Cultural Resources Program Coordinator- Reno, NV Full-time/Permanent

Miranda Montes

Job Title: Cultural Resources Program Coordinator
Location: Reno, NV
Contract Length: Over 12 Months

Job Description: 

Great Basin Institute, founded at the University of Nevada Reno in 1998, is a mission-driven non-profit organization headquartered in the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. GBI has been a leader in the conservation stewardship field for over two decades, supporting thousands of individuals pursuing a career in public land management or advancing their academic standing. An interdisciplinary field studies organization, GBI promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy, professional development, and natural/cultural/recreation resource management through educational outreach and direct service programs. Partnering with federal, state and local governments, as well as other NGOs and researchers, GBI supports projects in eleven western states ranging from Alaska to New Mexico, and southern California to northwestern Wyoming. The Great Basin Institute (GBI), 

GBI’s Cultural Resources Program seeks up to two (2) Program Coordinators to support program logistics, operations, and management of GBI Research Associates and AmeriCorps Members. Participants work with federal, state and local land management agencies on a wide variety of field-based projects including: survey; testing; artifact analysis; environmental documentation; processing archival, museum and library collections; tribal consultation; and report preparation. The Cultural Resources Program Coordinator works under the direction of the Cultural Resources Program Manager / Administrator and with other GBI staff to recruit, place and manage Research Associates and AmeriCorps Members; coordinate project logistics and scheduling; perform payroll, expense-report and other administrative duties; engage with agency project partners to develop and maintain positive partnerships; as well as to ensure compliance with grant and agency rules and regulations. This is primarily an office-based position, though travel to visit field teams, conduct field training or orientation, or to participate in management meetings may be required.

The Cultural Resources Program Coordinator will encounter a variety of opportunities for professional development, including gaining insight to the operational policies and procedures of a regional conservation non-profit organization, exposure to a spectrum of environmental resource management positions and approaches for supporting them, strengthening interactive skills through communication with diverse professional staff, and ability to effectively support the success of a mission-driven enterprise. Drawing up on previous cultural resource experience, the Coordinator duties include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Coordinate recruitment and logistical planning for new and existing projects/positions by understanding scopes of work, reviewing applications, conducting interviews, procuring equipment, and supporting orientation/training;
  • Communicate regularly with program participants and agency partners via phone and written correspondence regarding position status, performance, work satisfaction, and administration;
  • Collaborate with Program staff and agency project partners to develop and enhance new and existing projects, including developing scopes of work and project cost estimates;
  • Maintain databases for tracking program members, project deliverables, and performance measures;
  • Gather, manage and process data needed to satisfy quarterly and annual reporting requirements;
  • Develop, adapt and apply systems that enhance the success and satisfaction of participants in the program;
  • Collect, review and process GBI administrative forms, including timesheets, payroll and expense reports, and time-off requests;
  • Collaborate extensively and assist program staff with program operations, maintenance and expansion;
  • Collaborate with and assist other GBI programs as needed;
  • Follow and enforce policies detailed in the GBI Personnel Handbook; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Degree and/or experience in Anthropology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or closely related field
Experience (at least 1 year) with project management, including scheduling, logistics, personnel management, recruitment and retention, and/or training;
Familiarity and alignment with mission-driven nonprofit organizations strongly preferred;
Interest and experience in cultural resource management;
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 (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Project) to manage, present and track program information;
Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with diverse audiences;
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 programmatic goals and objectives and the mission of GBI;
Willingness to travel occasionally to conduct site visits at service locations;
Valid, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity with safe-driving practices, preferred; and
Ability to pass an FBI criminal background and National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) check.

Based at GBI offices in Reno or Las Vegas, NV

Compensation and Benefits: 
Salary: $35,000-$40,000 annually, DOE
Health insurance (medical, dental, vision, prescription) coverage - $400 monthly premiums paid 100% by GBI
Paid vacation (up to 4 hours per two-week pay period), sick time (up to 40 hours annually), and holidays
Retirement plan option with 4% employer match (fully vested on day 1)

Please apply online here. 

Cara Montes (she/her) 

Great Basin Institute
Recruitment and Compliance Coordinator 

The Great Basin Institute advances environmental research, education, and service throughout the west.  The institute promotes applied research and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships to support national parks, forests, open spaces and public lands.

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