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The Great Basin Institute’s Research Associate (RA) Program seeks a Coordinator to support program logistics, operations, and management of RAs in Nevada and other western states. The Great Basin Institute (GBI), is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. GBI RAs work with federal, state, and local land management agencies on a wide variety of projects including wildlife monitoring, invasive plant inventories, recreation use surveys, resource mapping, restoration, cultural resource surveys, as well as other resource management initiatives. The RA Program Coordinator works with GBI staff to recruit, place, and manage Research Associates, coordinate project logistics and scheduling, perform payroll and other administrative duties, as well as to ensure compliance with all grant and agency rules and regulations. Promotion of the RA Program and grant/report writing may also be a function of this position.
- Coordinating recruitment and logistical planning for new and existing projects and positions by understanding scopes of work, reviewing applications, conducting interviews, procuring equipment, and supporting orientation/training;
- Developing, adapting, and applying systems that enhance the success and satisfaction of RAs in the program;
- Maintaining databases for tracking program members, project deliverables, and performance measures;
- Gathering, managing, and processing data needed to satisfy quarterly and annual reporting requirements;
- Communicating regularly with Research Associates and agency partners regarding position status, performance, work satisfaction, and administration;
- Collecting, reviewing, and processing administrative forms, including timesheets and expense reports;
- Collaborating extensively with and assisting program staff with program operations, maintenance, and expansion; and
- Following and enforcing policies detailed in the GBI Personnel Handbook.
Research Associates and Interns are placed throughout the Southwest, and therefore, overnight travel may be required to conduct meetings and trainings. Working out of the Las Vegas Field Office also provides opportunities to support other projects like Desert Tortoise Monitoring, Ecological/AIM Monitoring, and the Nevada Conservation Corps.
The RA Program Coordinator may encounter a variety of opportunities for professional development, including gaining insight to the operational policies and procedures of a mid-sized environmental non-profit organization, exposure to a spectrum of environmental resource management positions and approaches for supporting them, and strengthening interactive skills through communication with diverse professional staff.
- Bachelor’s degree and experience (at least 1 year) with project management, including scheduling, logistics, personnel management, recruitment and retention, and/or training;
- Previous employment with GBI not required, although desired;
- Familiarity and alignment with mission-driven nonprofit organizations, strongly preferred;
- Strong interest in and appreciation of natural, cultural and/or recreation resources, land management, and/or environmental policy;
- Ability to learn new database systems and follow procedural documents (e.g., payroll review procedures);
- Attention to detail, and ability to audit extensive data systems;
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access) 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, and to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the goals and objectives of the RA Program and the mission of GBI;
- Willingness to travel occasionally to conduct site visits at RA service locations in Nevada and other western states;
- Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity with safely driving 4WD vehicles on pavement and on unimproved roads, preferred; and
- Ability to pass a FBI criminal background and National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) check.