POSITION TITLE: AmeriCorps Restoration Team Member
STATUS: Half Time, 900-hour term from February 19, 2019 to August 22, 2019
REPORTS TO: AmeriCorps Program 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 Restoration Team Members will serve alongside other members 
and WBC Conservation Technicians conducting primarily invasive species removal 
and native plant re-vegetation within the Walker River Basin. Members may also 
work on recreational trail construction, sign installation, and fence 
construction. Members will work in conjunction with other WBC field staff, 
providing on the ground support to larger project operations.
A working knowledge of, or a desire to learn more about, desert plant ecology 
and ecological restoration, nursery or horticultural practices, or agricultural 
systems and irrigation equipment is essential. The Restoration Team Members 
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.

Members will serve in an outdoor setting and will sometimes be required to camp 
in the field for the duration of the tour. Camping will generally be in areas 
with at least primitive road access for crew vehicles, but the camping sites 
will usually be undeveloped backcountry sites. Both camp and project sites will 
generally not have access to potable water, restroom facilities, or cellphone 
signals, and members will be expected to follow Leave No Trace principals in 
camp and on project. Project work will frequently require hiking over rough 
terrain while carrying tools and equipment.

LOCATION: Yerington, Nevada is a beautiful rural farming community located 
approximately 95 miles south of Reno, NV in the foothills of the eastern Sierra 
mountains. Yerington is small but growing with about 3,100 residents. 
Established in 1907, the city has heritage and deep roots in agriculture, 
mining, railroads, and gaming. Some of the nearby attractions, activities and 
recreational opportunities include:

  *   Camping, biking, hiking, backpacking
  *   Fishing, hunting and boating and OHV trails
  *   Flat and white-water boating (1 hour away)
  *   Rock Hounding and climbing
  *   Ghost Town Exploration
  *   Ski Resorts (1.5-2 hours away)
  *   Lake Tahoe (1.5 hours away)
  *   Lahontan Reservoir (30 minutes away)
  *   Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
  *   Topaz Reservoir (45 minutes away)

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Primary Functions:

*         Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand tools, 
backpack sprayers, and ATV mounted sprayers to conduct invasive plant removal 
and control.

*         Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power 
tools to conduct native plant re-vegetation and restoration.

*         Under the guidance of a WBC Technician, utilizing hand and power 
tools to conduct road decommissioning, recreation trail construction, and 
sign/fence installation.

*         Communicating effectively and professionally with other members, WBC 
staff, agency partners, and the public.
Secondary Functions:

*         Assisting with the management and supervision of community volunteers 
on WBC conservation projects.

*         Uploading field data into databases and compiling reports to inform 
future management plans.

*         Assisting with the inventory, maintenance, and repair of WBC tools 
and equipment.


  *   Willingness and ability to work outside in unpredictable weather 
conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
  *   Willingness and ability to camp in undeveloped, primitive conditions for 
multiple days.
  *   Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, such as starting early 
or working more days with shorter hours, in accordance with project specific 
requirements and conditions.
  *   Ability to bend and crouch for long periods of time and occasionally lift 
heavy loads or equipment.
  *   Ability to uses hand and power tools, operate motor vehicles, and work 
long days on labor intensive projects.
  *   Willingness to use chemical herbicides in the treatment and control of 
invasive weeds while following strict application protocols.
  *   Effective written and oral communication skills.
  *   Possess a valid, state-issued driver's license and clean driving record.
  *   Meet AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements, including:
     *   Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service;
     *   Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
     *   Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the 
United States;
     *   Pass a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service 
Criminal History Check; and
     *   Be eligible to receive and AmeriCorps Education award, with a limit of 
four total terms in a lifetime and the equivalent of two full-time terms (3600 

Compensation & Benefits:

  *   Living allowance of $9,180;
  *   Education award of $2,960;
  *   Medical, dental and vision insurance, child care, and federal student 
loan forbearance are available for eligible members at no additional cost;
  *   Uniform reimbursement;
  *   Per diem when on spike (while camping);
  *   Paid personal and sick leave; and
  *   Paid holidays.

Members will receive a variety of technical and professional training related 
to their service activities as well as personal and professional development. 
Available trainings include:

  *   First aid and CPR;
  *   Leave no Trace principals; and
  *   Plant identification, invasive species identification and treatment, and 
trails training.

Housing in Yerington can be difficult to find. WBC has limited and optional 
housing available for a low monthly rate. Housing accommodations are dorm or 
bunk style housing with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and common 

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

Local applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Please stop by our office to 
pick up or drop off an application or speak with our Field Manager Terence. Our 
office address is: 1 HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Amy Gladding
Subject Line: 6-month Restoration Team Member

OR fill out and return our employment application found online at our website, 
www.walkerbasin.org<http://www.walkerbasin.org>,  or at our Yerington office (1 
HWY 95 A East, Yerington, NV 89447)

Please call Miguel Gonzales, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at (775) 463-9887 ext. 
110 with questions.

Walker Basin Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with 
disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The above functions may be completed 
with or without reasonable accommodations.  This program prohibits 
discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, 
age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or disability.

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.

Reply via email to