Research Associate Project Specialist (Temporary)

Research Associate Project Specialist (Temporary Assignment) Great Basin Institute (Reno, NV)

Description: The Great Basin Institute is a Reno, NV based interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. With a $9 million annual budget, the Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs. The Research Associate (RA) Program, seeks a Project Specialist for the 2013 field season to assist with program logistics, and operations of RAs throughout the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts, as well as the Lake Tahoe Basin. GBI RAs work with federal, state and local land management agencies on a wide variety of field-based projects including wildlife monitoring, rare and invasive plant inventories, recreation use surveys, resource documentation (e.g., NEPA or SHPO), resource mapping and monitoring, arid lands and riparian restoration, wilderness monitoring and inventories, cultural resource surveys, trail assessments and travel management inventories, as well as
wildland fire monitoring. The RA Project Specialist works with the Program Director, and other GBI staff, to recruit and place Research Associates, coordinate project logistics and scheduling, as well as to ensure compliance with all AmeriCorps, grant, and agency rules and regulations. Project solicitation and grant writing is may also be a function of this position, thus excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Duties: Support logistical planning and recruitment for new and existing RA projects including interviews, developing scopes of work, equipment procurement, and orientation/training, communicate regularly with agency partners and Research Associates via phone and written correspondence regarding contract status, job satisfaction and administration, develop and maintain database of project deliverables and performance measures, gather, manage and process data needed to satisfy quarterly and annual reporting requirements, develop and/or adapt systems that enhance the success and satisfaction of RAs in the Program, collect, review and process GBI administrative paperwork, assist Program staff with program operations, maintenance and expansion, coordinate, collaborate with and assist other GBI programs as required, follow and enforce policies detailed in GBI Personnel Handbook and other duties as assigned.

Location and Timeline: GBI Headquarters in Reno, NV. Temporary assignment, with potential for extension pending performance review. Start Date: April 15, 2013 or upon availability, ending November 30th, 2013, renewable pending funding. Full time, a minimum of 40 hours per week. Available to work a varied schedule, including some weekends, evenings and/or holidays.

Compensation: Rate of Pay: $17.00 per hour, paid health/dental coverage and personal Leave benefits.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with coursework/ interest in and appreciation for natural or cultural resources, land management, and or environmental policy, experience with project management including scheduling, logistics, personnel management, staff recruitment and retention, and/or training, knowledge and experience utilizing the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Project) to manage, present and track Program information, preferred experience utilizing ArcGIS 10.0+ and hand-held GPS equipment to map and manage project data, desirable, ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience, strongly developed organizational skills and ability to self-motivate, willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office environment, valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity safely driving 4WD vehicles on pavement and off-road, ability to pass an FBI criminal background and National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOP)check. Applicants with advanced degrees and/or additional experience related to the following are highly encouraged to apply: marketing, advertising, public relations, or promotional materials, accounting or fiscal compliance for grants and/or contracts, operations of Great Basin Institute or similarly-sized non-profit organization, AmeriCorps or other national service program requirements (as a member or program staff).

How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, HR Coordinator, at the email address provided. No phone inquiries, please. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Reno, Nevada
Great Basin Institute
Amy Gladding, HR Coordinator