Spend your spring working and camping outside in some of Nevada’s premier natural areas as a Veteran Natural Resources Team Member with the Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC). Serve alongside fellow veteran and civilian AmeriCorps volunteers while making a lasting contribution to Nevada’s natural heritage. Gain valuable field experience while working on habitat improvement, restoration, and recreation projects with the Bureau of Land Management and local public land agencies in the Southern Nevada. Potential conservation projects may include recreational trail construction and maintenance, exotic species removal, habitat restoration, riparian restoration, illegal road decommissioning and more. The NCC strives to contribute real and meaningful improvements to Nevada’s public lands by focusing on on-the-ground implementation of conservation projects. As a member you will be in the field, swinging tools, planting plants, and getting your hands dirty every day of service. The NCC is looking for members that understand the value of hard work and are ready to get in the field and get things done.
Members will be based out of GBI’s Las Vegas, office. The Intern team will work on various projects this season at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Basin and Range National Monument and at the newly created Gold Butte National Monument. Members will learn about conservation, restoration and monitoring of public lands. The teams schedule will fluctuate between 4 and 8-day tours. While on tour, you will camp at the project site, sharing in campsite responsibilities, cooking meals with fellow team members, and participating in group discussions and learning activities around the campfire. This shared responsibility and team bonding is an important part of NCC member development strategy, and has contributed not only to the success of the program, but also to the formation of friendships and a passion for conservation work that last long after members finish their service.
During the term of service, members will receive valuable training and certifications in:
Leave No Trace ethics;
Wilderness First Aid and CPR; and
S-212 equivalent Chain Saw Training
In addition, NCC staff and supervisors offer continuing on-the-job training to improve member’s technical and soft skills, and facilitating learning modules to educate members about the work we do and the areas we serve. The NCC also organizes educational opportunities with agency project partners and industry professionals, providing members with an inside look at the management strategies and technical research behind our project work.
Members will serve a 2 month (300 hour) AmeriCorps service term from:
February 19, 2018 to April 12, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
Crew members will be assigned to serve from the Reno Field Station, and will serve and camp in the field on 4-day tours, 8-day tours, or a mixture of the two. Schedules will be dictated by project site and distance from the field station. Camping locations are provided during the work week. We will not provide housing nor sign leases, but we can help assist with identifying housing options.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend dependent on their length of service. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly 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: $3,600
Upon successful completion of your term you will be given access to your Segal Education award which can be used for Title IV university/college tuition or to pay for federal student loans. The education award is only considered taxable income on the day you use the award.
Education Award amounts are dependent on the length of your term:
• 2 month (300 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $1,230.69
Affordable Care Act Compliant Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.
For every day you work in the field with us you will receive $7.25. This is in addition to your Living Allowance and on average is $58.00 biweekly. Crews typically combine per diem funds and shop/prepare meals as a team.
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 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.
Skills & Education:
You will be certified in First Aid and CPR.
You will be certified in Leave No Trace.
If your assigned project requires you may receive:
• USFS S212 Faller A Chainsaw Training
• Trail Construction and Maintenance Training
Optional Training & Education we will provide include:
• Defensive Driving Certification
• Off-Road Driving Class
• Resume Building Workshop
• Interview Skills Workshop
• Native Plant Identification
• Invasive Plant Identification
• GPS Unit Training
• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
•Must maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service.
•Be able to communicate effectively with members, crew leaders, NCC staff, and project partners.
•Possess the willingness and ability to work and camp up to seven nights in a row, in a wilderness setting, in all weather conditions, without formal restroom facilities or running water.
•Be able to lift 25lbs continuously and 50lbs occasionally
•Be a Veteran of the US Military and have the ability to provide DD214 papers
•Be at least 17 years of age
•Be a US citizen
•Must possess a high school diploma or GED
•Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards).*
•All position offers are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.