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. Example projects include trail work, ecological restoration and hazard fuels reduction. Many of our crews work in remote field locations on multi-day backcountry field tours.
We seek a Project Manager to collaborate with NCC staff and Conservation Crews on projects on public lands in some of Nevada and California’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.
Reports To: NCC Director of Operations and GBI Southern Operation Coordinator
Essential Functions and Duties:
The Project Manager will assist NCC Coordinators and support field crews working in Nevada and California. Project Managers provide technical expertise and training for a variety of projects, including trails construction and maintenance, restoration, pesticide application and chainsaw operations.
• Provide support and mentorship to field crews
• Ensuring projects are completed satisfactorily and to spec
• Ensuring crew members adhere to all NCC policies and procedures
• Responsible for initiating GBI’s disciplinary action procedures for policy infractions
• Coordination and leadership for NCC’s Leadership Development Program (LDP)
• 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
• Back filling for crew leaders
• Support NCC Operations Coordinators in project development and planning
• 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: August 2021 (Reno) or September 2021 (Las Vegas)
6 months to 1 year
Varied work schedule includes regular travel and working weekends
Based in 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
401K program with match for year long employees
Technical training and professional development opportunities may include: USFS Chainsaw Sawyer Certification, Pesticide Applicators License, ROVHA UTV Driver Certification, Off-road Driver and Extraction training, fall protection training, ArcGIS training, other as available
- Relevant field experience – knowledge of field crew logistics, technical skills and operations;
- Preference given to individuals with chainsaw, trails, and/or restoration experience
- Experience managing and supporting small teams
- Experience with spreadsheet, software, and basic ArcGIS operations
- 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.