The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department is recruiting one (1) highly motivated individual to support Carson City Open Space staff with a variety of recreation and natural resource related projects.
The Recreation Technician will assist in facility and trail planning and maintenance, coordinating with volunteers and private land owners, transportation planning, field studies, and recreation-use inventories. The Technician will communicate with the public at the Prison Hill Recreation Area in Carson City, Nevada and provide information on off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. The position may include compiling and interpreting information, researching reference materials, writing reports, and assisting a resource team in interpreting and deciphering types of uses and other resource concerns on roads and trails. Responsibilities will also include assisting park ranger staff with installing trail signage, trail construction and maintenance, fence repair, and other general maintenance projects. The Recreation Technician may participate in other duties as assigned such as treating noxious weeds, participating in restoration projects, and assisting in interpretation and education events.
Projects will involve long periods of time spent independently in an outdoor environment and may require physical exertion over rough, uneven terrain. Candidates with prior experience operating UTV’s or other recreational off-highway vehicles are encouraged to apply. This position will aid in preparation for a career in public lands recreation management.
Field work involves hiking on designated trails, potentially 2-6 miles in a day. Weather conditions will vary from cold winds or rain in the early spring to temperatures over 100F in the summer. The use of handheld GPS units, computers, digital cameras, and operation of 4WD vehicles (including driving on dirt roads) will be required in this position. Incumbents must also be willing to spend days at a time working at a computer performing data entry tasks.
• Lift up to 50 pounds of material or equipment
• Bend, lift, pull, and push
• Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time
• Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment
• Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season)
• Work up to 10 hour days
Carson City is approximately 153 square miles in area. It abuts the Sierra Nevada Mountains which are the entrance to the basin from the west and the terminus from the east. The magnificent mountains intercept and exhaust the moisture of the air currents ever flowing from the Pacific Ocean eastward, consequently they pass comparatively rainless over the broad basin region, leaving it desert-like. Carson City offers amazing recreation experiences, both passive and motorized, as well as easy access to other local outdoor recreation treasures – such as Lake Tahoe. Visible throughout Carson City, the approximately 2,500 acre Prison Hill Recreation Area has been set aside and dedicated as open space for the community of Carson City. This popular open space is available for those who wish to hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, ride off-highway vehicles (south end only), experience great views of the Carson Range and Pine Nut Mountains, enjoy the quiet and take some great pictures. Prison Hill is located on the southeast side of town and has three main community parking areas. Specifically, the southern end of Prison Hill provides trails for motorized use – and the unique rock features provide endless technical recreation opportunities for rock crawlers, jeeps, dirt bikes and more!
This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidate will receive a living stipend of $6,739.80 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to the member every other week (approximately $1,020 biweekly before taxes) throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, member shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $1,638.89 that can be applied to qualifying student loans, tuition at a Title IV accredited college, and other educational expenses.
Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no cost.
• May 2021- August 2021 (13 weeks)
• Coursework and/or relevant experience in natural resources or a related field;
• Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, traverse uneven terrain and withstand strenuous exertion;
• Strong communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse public;
• Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off road, preferred;
• Knowledge and experience in operating off-highway vehicles such as Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV’s) preferred;
• Experience with towing and backing-up a trailer, preferred;
• Clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of two in a lifetime, regardless of award amount), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.
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