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Posted: 04/24/2014

Great Basin Institute

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.

Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge Restoration and Biology Intern
Internship Opportunity
Moapa, NV
$3,500 living stipend + $1,468 ed award
Open Until

This member will be responsible for facilitating several key components of ecological restoration of wetland, riparian, & desert habitat at Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Clark County. The member will also implement or assist with a few biological activities such as inventory and monitoring species or habitats at Moapa Valley NWR.  The majority of tasks will be guided by the Refuge Manager, but performed independently by the member.  Specific tasks may include (but are not limited to):

Maintaining native plants through routine watering and replacement of plants in restored areas;

Repairing simple, above ground irrigation systems in restored areas;

Conducting photo monitoring of restored sites;

Performing invasive plant removal, primarily through hand removal or mechanical/equipment methods, in both aquatic/stream and terrestrial landscapes;

Conducting or assisting with basic biological activities (e.g., inventory and monitoring species or habitats) for wildlife resources using established protocols or methods;

Updating GIS data for restoration and biological data;

Completing necessary reporting of activities to the Great Basin Institute and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for databases or data calls; and

Implementing safety measures and using personal protective equipment as appropriate to achieve assigned tasks.


As a requirement of this position, the member will have access to government-furnished equipment; therefore the member must be 18 years of age or older.  Government-furnished equipment includes, but is not limited to, a vehicle, a computer, GPS units, camera, personal protective gear (such as boots, gloves, hat, etc.), and miscellaneous hand tools and equipment, to achieve the members duties.  Uniforms will not be provided. 


Location: The duty station for this position is located on Moapa Valley NWR, which is near the town of Moapa, and is approximately 60 miles north of Las Vegas. This is a hands-on, field-based position requiring the member to spend significant time in the field in hot, Mojave Desert conditions.  There are no full-time employees routinely at Moapa Valley NWR; thus, the member must be able to accomplish the above activities without daily guidance and oversight. The member must be responsible, motivated, and be able to work independently.


Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps volunteer position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $3,500 for the three-month time period. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-weekly throughout the entire contract period to assist with living expenses. Upon completion of AmeriCorps national service contract, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $1,468 that can be used for paying off student loans, or paying tuition or Cost of Attendance at a Title IV accredited college. Government housing is available on site. 


Timeline & Schedule: 450-hour (3-mo.) contract starting in May or upon availability. Full-time with some weekend service required.



Age 18 or older

Pursuing a degree, in a related field, at an accredited University or College;

At least 6 months of work experience, preferably field experience or working outdoors; 

Detail oriented and able to work independently with minimal supervision;

Motivated, responsible, self-starter; 

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in written form and work with supervisor;

Experience using or the ability to learn to use GPS equipment;

Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments; and

Possess and maintain a valid, clean, state-issued drivers license.


How to apply
To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Genevieve Parker, Human Resources Associate, at gparker@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please include how you heard about this position. Upon receipt, a representative from the NCC program will contact you for the next steps in the application process. All questions related to the interview and selection process may be sent to Genevieve. This AmeriCorps position is made possible by a generous grant from Nevada Volunteers. This program prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Genevieve Parker
Phone: 775-674-5479

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