Member will provide national service at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a host site for the Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program.
Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an AmeriCorps Interpretation and Education Outreach Intern to learn about and participate on multiple projects including interpretation and education as well as resource management at LMNRA. From December 2017 to April 2018 and September to December 2018 the intern will focus on interpretation and education outreach. From April 2018 to September 2018 the intern will serve as the lead for a team AmeriCorps members in educating 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. The Intern will participate in the full range of resource management and outreach efforts at LAKE, including the following projects and activities:
• Facilitate education and outreach; duties include: development and implementation of programs, lesson plans, and learning modules for education programs, schedule programs with local school groups, present materials to student groups and collect data associated with attendees, and educational impacts of presented lessons;
• Educate and inform visitors about the significance of the resources of the park, about the laws, rules, regulations relating to the protection of resources from AIS, and about operations of the park and safe use of the resources. Preserve the natural and cultural resources of the park by preventing the degradation, deterioration, and destruction of the ecosystems, scenery, wildlife, historical structures and artifacts through implementation of the park’s invasive species program.
• Develop and conduct presentations to volunteer groups about natural resource management practices within the recreation area;
• Provide community members, visitors, and local constituents with information on park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources; and
• Research scientific, historical, and technical resources to create interpretive programs using a variety of interpretive techniques including 21st Century Interpretive Skills.
• Duties are performed on or off site at locations designated by the park (e.g., visitor center, community events, marinas, and launch ramps).
• Performs work safely by adhering to all established safety procedures.
• Lead a team of AmeriCorps AIS interns responsible for educating visitors regarding the requirements both state and federal requirements for boater safety and the reasons for the regulations.
• Advise visitors concerning aquatic invasive species (AIS), water safety, resource protection, and proper use of facilities. Record visitor use patterns and their effect on the resources. Performs launch ramp, marina, and beach roves informing boater of AIS and educates on the prevention of the spread of AIS to other bodies of water. Informs law enforcement of non-compliant boaters.
• Professionally interact with a variety of people including the visiting public, park colleagues, and staff from park partner and permittee organizations.
• Informs visitors about park facilities and resources. Provides visitors with information concerning points of interest, travel routes, historical and natural features and park activities.
• Staff launch ramps as part of the AIS team including establishing schedules for team.
• Provide logistical support for the AIS intern team.
• Assist host site supervisor with AIS team member management including policy enforcement, conflict resolution, and mediation.
The required work is often performed in remote sections of the park and at locations distant from the supervisor. The AmeriCorps Interpretation and Education Outreach Intern must be able to work without direct supervision and to adjust work schedules, guidelines, and assignments independently.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City, NV
This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend for the season in the amount of $21,000.00. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $5,815.00 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
• November/December 2017 – November/December 2018
• Full-time, 40 hours per week. This position will require long days and weekend work.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Education, Education or Life Sciences such as: Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources, or related subject;
• Educational background and/or experience in aquatic biology, limnology, fisheries or related field (beneficial but not required);
• Experience developing and conducting effective environmental educational programs, including public outreach materials;
• Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with the public, coworkers, and Technical Advisors both orally and in writing, and respond in a professional manner to inquiries from the public regarding work activities;
• Experience in leading and directing diverse groups including volunteers, interns and colleagues;
• Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desirable but not required;
• Familiarity with the biology of aquatic mollusks and associated natural resource issues of invasive species, desired;
• Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and communicate effectively with a diverse public;
• Motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter that has the flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities and possesses strong organizational skills; and
• Dedication to the position and the AmeriCorps Service Contract
Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to BLM human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position.
• Ability to work in remote, harsh, rapidly changing environments and in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and be in overall good physical condition;
• Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection;
• Experience driving 4WD vehicles on paved and un-paved roads;
• Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
• Pose a reliable vehicle for personal transportation (work vehicle will be provided);
• Pass required criminal background checks; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2017-ACI-004