The Walker Basin Conservancy (Conservancy) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin
(www.walkerbasin.org). The dynamic nature of the Conservancy and its diverse resource management portfolio provide unique opportunities to develop innovative and interdisciplinary conservation solutions while working closely with a dedicated and passionate staff. The Conservancy team is comprised of approximately 25 full-time employees, increasing up to 70 during our field season.
The Conservancy manages a complex real-property acquisition program, acquiring land, water and related interests from willing sellers in the Walker Basin for the benefit of Walker Lake and River, and manages intensive stewardship activities on thousands of acres in the Walker Basin.
JOB PURPOSE: The Nursery Manager leads, manages, and advances the Nursery Program and oversees all nursery operations, including, but not limited to, seed and plant management; personnel recruitment and supervision; funding acquisition; seed and plant sales; and outreach. In conjunction with the Field Operations Manager and Fleet, Equipment and Facilities Senior Coordinator, the Nursery Manager will coordinate the maintenance and repair of Nursery Program facilities, equipment and vehicles. In addition, the Nursery Manager co-manages the Native Seed Initiative, developing and managing grass, forb and shrub seed production. The Nursery Manager also assists, where appropriate, with the Stewardship Program.
The ideal candidate will possess ex situ and in situ seed and plant management program administration, operations, maintenance, and repair skills; high standards for personnel, vehicle, equipment, and facilities management; the capacity to critically assess needs and challenges and develop timely solutions; and ability to advance the Nursey Program and Native Seed Initiative using adaptive management principles. The successful candidate will be a team-oriented communicator and facilitator, who leads by example and possesses an interest in mentorship and teaching.
The Nursery and Native Seed Initiative serve critical roles as foundations of the Land Conservation Program, and the Nursery Manager is an essential part of the Conservancy’s Land Conservation Team and its ability to restore Walker Lake and conserve the Walker Basin.
LOCATION: Yerington and Smith, Nevada are beautiful rural farming communities located approximately 95 miles south of Reno, NV in the foothills of the eastern Sierra Mountains. These are small and growing communities with Yerington having about 3,100 residents. Both were established in the mid-1800s, and have 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 (30-45 minutes away)
• Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
• Topaz Reservoir (20-45 minutes away)
Salary & Benefits
Salary range of $45,000- $65,000 with final compensation weighed heavily on experience and qualifications.
Excellent employee benefits package includes:
• Employer paid health, dental, vision and life insurance plans for employee Retirement 403(b) plan includes a 6% automatic company contribution
• 120 hours of annual paid vacation, increasing to 160 hours after first year of employment
• 16 hours of annual personal leave
• Company paid holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s
• 60 hours of annual sick leave
• 11 paid holidays
• Employer paid professional development
• Health and wellness subsidy
• Uniform expense reimbursement
Nursery Program (80%)
• Lead, manage and advance the Nursery Program, including developing and administering the strategic/business plan, budget, and personnel
• Oversee container plant propagation and husbandry, including seed germination and stratification
• Plan weekly nursery operations to accomplish plant grow-outs for our own projects, as well as contracts
• Identify, in conjunction with other Land Conservation Managers, plant species to propagate for stewardship programs as well as sales
• Develop and evaluate enhanced plant production techniques
• Data management (e.g., seed and plant acquisition and production costs, productivity, and success)
• Coordinate maintenance and repair of nursery vehicles, tools, equipment, and facilities (e.g., irrigation and heating/cooling systems) in-house, as able, and arrange more difficult repairs with professional contractors
• Recruit, mentor, supervise, and train AmeriCorps members, staff, and volunteers
• Grant writing and funding acquisition
• Establish and administer wholesale and retail plant and seed sales
• Develop and deliver Nursery outreach and marketing programs
Native Seed Initiative (15%)
• Alongside other Land Conservation Managers, lead, manage and advance the Native Seed Initiative, including developing and administering the strategic/business plan, budget, and personnel
• Native plant materials management (e.g., acquisition, collection, harvest, bulking, cleaning, certification, accessioning, and storage)
• Establishment and development of native seed increase fields
Other Functions (5%)
• Assist with all aspects of successful stewardship programs
• Identify native and non-native flora of Nevada
• Develop a deep working knowledge of all Nursery and Native Seed Initiative vehicles, equipment and facilities/fields and Conservancy partners
• Assist the Land Conservation Director and other Managers in training employees
• Other duties as assigned by the Walker Basin Conservancy
• Knowledge of and experience with natural resources stewardship, nursery operations, horticulture, plant
• propagation and seed management
• Relevant practical experience with a natural resource’s organization, nursery, botanic garden or farm
• Experience managing projects and people including planning, scheduling, contracting, budgeting, hiring, supervision and evaluation
• Able to think critically and creatively to develop solutions to complex nursery, stewardship and facility operations problems
• Skill to adapt and respond to unexpected or unplanned ecological (e.g., fire, freezing, drought) or programmatic (e.g., changes in organizational priorities or funding) circumstances while still progressing towards program objectives
• Capacity to integrate adaptive management principles into programs
• Understanding of the ecological and cultural communities of the Great Basin
• Familiarity with GIS and GPS applications and technologies
• Public speaking capabilities
• Degree in restoration ecology, natural resources management, ecology, biology, botany, plant science, horticulture, agronomy or similar discipline
• Ability to keep detailed records and communicate effectively with other staff and supervisors
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team to accomplish tasks
• 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 emergencies. 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.
Staff work in an outdoor setting with varying weather conditions, including, but not limited to: extreme heat, dry conditions, rain, snow or hail, and extreme cold. Fieldwork sites will generally be in areas with at least primitive
road access for crew vehicles. Fieldwork 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 sites without facilities. Fieldwork 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 or 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: Nursery Manager
All applicants must also submit an Employment Application Acknowledgement form that can be found on our website at: https://www.walkerbasin.org/join-our-team
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.
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.