Description: The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a program within the Great Basin Institute, launched in 1999 with the goal of promoting ecological literacy through conservation service. With our AmeriCorps grant we have been able to provide that experience to thousands of members. As the Forestry Coordinator you will work closely with NCC Program Director and other program staff to coordinate and oversee up to 20, 5-person AmeriCorps restoration crews at a time over a year-round field season across Nevada. NCC restoration crews work with land management agencies throughout the state on projects including trail construction and maintenance, invasive species eradication, habitat enhancement for native and endangered species, illegal road decommissioning, barrier construction, and fuels reduction. 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 Crew Coordinator 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.
• Communicate weekly with NCC Crew Coordinator on any specific project issues that will need to be communicated to NCC leaders.
• 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
Preferred Start Date: May 21, 2018
Position available until filled.
Yearly renewable contracts are available.
This position is based in GBI’s Northern Nevada office in Reno, NV
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 C 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.