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Posted: 03/05/2014

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
Supervisor: Lisa Dittman Supervisory Park Ranger Number of Positions: 2 Description: 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. These positions participate in day-to-day operations of the California Trail Interpretive Center. Specific tasks include presenting formal and informal interpretative programs, costumed interpretation both in third and first person, environmental and historic curriculum-based education programs, event planning, and exhibit and grounds maintenance. Interns assist with graphic design, development of brochures, site bulletins and standard operating procedures, volunteer coordination and with operation of the Trail Center book store.   Compensation: These are AmeriCorps position, and members will receive a living stipend of $8,000 total as well as a living stipend amounting to $2,000 total. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-weekly throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,775 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college or program. Training: Trail Center staff will provide supervision and interpretive training. Safety, CPR, and First Aid training is mandatory. Training will be provided on the BLM mission and procedures. The opportunity will be available to learn budgeting and procurement. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of interpretive/visitor center operations. Equipment: The Trail Center will provide work space, internet access and a laptop computer. Period costumes and props are available. The Trail Center has a small research library on-site.   Contract Length: These are 900-hour (6-month) positions, minimum of 40 hours per week, with the possibility of extensions in 900-hour (6-month) increments. Ideally, the positions will begin by April 15, 2014, but the start date is flexible. Location: 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. Qualifications: * Knowledge of, or interest in, American history, historic research, and pioneer skills and crafts; * Must be a skilled communicator both orally and in writing with a knowledge of, or interest in, interpretive techniques; * Knowledge of graphic design is helpful; * Must enjoy working with children and adults; and * Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) must be at least 17 years of age and a have received a high school diploma or GED (or be willing to achieve this before using education award), (3) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (4) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal/state criminal background checks.
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How to apply
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a letter explaining their interest and qualifications for this position, along with a current resume and list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker at gparker@gbinstitute.org. These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from Nevada Volunteers. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Genevieve Parker

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