Employment and Interns
Friends of Black Rock-High Rock offers employment opportunities to work in a unique western environment. Every year we are working to make a difference in wildlife preservation, habitat restoration, trail repair and outdoor educational programs, with an ultimate goal of fostering future stewardship for this unique landscape.
Conservation Project & Outreach Coordinator
This is an AmeriCorps position that offers a monthly stipend and education award. It is 900 hours/full-time, six-month seasonal position, ending August 31, 2020. Position starts ASAP.
Position Summary: The Conservation Project and Outreach Coordinator will manage and direct conservation activities, recruit and manage volunteers and conduct outreach for stewardship projects. In addition, the member will assist the Executive Director with stewardship and educational projects and events throughout the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA) and surrounding areas.
This position is located in Gerlach, Nevada. Night and weekend work is sometimes required. Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (weekends often involved in exchange for weekdays off).
The workload for this position will be split between time spent in the Visitor Center/Office and work in the field. This position will not be responsible for the cash register or any monetary transactions.
Primary Responsibilities: Identify outreach opportunities, participate in volunteer-based events; educate the public about the Black Rock Desert region, which includes assisting visitors at the Visitor’s Center in Gerlach providing maps and information about the region; support a variety of conservation projects and events within the NCA including scientific monitoring programs to achieve organizational conservation objectives; media outreach including composing articles for website and e-newsletter; updating social media; posting projects and events to local outlets; assist with event planning and execution.
Related Responsibilities: Promote FBRHR, the NCA and Americorp in a positive manner at all times as a point of contact with the public; assist in training volunteers on proper protocols and procedures; develop creative solutions to enhance volunteerism; maintain a safe organized and professional work environment.
Required Knowledge: You should enjoy the outdoors and camping and have a willingness to work in inclement weather,; be self-motivated; have ability to multi-task, possess excellent communication skills – including public speaking, presentation and written communication; have strong organizational skills; and have the physical ability to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 30 pounds. You should possess flexibility regarding work service as some weekends will be required; a valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and basic computer skills are also required.
Required Academic: GED/high school diploma. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award.
AmeriCorps member is eligible to receive a living allowance of $1229.16 per month; and is eligible to receive a post-service education award upon successful completion of service of $3,047.50. Health care and child care are available for eligible members. Student loan forbearance and interest payments, if the member qualifies and professional development opportunities are available.
AmeriCorps member will receive CPR and Wilderness First Aid training.
*Note: The AmeriCorps member responsibilities require a flexible schedule to be determined weekly and monthly with their supervisor