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Posted: 04/14/2014

The Great Basin Institute
Galena Creek Recreation Area

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.

Summer Environmental Educator
Internship Opportunity
Reno, NV
Open Until
Until Filled

Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Camp comprises eight weeks of theme-based activities that capitalize on the unique natural setting of Galena Creek Park and the Sierra Nevada region. Themes include natural and cultural history topics that allow children to experience the outdoors through hands-on games, hikes, guided activities, field trips, guest presenters, and simple exploration and play. As the only fully outdoor environmental summer camp in Reno, our goal is to provide local youth with opportunities to experience the outdoors in a safe, fun, nurturing and engaging setting.  Campers are ages 8-12 and Teen Leadership Academy enrollees are ages 13-17.  Position includes one week of training followed by five weeks of residential camp and three weeks of day camp.


Compensation and Benefits: This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a weekly stipend of $200.   Upon successful completion of a 300-hour AmeriCorps service term, members shall receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $1,175 that can be used for paying off student loans, or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Shared, on-site housing is available.  A first aid/CPR course will be offered during the week of training.


Timeline: June 9, 2014 August 8, 2014 


Qualifications: College level coursework preferred in education or the natural sciences, strong communication and interpersonal skills, background working with elementary aged children and/or in natural history, campfire skills (song leading, guitar, storytelling) desirable, enthusiasm and commitment to youth outdoor education, ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, and otherwise maintain good physical condition. Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:

1.U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status.

2.Must be at least 17 years of age.

3.Received a high school diploma or GED (or be willing to achieve this before using education award).

4.Eligible to receive and AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime or equivalent of 2 full-time awards), and

5.Pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

How to apply
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their resume, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding at agladding@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.
Amy Gladding

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