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Posted: 12/16/2013

Great Basin Institute
Galena Creek Visitor Center

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.

AmeriCorps Youth Environmental Education Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Reno, NV
$16,250 living stipend; $5,550 AmeriCorp


The AmeriCorps Youth Environmental Education Coordinator is responsible for implementation of Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Exploration Studies at the Galena Creek Visitor Center. 

The Great Basin Naturalists program provides environmental, discovery-based programs through school field trips and school break camps: day camp and residential.

This position will serve as an AmeriCorps member with the Great Basin Institute and will work collaboratively with Washoe County School District, Nevadas Regional Professional Development Program, US Forest Service and Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in environmental and cultural interpretation, curriculum development, collaboration with education institutions, and visitor center operations while serving at one of the regions premiere visitor destinations.


This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $16,250 for the year. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members bi-monthly throughout the entire year. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $5,550 that can be used for paying off student loans, or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college. Housing and utilities and health and dental insurance are provided.

Timeline:January 1, 2014 through December 23, 2014

Primary Duties:

·         Implement ongoing Great Basin Naturalists curriculum-based interpretive programming about the natural, geological and cultural history of the vicinity for on-site and school-based programs for K high school groups;

·         Develop new curriculum-based programs that reflect the  natural, cultural and historical themes of Galena Creek Recreation Area;

·         Lead the team in coordinating and implementing Great Basin Naturalists Summer Camp, and other school break camps, and ensuring the success and safety of the 2014 school break camp program;

·         Assist in coordinating the Summer Teen Leadership Academy, a counselor-in-training program for youth ages 13 - 17;

·         Help facilitate and coordinate involvement with environmental community events and provide environmental activities for the public;

·         Collect and report performance measurement data for GCVC and GBI;

·         Participate in Galena Creek Visitor Center team meetings and special training events

Secondary Duties:

·         Assist at the Galena Creek Visitor Center when requested to answer phone and in-person inquiries, open and close the visitor center, daily center upkeep, and provide interpretive information to visitors;

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


·         This position will require working on some weekends and holidays;

·         This position will have seasonal variability, with the summer months having the potential for longer service days


·         Experience developing and implementing environmental-based curriculum required.

·         Experience with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards is desirable.

·         Experience interacting with children of all ages and t

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How to apply
Applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Gwendolyn Bourne (gbourne@thegreatbasininstitute.org). Please include where you found this position posted. These AmeriCorps positions are made possible by a generous grant from Nevada Volunteers. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Person with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include service or duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee who recently resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to a reduction in work force, or an employee who is on leave.
Gwendolyn Bourne
Phone: 7756745497
16750 Mt. Rose Hwy.
Ste. 101
Reno, NV 89511

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