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Posted: 09/17/2013

Great Basin Institute
Nevada Conservation Corps

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.

California Trail Interpretive Center AmeriCorps Intern
Internship Opportunity
Elko, NV
$8,000 living allowance + $2,000 housing
Open Until
Until Filled

Supervisor: Lisa Dittman Supervisory Park Ranger


California Trail Interpretive Center (Trail Center) is located 8 miles west of Elko, Nevada, just off I80. The Trail Center is administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Elko District Office. Work will be performed inside the Trail Center, on the center grounds, and at various locations in the region including on some remote and rugged California Trail segments. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in historic interpretation and all aspects of Interpretive/Visitor Center operations.


The mission of the California Trail Center is to interpret the California Trail experience, its related themes, and provide educational and cultural enrichment to the general public. Through interpretation the Trail Center will contribute to the appreciation and preservation of historic and cultural sites and, by forging strong community partnerships, enhance sustainable tourism in the region.

This position is seeking young persons interested in gaining professional development and experience in visitor outreach,interpretation, and public history.


This is a 900-hour (6-month) position, minimum of 40 hours per week, with the possibility of extensions in 900-hour (6-month) increments. The position opens the fall of 2013.

Number of Positions: One (1)

Primary Duties:

Monitor/station the front informational desk at the center, and provide information about the center to visitors and callers;

Present formal and informal interpretative programs;

Present costumed interpretation both in third and first person;

Facilitate environmental and historic curriculum-based education programs, and develop additional educational programs;

Assist in graphic design and informational material development (brochures, bulletins, etc); and

Coordinate site visits with educators and tour groups.

Secondary Duties:

Assist in exhibit and grounds maintenance;

Assist with creation of standard operating procedures;

Coordinate volunteer events and trainings

Assist with fundraising operations through the Trail Center book store and potential grant applications.

Assist with event planning

Related Duties:

Participate in host site meetings and trainings when appropriate;

Serve as a positive ambassador for the Trail Center, Great Basin Institute (GBI), and AmeriCorps; and

Collect and report performance measurement data for The Trail Center and GBI.


Must be between ages of 17-25 for entire contract;

Knowledge or interest in American history;

Knowledge of American pioneer-era skills and crafts;

How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants forward a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker, Human Resource Coordinator at gparker@thegreatbasininstitute.org This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Genevieve Parker
Phone: 7023314140
3903 Raymert Dr.

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