POSITION TITLE: Conservation Maintenance Specialist
STATUS: Full Time
REPORTS TO: Field Manager
LOCATION: Yerington, NV

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<http://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 Conservation Maintenance Specialist is to 
support field operations of the Walker Basin Conservancy's (WBC) 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 Maintenance Specialist will work with the Field Manager and the Land Manger 
and other staff to operate, repair, and maintain stewardship tools, and is 
expected to spend a significant amount of time in the field and shop 

A deep knowledge of agricultural systems, irrigation equipment, vehicle and 
large equipment operation, repair and maintenance is essential. The Maintenance 
Specialist should also have the ability to, operate, maintain and repair a 
variety of welding machines, pneumatic tools, hand tools, hydraulic systems, 
and irrigation systems.  The Maintenance position requires, mentorship, 
patience, technical aptitude, focus on efficiency, and a high level of comfort 
in the outdoors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

*         In cooperation with the Field Manager maintain, repair, and overhaul 
farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, implements, trucks, pumps and 
irrigation systems.

*         Operates, maintains and repairs ATV's and other small motorized 

*         Assist with all aspects of successful stewardship implementation. 
Duties may include ground preparation, seeding, planting, irrigation, weed 
control, or other tasks as necessary.

*         Examine equipment, create inspection reports, and confer with 
colleagues to locate and diagnose equipment malfunctions.

*         Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and 
woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws.

*         Lead installation of drip, handline, trench, and wheel line 
irrigation systems.

*         Creates and maintains current and accurate records for all 
Conservancy assets and rolling stock.

*         Ability to identify the native and non-native flora of Nevada.

*         Develop a deep working knowledge off all equipment, irrigation 
infrastructure, project partners, and vegetation management techniques used by 
the Program.

*         Operates and maintains a variety of small to heavy equipment (hand 
tools, power tools, tractors, mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, backhoe, water 
truck, and large tractors).

*         Other duties as assigned mutually agreeable between Walker Basin 
Conservancy and the employee.


  *   5+ years of experience in a natural resource or agricultural setting
  *   General experience with and knowledge of irrigation equipment and 
  *   Ability to safely operate, repair and maintain large machinery and 
vehicles including tractors, ATVs, trucks, and trailers
  *   Ability to safely operate, repair and maintain chainsaws, brush cutters, 
backpack sprayers, and other related 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 setting

Salary & Benefits:
Salary range starts at $37, 440 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: Maintenance Specialist

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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