The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the US Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Nevada State Office, is recruiting two Travel Management Technicians (TMT) to support signage, maintenance, and monitoring data collection efforts for motorized trails located on the Bridgeport, Tonopah, and Ely Ranger districts. Specifically, the TMTs will support the USFS recreation program by making improvements to off-highway vehicle trail signs and will aid USFS recreation program staff in collecting and processing data supporting the district’s Travel Management Plan. The TMTs will work on the daily direction of the team Crew Leader and US Forest Service and Great Basin Institute program staff.
• Install directional signs and route markers that improve trail users’ experience;
• Install QR Code stickers on new or existing directional signs and route markers that will allow trail users’ to access USFS Humboldt-Toiyabe Avenza PDF Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) from their mobile device;
• Install QR Code stickers on new or existing directional signs and route markers that will allow trail users’ to access Tread Lightly responsible recreation tip resources from their mobile device;
• Provide trail maintenance and improvements to existing trails deemed unsafe or ecologically unsound; and
• Collect GPS and other monitoring data for the Forest Service’s road condition program that will promote ability to maintain trails for the long-term.
These activities will result in improved experience for trail users, enhanced community awareness, a stronger culture of stewardship, as well as fewer conflicts between recreationists and other national forest users (e.g., grazing).
This position will be appropriate for an individual with education and experience in recreation/resource management and will provide opportunities to enhance basic career skills such as team leadership, organization and communication, as well as field skills including use of GPS and maps, field note methods, and processing of GPS data to generate maps. USFS Recreation staff will provide training, direction and other support. Field work will be conducted in a remote backcountry setting and may require strenuous exertion. Weather and terrain conditions may be extreme (e.g., heat, cold, thunderstorms, steep terrain). The work schedule is anticipated to be Monday-Monday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate remote locations, but may be adjusted to Monday-Thursday, generally 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate project locations close to the Reno area.
Contract Timeline: This is a 675 hour AmeriCorps position.
May 17th, 2021-September 24th,2021
Location: Reno, NV
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.
• 4.5 month (675hour) service term: $6430.74 living stipend ($676.92 every two weeks before taxes)
$15 for every day you work in the field.
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute.
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.
Optional Training & Education may include:
• Defensive Driving Certification
• Off-Road Driving Class
• USFS ATV/UTV Certification
• Resume Building Workshop
• Interview Skills Workshop
• Native Plant Identification
• Invasive Plant Identification
• GPS Unit Training
• Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Maintaining a positive and professional attitude at all times while providing service
• Showing respect when interacting with other members, leaders, staff, project sponsors and community members
• Participate in Service Day events outside of regular work schedule
• Clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles)
• Current driver’s license
• Ability to work for 10.5 hours a day and to contribute to post-work day tasks and chores
• Ability to carry 25 pounds continuously and 50 pounds occasionally
• Ability to camp up to seven consecutive nights in primitive locations without access to running water and restrooms, all while in an all possible weather conditions. Assisting in food preparation, planning, and clean up
• Ability to effectively operate machinery and tools while following production and quality standards set by the Nevada Conservation Corps
• Follow strict safety protocol and maintain personal safety of self and others
• Ability to commit to an entire term of service with AmeriCorps
• Be at least 17 years of age
• Be a U.S Citizen or Legal Resident Alien
• All position offers are conditional upon successful completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Any criminal convictions must be disclosed during the interview process
• Be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (Limit of four unique terms in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards)
• Possess High school diploma or GED (or provide proof of intent to complete before using education award)