural resources Management, Conservation Leadership, Environmental or other Education, or three years of related work equivalency;
•Extensive chainsaw use experience; at least USFS B feller certification required;
•Knowledge in timber cruising and marking;
•Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
•Experience with grant writing and administration;
•Experience with project management;
•Familiarity with Nevada environmental community-based agencies, services and resources; Previous leadership and supervision experience;
•Experience in AmeriCorps or volunteer management and leadership development;
•Comfortable living and working in the field;
•Strong initiative, hard work ethic, and desire to advance NCC crew program;
•Proficiency with ArcGIS, Microsoft Word, and Excel;
•A valid driver’s license;
•Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays.