Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting (9) nine natural resource interns. The primary responsibility of the interns will be to provide outreach to visitors to Lake Mead regarding boat and water safety, and invasive quagga mussels, as well as general information about Lake Mead and the opportunities the NRA provides. Interns will provide logistic support at boat launches, especially during peak put-in and take-out times, to ensure visitors launch and take-out boats in an orderly fashion and with the hope of reducing wait times and greenhouse gas emissions from idling vehicles and boats. Training to provide immediate response to medical emergencies will also be provided.
Interns will also have the opportunity to learn about and participate on multiple projects including resource management, maintenance, administration and law enforcement at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The intern will gain skills associated with these activities as well as knowledge of natural and cultural resources in the LMNRA. This full-time position requires an ability to work outdoors during the intense heat of the summer months. The position is 40 hours a week, working weekends and holidays during the months of June, July, and August. Employees will be given two consecutive days off during the week.
Compensation and Timeline:
- Living Allowance: $9,500
- AmeriCorps Education Award*: $2,822
- Student Loan Forbearance**
- Paid Interest Accrual**
o 6-month position beginning in mid-March 2015
Lake Mead NRA (Boulder City, NV)
o Interest in and/or experience presenting information related to natural and water resources;
o Willingness and ability to work in harsh, ever-changing desert conditions, including extreme temperatures;
o Ability to stand for extended periods of time and maintain a positive attitude while interacting with the general public;
o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience; and
o Valid, state-issued drivers license.
- 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.