Overview

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 growing and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with staff who are passionate about their mission.

WBC currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets on multiple properties in the Walker Basin, including the Walker River State Recreation Area (parks.nv.gov/parks/walker-river). Land planning activities are underway and focus on assessing public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, and revegetation and restoration activities.

JOB PURPOSE
The Restoration Team Members will serve alongside other AmeriCorps members and WBC Conservation Technicians conducting primarily ecological restoration through invasive species removal and native plant re-vegetation within the Walker River Basin. Members may also work on native seed collection, native plant propagation, recreational trail construction, fence construction, and wildlife monitoring. 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.

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, and paddling
• Fishing, hunting, 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)
• Walker Lake (45 minutes away)
• Lake Tahoe (1.5 hours away)
• Yosemite National Park (via Tioga pass, 2.5 hours away)

Essential Functions
• Under the guidance of a WBC Technician:
o Utilizing hand and power tools to conduct native plant re-vegetation and restoration.
o Utilizing hand tools and backpack sprayers to conduct invasive plant removal and control.
o Utilizing hand and power tools to conduct road decommissioning, recreation trail construction, and sign/fence installation.
o Installing, maintaining, and operating a variety of irrigation

Tagged as: Conservation, Crew

Qualifications:

• Willingness and ability to:
o Work outside in unpredictable weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
o Work irregular hours, such as starting early or working more days with shorter hours, in accordance with project specific requirements and conditions.
o Bend and crouch for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy loads or equipment.
o Use hand and power tools, operate motor vehicles, and work long days on labor intensive projects.
o Use

About Walker Basin Conservancy

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 activities.

Application Instructions

All applicants must also submit an Employment Application Acknowledgement form that can be found on our website at: https://www.walkerbasin.org/join-our-team To Apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Miguel Gonzales [email protected] Subject Line: 9-, 6-, 3-, or 2-Month Restoration Team Member Please call or email Miguel Gonzales, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at (775) 463-9887 ext. 110 or [email protected] with questions.