The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, is recruiting Environmental Education and Volunteer Program Specialists for the public lands of Southern Nevada. The specialists will work collaboratively with five Federal agencies (FWS, NPS, BLM, USFS and Reclamation) and their partners as part of a unique programming collaboration. Positions offer an unparalleled opportunity to build programming, work closely with partners, manage complex projects, and gain experience working with five agencies. This is a great next step for candidates ready to move into project and program management. Programming will focus mainly on recreation, environmental education and volunteer management.
Job duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Develop and conduct formal interpretive programs and informal interpretation.
• Develop and conduct curriculum-based environmental education programs.
• Prepare and conduct teacher training and orientation programs.
• Develop content for non-personal interpretive material such as brochures, exhibits, and signs. Design products using standard graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign.
• Develop content for social media, websites, and other electronic platforms. Maintain websites and social media pages.
• Develop and implement annual outreach plan. Coordinate and staff outreach events.
• Develop and plan single-day and multi-day (overnight) volunteer stewardship events.
• Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers at stewardship events.
• Coordinate volunteer work projects and activities with partners.
• Develop annual work plan for projects, programs and outreach. Evaluate programs at least once per year.
• Develop and maintain working relationships with community organizations, nonprofits, State, County and Federal agency partners.
• All programming development and implementation will be done in close collaboration with the Federal agencies and their partners.
• Work in close cooperation with Refuge staff in all aspects of work duties.
GBI and the USFWS are recruiting two specialists to support the work described through GBI’s Research Associate (RA) Program. One Research Associate will focus on aspects of the project related to environmental education programming development, initiating and supporting strong partnerships with schools and other organizations, and working in close collaboration with the interagency team. The second Research Associate will focus on volunteer program management and development, recruitment and outreach, and volunteer events.
• Rate of pay: Up to $23.00 per hour
• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you
• Paid leave and holidays
• Option to enroll in a 401k with GBI matching
• November 2020 for a 1-year duration; likely to extend pending available funding and positive performance review
• Full time, 40 hours per week; weekend hours will be required
• Minimal overtime may be required for events and/or special projects
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex includes the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Ash Meadows NWR, Moapa Valley NWR, and Pahranagat NWR. These refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region and have a related purpose and management needs. The specialists will eventually have office space at the Refuge Complex headquarters, located at 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130.
In addition to the scenic desert beauty at the Refuges, there are several other recreation and natural setting opportunities to explore close by. Death Valley National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and more are within a few hours driving distance and afford a variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing to fishing, boating and skiing/snowboarding.
• Bachelor’s degree in education or related coursework and commensurate field experience;
• Experience recruiting, training and/or managing volunteers;
• Experience conducting interpretation, highly desirable;
• Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of the Mojave Desert (preferable) or desert ecosystems and natural/cultural resources, desirable;
• Experience developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs and curricula;
• Experience creating interpretive materials (e.g.: pamphlets, posters) or displays;
• Knowledge of and/or experience developing multi-media programs, desirable;
• Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented and capable of working with little direct supervision to develop and present programs;
• Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
• Willingness to commit (pending performance and funding) to the full duration of the project, desired;
• Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
• Ability to speak Spanish conversationally, desirable but not required;
• Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; and
• Possess valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license.