POSITION TITLE: Conservation Technician
STATUS: Full Time
REPORTS TO: Conservation Field Manager
POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: Potentially seasonal employees, interns, 
and contracted crews
LOCATION: Yerington, NV (exact reporting location TBD based on area of focus)

BACKGROUND: Established in 2014, the Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) is leading 
the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, 
environmental and recreational interests in the Walker Basin 
(www.walkerbasin.org). The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its 
diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop 
operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are 
passionate about their mission.
The WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple 
properties in the Walker Basin.  Land planning activities are underway and 
focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term 
land ownership and stewardship, active and passive revegetation and restoration 
JOB PURPOSE: The primary purpose of the Conservation Technician is to support 
field operations of the Walker Basin Conservancy to ensure the successful 
transition of retired farmlands to self-sustaining vegetation communities that 
are able to thrive in the absence of supplemental irrigation. The Conservation 
Technician will work with the Conservation Field Manager and the Land Manager 
and other staff to implement and monitor stewardship projects, and is expected 
to spend a significant amount of time in the field.
A knowledge of desert plant ecology and ecological restoration, nursery or 
horticultural practices, or agricultural systems, irrigation equipment, and 
large equipment operation is essential. The Conservation Technicians should 
also have a sincere interest in expanding their knowledge of Great Basin desert 
ecology, restoration practices, the flora and fauna of Nevada, and agricultural 
methods and equipment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

*             In cooperation with the Conservation Field Manager and Land 
Manager, implement the day to day operations of conservation lands managed by 
WBC and track progress of assigned field projects.
*             Assist with all aspects of successful stewardship implementation. 
Duties may include ground preparation, seeding, planting, irrigation, weed 
control, or other tasks as necessary.
*             Assist with the control of vegetation and noxious weeds by fire, 
hand or mechanical removal; herbicide application; or direction of weed control 
*             Install and maintain drip, handline, trench, and wheel line 
irrigation systems.
*             Assist with planting shrubs, grasses and forbs from containerized 
stock and seed as part of the WBC's re-vegetation program on retired farmlands.
*             Ability to identify the native and non-native flora of Nevada.
*             Collect and compile field data with program data forms, GPS, 
cameras and other equipment. Ensure that accurate records of planting and 
seeding activity, herbicide applications, and irrigation activity are kept and 
delivered to the appropriate parties.
*             Develop a deep working knowledge off all equipment, irrigation 
infrastructure, project partners, and vegetation management techniques used by 
the Program.
*             Responsible for safely operating, maintaining and transporting a 
variety of small to heavy equipment (hand tools, power tools, tractors, mowers, 
trimmers, chainsaws, backhoe, water truck, and road grader).

*             3+ years of experience in a natural resources or agricultural or 
landscaping setting
*             General experience with and knowledge of irrigation equipment and 
*             Ability to safely operate large machinery and vehicles including 
tractors, ATVs, trucks, and trailers
*             Ability to safely operate chainsaws, brush cutters, backpack 
sprayers, and other equipment
*             Ability to keep detailed records, communicate with other staff 
and supervisors, and to work unsupervised to accomplish program tasks
*             Clean driving record and a NV State driver's license, or ability 
to obtain within 1 month of hire.
*             Ability to lift 50+ pounds and to work long hours in an outdoor 

Salary & Benefits:
Starting pay $12-$14.50 per hour depending on experience. Benefits include a 
paid health, dental and vision care plan and generous paid leave and retirement 

Position will remain open until filled. Only top candidates will be contacted.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Amy Gladding
Subject Line: Conservation Technician

Please call (775) 463-9887 ext. 116 with questions.

Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

Equal Opportunity Statement - Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity 
employer. WBC does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, 
officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, 
creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political 
affiliation. WBC complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting 
discrimination in employment.

Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the 
general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these 
positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive 
list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each 
position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and 
management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and 
skills at any time.

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