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Great Basin Institute / Nevada Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps Crew Leader, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 7668

Fri, December 13, 2013

Nevada Conservation Corps’ Crew Leader Program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to lead a 5-person crew in the field, while also providing communication and leadership skills for life. As an NCC Crew Leader your experience begins with a three-month leadership development training program. You will spend extended periods of time camping in the field with fellow crew leaders, working on service projects that are meant to prepare you for the challenges of leading a crew. 

Your days will be spent working long hours, honing project management and technical skills; evenings will be spent around the fire learning and practicing the fundamental skills of effective leadership. You will be trained in trail building and maintenance, dry masonry, chainsaw use, Wilderness First Aid, off-road driving, leadership, conflict management, and more. You will also have the opportunity to shadow current NCC field staff, practice leadership techniques and receive the feedback and support needed to improve your skills. 

Upon successful completion of the 13-week leadership development training you will be assigned a summer project (based out of Reno, NV, Las Vegas, NV or Great Basin National Park) and will take on the responsibility of leading a crew. You will lead four AmeriCorps Crew Members while building trail or running chainsaws in some of Nevada’s most beautiful locales. You will coordinate with agency partners and collaborate with peers to see that project goals are accomplished safely and efficiently. Based on your specific project you will be camped in the field with your crew on either 4-day or 8-day "tours" often in primitive and remote locations and will responsible for managing and facilitating a healthy and cohesive community within your crew. 

Different than any other professional experience you could imagine, being a crew leader with the NCC is a full-time commitment where you will always be a resource to the members serving with you both while on service project sites or back at camp after a long day. Both preparing for and leading a crew requires unwavering dedication, and a willingness to put the needs of others first. Successful applicants will demonstrate dependability, excellent judgment, and high standards. We are looking for individuals who will lead by example and be a role model for the members who join our program. Though this position is challenging, the rewards are abundant and the bonds forged with your crew, peers and with the outdoors will last a lifetime. 

Individual will have a changing schedule typically working 10 hour days (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM); Member could be on a 4/3 (4 days on; 3 days off) or an 8/6 (8 days on ; 6 days off); During initial training period members could serve up to 50 hours in a week. 

Primary Duties and Functions: 
• Exemplify strong work ethic, professionalism, and sound judgment 
• Lead young adults on a variety of challenging conservation projects 
• Understand and abide by all NCC policies and procedures; ensure all safety protocols followed 
• Maintain a positive and professional attitude at all times; be able to boost crew morale 
• Effectively communicate with NCC staff, partnering agencies, peers, and crew members 
• Coordinate project logistics with agency partners, Crew Coordinator, and peers 
• Work alongside members to complete project goals 
• Provide clear and consistent feedback to crew members 
• Teach, instruct and support members in trail building, chainsaw use, and other project/NCC specific tasks 
• Engage members in an active crew life 
• Facilitate weekly crew meetings and debriefs 
• Transport crew and equipment safely in NCC trucks 
• Manage and maintain crew gear, tools and other various NCC/agency equipment 
• Complete weekly reporting of accomplishments 
• Uphold NCC and AmeriCorps standards of work production and quality 
• Support and manage crew meal planning 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Required Qualifications: 
• US Citizenship or Permanent Legal Residency 
• At least 18 years of age 
• Must pass a 3-part background check (Federal, State, and National Sex Offender Public Registry name check); ANY past criminal convictions must be disclosed 
• Clean driving record (must qualify to drive GBI Vehicles) 
• Current driver’s license 
• High School diploma or GED certificate 
• Eligible to receive an AmeriCorps education award 
• Physical ability to work long days, in adverse conditions, on labor intensive projects 
• Effective communication skills 
• Ability to adapt to changing project and schedule expectations 

Desired Qualifications: 
• Previous leadership experience with youth or young adults 
• Experience working with a Conservation or Youth Corps 
• Camping/backpacking experience 
• Experience constructing recreational trails; chainsaw operating experience 
• Familiarity with basic conservation skills including tool maintenance 
• Receptive to feedback; able to communicate challenges 
• Ability to create and facilitate a positive experience for crew members

Application Deadline 12/13. See BTT Gateaway Job ID 7668

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