2015 AmeriCorps Six-Month Crew Member

Employer
Location
Nevada, United States
Posted
Jan 21, 2015
Closes
Apr 22, 2015
Sector
Nonprofit
Employment Type
Full time, Temporary / Seasonal
Salary Type
Hourly

Timeline: May 18, 2015 – November 9, 2015

Our Mission:
Nevada Conservation Corps harnesses the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of Nevada’s public lands and communities. As a federally-funded AmeriCorps program, the NCC promotes ecological literacy through field research and direct conservation service. By uniting resources from federal, state, and county agencies, the NCC provides young professionals the opportunity to make meaningful contributions toward protecting and conserving Nevada’s natural heritage while gaining valuable work experience in the conservation field.

Position Description:
As a NCC crew member, you will live and work in some of Nevada’s premiere outdoor recreation and wilderness areas. You will work alongside other members from across the country who share a common passion for conservation and the outdoors. The NCC strives to contribute real and meaningful improvements to Nevada’s public lands, and as such our crew related work focuses on on-the-ground implementation of conservation projects. As a member you will be in the field, swinging tools, 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.

To facilitate a safe and successful conservation experience, the NCC puts all members through an extensive, week-long orientation where they receive training in technical skills related to chainsaw use and land restoration practices, while obtaining certifications in Leave No Trace ethics and CPR/First Aid. 6-month members will participate in orientation from May 18th to May 22nd, 2015.

Schedules for the summer and fall will be dictated by project requirements and site locations. These positions will be based out of Reno or Ely. Crews may be assigned to a variety of projects throughout the season, and the schedule may fluctuate between 4 and 8 day tours. Project work may include improving and restoring critical wildlife habitat, select thinning of timber stands, and fire fuels reduction. While on tour, you will camp at the project site, sharing in campsite responsibilities, cooking meals with fellow crew members, and participating in group discussions and learning activities around the campfire. This shared responsibility and crew 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. Crew members will be responsible for self ­transport to and from their assigned Field Station, but once there, Crew Leaders will provide transportation to project sites in program vehicles. Campsites are often in remote places that do not have running water or toilet facilities. While on tour, you will camp at the project site, sharing in campsite responsibilities, cooking meals with fellow crew members, and participating in group discussions and learning activities around the campfire. Crews will be outfitted with large water containers and kitchen equipment for storing and preparing meals. Each crew member will be responsible for providing personal camping gear such as a tent, sleeping bag, backpack or duffel, etc. Members are responsible for providing their own food for each tour. A food subsidy will be provided at $7.25 for every day spent in the field to help off­set the cost of food during the work week. This will be included as a reimbursement on the bi­weekly living stipend check.

Qualifications:
• 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 between 17 and 25 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.

Compensation:
This is an AmeriCorps volunteer position.* Selected candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,000 for the six month time period. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-weekly throughout their term of service. Members and leaders also receive a food per-diem while on project at a rate of $7.25 a day. Upon completion of the AmeriCorps national service contract, members shall receive an education award in the amount of $2,822 that can be used to pay off qualified student loans or to pay tuition at a Title IV accredited college.

The NCC does not provide housing nor sign leases, but can assist with identifying housing options in your area of service.

To Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Jason Behrens, HR Associate, at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include how you heard about this position. Upon receipt, a representative from the NCC program will contact you for the next steps in the application process. All questions related to the interview and selection process may be sent to Jason.


*For more information see: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service. This program prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Persons with disabilities are


Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Jason Behrens, HR Associate, at jbehrens@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include how you heard about this position. Upon receipt, a representative from the NCC program will contact you for the next steps in the application process. All questions related to the interview and selection process may be sent to Jason.