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Naturalist and Environmental Educator
Job Code:2019-GCVC-005
Program:AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length:8 Months

Job Description:
  • Deliver near-daily environmental education curriculum to students and youth (ages 2-17) both in the field and occasionally in the classroom.
  • Assist 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, and cohesive structure that are consistently appropriate for the activity and the audience.
  • Communicate effectively and develop relationships with participating teachers, parents and chaperones.
  • Assist with monthly education programs based out of the visitor center including Toddler Time, Homeschool, and miscellaneous events as needed.
  • Enforce school and camp policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Recognize and respond effectively to emergencies.
  • May require the driving of an 11-passenger van
  • 2-5 overnight camping trips required.
  • Camps include Spring Break Camp, Summer Camp, and Fall Break Camp. Summer Camp includes five weeks of 24 hr/day, Monday-Friday residence at WeChMe Lodge. You will be given daily breaks and one night off a week. Residential and Extended-Day School Field Studies entail 10 hour days and occur as booked.
  • On occasion, assist with staffing the GCVCinformation desk, providing customer service, and assisting in daily upkeep of the GCVC

Contract Timeline:
Timeline: 33-week position beginning March 2nd and extending through October 16th

Galena Creek Visitor Center, Reno, Nevada

Compensation and Benefits:
• This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a stipend of $250 per week (before taxes).
• Upon successful completion of the AmeriCorps service term, members shall receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $4,266.50 that can be applied towards qualifying student loans, tuition for Title IV accredited colleges, and other educational expenses.
• Limited health, dental and vision insurance premiums will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.
• Shared, on-site housing is available at no charge.
• Trainings and mentoring provided include but are not limited to: First aid and CPR certification.

Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in education or the natural sciences;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience working with K-12 children;
  • Campfire skills (song leading, playing of musical instrument, 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.
  • Ability to hike between 2 and 5 miles in a single day.
  • Applicant must be comfortable working a varied schedule where some days will be longer than 8-hrs, some shorter.
  • Looking for applicants who are flexible, adaptable, and optimistic.
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:
  1. 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.

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