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Research Associate Project Specialist – Reno, NV

Organization: The Great Basin Institute

Position Title: Research Associate Project Specialist

Location: Reno, NV

Hours & Compensation: Full-time, minimum of 40 hours/week. $15.00/hour plus benefits.

Position Dates: Start immediately, ending November 30, 2013; renewable pending funding.

Application Deadline: None posted.

Posted On: April 16, 2013.

Organization Overview:

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 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, invasive plant inventories, recreation use surveys, resource mapping and monitoring, restoration, wilderness monitoring and inventories, cultural resource surveys, travel management inventories, as well as wildland fire monitoring. The RA Project Specialist works with GBI staff, to recruit and place Research Associates, coordinate project logistics and scheduling, assist with payroll, as well as to ensure compliance with all AmeriCorps, grant, and agency rules and regulations. Project solicitation and grant writing may also be a function of this position, thus excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.


  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelors degree in business, finance, accounting, or other closely related field. Degrees in natural resources sciences may also be considered.
  • Strong 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
  • Familiarity with environmental research, education, restoration
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Project) to manage, present, and track program information
  • 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 (NSOPR) check
  • Applicants with advanced degrees and/or additional experience related to the following are highly encouraged to apply: 1) marketing, advertising, public relations, or promotional materials; 2) accounting or fiscal compliance for grants and/or contracts; 3) operations of Great Basin Institute or similarly sized non-profit organizations; and 4) 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 [email protected].  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.

Contact Information:

The Great Basin Institute,

16750 Mt. Rose Hwy., Reno, NV 89511

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