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Naturalist/Environmental Educator (8-month)

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Company Name Great Basin Institute
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Directory Entry : Conservation jobs with The Great Basin Institute. The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West
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Naturalist/Environmental Educator (8-month)

Great Basin Institute at Galena Environmental Science Camps and Field Study Programs 

The Great Basin Institute at Galena is seeking two Naturalist/Environmental Educators for an eight-month period (35 weeks) beginning March 1, 2015 and ending October 31, 2015.


  •          Great Basin Institute at Galena’s Environmental Science Field Studies and Camps comprise eight months 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 discovery-based, STEM and environmental education.
  •         Programs include school field study programs, both day and residential, and school break camps, also day and residential.  School Field Studies curriculum is based on STEM education and Next Generation Science Standards. School Break Camps include hands-on games, hikes, guided activities, field trips, guest presenters, and simple exploration and play.
  •          As the only fully outdoor environmental science field study program in Reno, our goal is to provide local youth with opportunities to experience the outdoors in a safe, fun, nurturing and engaging setting, and to provide academic, STEM education support to educators.

Compensation and Benefits:

  •          This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a stipend of $7,000.   Upon successful completion of the AmeriCorps service term, members shall receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $2,822 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: March 2, 2015 – October 30, 2015

Position Details:

  •          Deliver environmental education curriculum to students and youth both in the field and in the classroom.
  •         Assist Program Coordinator in the development and enhancement of curriculum for day and residential outdoor education school field studies.
  •         Assist in assuring the safety of students and campers .
  •          Present clear, well-organized educational programs that exemplify professional delivery, thematic development, cohesive structure that are consistently appropriate for the activity and the audience.
  •          Communicate effectively and develop relationships with participating teachers, parents and chaperones.
  •          Review and evaluate the technical accuracy, effectiveness and public approval of the interpretive programs and devise and apply measures for program improvement.
  •          Assist with staffing GCVC  information desk, providing customer service, and assisting in daily upkeep of GCVC


  •          College level coursework in education or the natural sciences;  Bachelor’s Degree preferred;
  •          Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  •          Background working with K-12 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 state 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.

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