The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field studies organization dedicated to promoting environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), a program within the GBI, launched in 1999 with the goal of harnessing the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of our public lands and communities through habitat restoration, invasive species control, forestry, trail building, and community conservation events. With our AmeriCorps grant we have been able to provide that experience to thousands of members, NCC provides valuable training and workforce development opportunities for staff and corps members who seek careers in natural resource management.
The Nevada Conservation Corps crews work in Nevada and California. These crews implement a wide variety of work for and in support of Federal Land Management Agencies, State Agencies, and others. In 2021, NCC is partnering with the US Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to complete forest wide National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) surveys. Following national protocols, surveys collect essential data on recreation use levels and user demographics and satisfaction. This information will be used by the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest to develop a long-range recreational management strategy which will address the future of recreation programs on the Forest.
We seek a Project Manager to collaborate with USFS and NCC staff and AmeriCorps Crews to conduct NVUM surveys in some of Nevada's most beautiful locales. Responsibilities of the Project Manager require strong skills in organization, communication, and problem solving. This position requires a pro-active, independent, creative, and thoughtful mindset; an ability to problem solve and ‘make things happen’ is essential for success and happiness. This position is crucial to the success of our field crews and NCC’s mission.
Essential Functions and Duties:
The NVUM Project Manager will assist NCC staff, conduct NVUM surveys and support field crews working throughout Nevada.
Working with NCC staff the NVUM Project Manager will assist NCC staff and support field crews with duties, including but not limited to:
• Conduct NVUM data collection and surveys across Nevada;
• Provide training, mentorship, and logistical and operational support for crews ;
• Ensuring NVUM protocol are strictly followed and quality control of data;
• Ensuring crew members adhere to all NCC policies and procedures;
• Responsible for initiating GBI’s disciplinary action procedures for policy infractions;
• Responsible for accurately completing weekly administrative tasks, including: reporting accomplishments, documenting hours, mileage logs and credit card reporting;
• Assist with logistics, equipment inventory and operate independently to complete vehicle and tool maintenance;
• Ensure safe operations and use of all tools and equipment;
• Support program staff in identifying, implementing, and leading corps member training sessions;
• Support program staff in mentoring Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders to develop professional and technical abilities;
• Support program staff with implementing the crew rig up and derig processes by reviewing project details with crew leads, completing vehicle inspections, handing out electronics, and facilitating equipment issue and return;
• Serve as project leader and primary point of contact for Crew Leaders and project partners on large projects with multiple NCC field crews;
• Independently travel to various worksites to provide additional onsite support and training to restoration, trail, and forestry crews as needed;
• Back filling for crew leaders as needed; and
• Other duties as assigned
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 Great Basin Institute Personnel Handbook;
• Adhere to daily/weekly work schedules that are subject to change in response to project needs;
• Participation in GBI meetings and workshops and other GBI or agency training opportunities;
• Other duties as assigned by GBI and agency staff
Start Date: March 2021
Highly varied work schedule include regular travel and working weekends
Based at GBI offices in either Reno, NV or Las Vegas, NV
Compensation and Benefits:
Rate of Pay: $15.50/hour
Paid vacation/sick time
Paid health/dental insurance
Technical training and professional development opportunities may include: ArcGIS Survey 123, ArcMap, Azenza Maps, Off-road Driver and Extraction training, ROVHA UTV Driver Certification, other as available
We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
The Great Basin Institute is a 501(c)3 promoting ecological literacy and direct service through environmental restoration, education and research for national, state and regional parks and public lands throughout the American West. For more information, visit www.TheGreatBasinInstitute.org
• Relevant field experience – strong knowledge of field crew logistics and operations;
• Experience managing and supporting small teams
• Experience with ArcMap, Survey 123, spreadsheet, Avenza
• Ability to multi-task and troubleshoot on a daily basis, work independently to identify program needs and execute
• Good interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to balance and integrate task-oriented and process-oriented responsibilities
• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds for extended periods of time
• Willingness to travel on short notice
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads.
• Preference given to individuals with chainsaw, trails, and/or restoration experience
• All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.