Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Outreach Interns: Nevada, Arizona

Great Basin Institute
Katherine’s Landing (Laughlin, NV/Bullhead City, AZ) Boulder City, NV
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
living stipend for the season in the amount of $6,550.00
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Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting interns to learn about and participate on multiple projects including resource management and education at LMNRA. During the main boating season (May-September), the intern will educate the boating public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and water safety, as well as gain skills and knowledge of natural and cultural resources in the LMNRA.

This position is assigned to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, one team will be located at Boulder City and the other will be located at Katherine Landing. This position will be performing a variety of duties including (1) facilitating visitor contacts to create understanding of park resources, aquatic invasive species, and boater safety and responsibility; (2) collecting data on water quality (e.g., water sampling); and (3) encourage visitors behavior to uphold the mission of the National Park Service.

This work schedule will generally work weekends, including holidays, working 10 hour work days. Approximately 75% of the interns time will be spent on a launch ramp and beaches talking with, and educating visitors on aquatic invasive species. This task will be spent outside in temperatures up to 110+ degrees. Although majority of the time will be spent on the launch ramps, this may also include leading conversations about AIS in the visitor center and/or attending community events representing the NPS. The other 25% of the time, will be assigned working with resources management (e.g. water sampling, data collection, inventory management), research on various natural resource topics.

Benefits/Experience Gained:
The AmeriCorps member will gain valuable experience in public speaking, customer service, volunteer engagement, hands-on experience with natural resource activities, and working independently. The member will learn about all aspects of education and natural resource management within the Lake Mead NRA. They will develop an extensive knowledge of a broad scope of conservation and resource management topics with respect to their service site.

Housing may be available at Katherine Landing

4 months - May, 2017 – September, 2017
Required Skills or Qualifications:
• Dedication to the position and the AmeriCorps Service Contract;
• Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
• Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
• Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
• Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desirable but not required;
• Some college education, desirable but not required;
• Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments;
• Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license;
• Willing to learn about general knowledge of LMNRA operations, the National Park Service mission, and the relationship of the park’s use and management program.
• Willing to learn about aquatic species threats, biology, transport and abatement.
• Willing to learn about the various laws, agency policies, rules, and regulations which apply to the protection of park resources and specific knowledge of the Federal, Park, and State laws pertaining to the transport of invasive species.
• Willing to learn about the natural and cultural resources of the park, (e.g., vegetation, wildlife communities, water resources, historic structure and artifacts), and the minimum impact and safety requirements for each permitted activity.
• Willing to learn about the types and extent of emergency operations which are carried out in the park and the skills and ability to apply, in a variety of emergency situations, the methods and techniques involved.
• Ability to take direction, communicate, and work with others as a member of a team.
• Ability to follow set procedures and systematic methods for a variety of tasks.
• Knowledge on safety and risk management procedures applicable to the position.
• Skill in meeting and dealing with people. Ability to deal professionally with a diverse range of people in a variety of situations, including maintaining a professional demeanor and using sound judgment when faced with stressful, controversial, unprecedented, and/or emergency situations that have the potential for reflecting negatively on the agency. Must know when to defer escalating situations to law enforcement, or next in line chain of command.
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Simone Maule
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