Challenge yourself as a leader of a 5-person crew while conducting critical conservation work in some of the Southwest’s most beautiful areas. The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC) is looking for experienced Crew Leaders to serve on the Latinx Desert Resource Crew based in Joshua Tree National Park. You will lead four AmeriCorps Crew Members while building trails and supporting different conservation projects at the Park. Projects will include management of cultural resources, trails/recreation, and wildlife as well as projects with educational outreach/interpretation. Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for young Latinx adults interested in conservation careers to gain valuable skills and experience success. We believe diversity is a key source of strength for our community, and we strive to create a safe and empowering environment for all participants.
Additional Trainings and Benefits:
Wilderness First Aid Certification
Public Lands Corps Act non-competitive hiring authority – must be age 18-30 at time of position and meet minimum 640 hours in order to be eligible
Typical work days are 10 hours long from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Schedules (4- or 8-day tours) will be dictated by project site. All schedules are subject to change due to unpredictable circumstances. Camping locations are often in "front country" settings where there is ready access to crew vehicles, however members often camp in undeveloped sites without access to water or restroom facilities where members practice Leave No Trace techniques for camp etiquette. Members may also camp in backcountry settings where a base-camp is established several miles from vehicles in remote locations.
As an employee of Great Basin Institute’s Nevada Conservation Corps Program (NCC) program, the Employee is expected to satisfactorily complete the following tasks:
Adherence to the rules and regulations specified in the Nevada Conservation Corps Crew Member Handbook;
Adhere to daily/weekly work schedules that are subject to change in response to project needs;
Maintain a positive and professional attitude while working on challenging and diverse
Exemplify strong work ethic, professionalism, and sound judgment
Lead young adults on a variety of challenging conservation projects
Understand and abide by all NCC policies and procedures; ensure all safety protocols followed
Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times; be able to boost crew morale
Effectively communicate with NCC staff, partnering agencies, peers, and crew members
Coordinate project logistics with agency partners, Crew Coordinator, and peers
Work alongside members to complete project goals
Provide clear and consistent feedback to crew members
Teach, instruct and support members in trail building, and other project/NCC specific tasks
Engage members in an active crew life
Facilitate weekly crew meetings and debriefs
Transport crew and equipment safely in NCC trucks
Manage and maintain crew gear, tools and other various NCC/agency equipment
Complete weekly reporting of accomplishments
Uphold NCC and AmeriCorps standards of work production and quality
Support and manage crew meal planning
Make sure to check the Nevada Conservation Corps overview page here.
Joshua Tree National Park
Based out of our Las Vegas office
Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living allowance dependent on their length of service. The living allowance is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The allowance is paid to members in biweekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
•Living Allowance: approximately $1040 every two weeks before taxes
•Education Award: $3,172.50
•Per Diem:$15/day spent in the field. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $120.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
•Housing Stipend: In addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $100.00 biweekly.
•TOTAL COMPENSATION BIWEEKLY: $1260 (pre-tax)
Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute.
Student Loan Forbearance:
If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving.
Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Nevada Conservation Corps will provide you documentation in proving that you qualify for SNAP.
Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit):
The Nevada Conservation Corps will take part in Affiliation Agreements with your university in order to allow you to receive college credit hours for your term of service.
Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service
Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members
Participating in in-field education sessions, presentations and crew meetings
Participate in Service Day events outside of regular work schedule
Clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles)
Current driver’s license
A willingness and desire to lead
Experience working within a Conservation or Youth Corps
Previous experience camping/backpacking in remote locations.
Previous experience constructing recreational trails
Previous experience felling trees using chainsaw and/or crosscut
Previous experience with restoration type work (ex. plantings, invasive species removal)
Strong critical thinking skills and creativity
Possessing the confidence and ability to make decisions quickly and under pressure
Receptive to feedback from superiors, peers, and subordinates.
Ability to establish and maintain a positive workplace culture and camp life experience.
Ability to work for 10.5 hours a day and to contribute to post-work day tasks and chores
Ability to hike up to 10 miles a day with heavy backpacks
Ability to carry 25 pounds continuously and 50 pounds occasionally
Ability to camp up to seven consecutive nights in primitive locations without access to running water and restrooms, all while in an all possible weather conditions. Assisting in food preparation, planning, and clean up
Ability to effectively operate machinery and tools while following production and quality standards set by the Nevada Conservation Corps
Follow strict safety protocol and maintain personal safety of self and others
Ability to commit to an entire term of service with AmeriCorps
Be at least 17 years of age
Be a U.S Citizen or Legal Resident Alien
All position offers are conditional upon successful completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Any criminal convictions must be disclosed during the interview process
Be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (Limit of four unique terms in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards)
Possess High school diploma or GED (or provide proof of intent to complete before using education award)