Open Space Management Technician

Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

About the organization

The Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Program (Parks Program) is part of the Washoe County Community Services Department. The Parks Program mission is to provide exceptional parks, open space and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical, and cultural resources. The Parks Program is responsible for managing over 13,000 acres of parks, trails, and open space, including some of the most popular parks in the area. These resources take advantage of the county’s natural wonders and provide the region with an economic benefit that attracts new visitors while providing quality of life benefits that are treasured by the community, making this area a unique place to work and live.


The AmeriCorps Open Space Management Technician will assist Parks staff in implementing the Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Integrated Vegetation Management Plan, assist with researching and cataloguing trail and public access easements, and assist with archiving park files. Implementation of the Integrated Vegetation Management Plan may include the following duties: data collection (site conditions, invasive plant identification and mapping), invasive plant removal, native plant establishment through seeding/planting, temporary irrigation installation and maintenance, site monitoring, spatial data entry and map creation using ArcGIS, public education and outreach, and working with volunteer groups. This position will play a key role in establishing an Integrated Vegetation Management Program for Parks and supporting future recreation planning efforts.


Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resource Management, or a related field OR previous experience as a field technician;
● High degree of initiative and spirit of service;
● Exceptional communication skills;
● Strong writing skills;
● Exceptional organizational skills;
● Preferred: Knowledge of Great Basin and wetland plant species;
● Preferred: Noxious weed identification skills;
● Preferred: Experience with ArcGIS software;
● Preferred: Experience in data collection.


In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $16,000/year, health benefits during their service, and will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,345.00.

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