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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Education Specialist
Job Code:2019-RAP-032
Location:Bullhead
State:Arizona
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:4 Months
  

Job Description:

Position Summary:

Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Information Assistant to learn about and participate in activities focused on preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species by recreational watercraft. The Aquatic Invasive Species Education Specialist (Research Associate Program) will support projects related to interpretation and education with an emphasis on aquatic resource management within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Working with GBI and National Park Service personnel, this position will assist with outreach efforts, prevention, and mitigation related to aquatic invasives at the park.

This Research Associate position is based out of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This position will be performing a variety of duties including (1) Working as part of a diverse outreach team providing exceptional education messages about aquatic invasive species, water safety and park information to public audiences; (2) Facilitating visitor contacts to create understanding of park resources, aquatic invasive species, and boater safety and responsibility; (3) Providing assistance for interpretation activities; and (4) Encouraging visitors to uphold the mission of the National Park Service.

Primary Responsibilities:

Essential tasks and duties

  • Provide community members, visitors, and local constituents with information on park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources;
  • In cooperation with the NPS interpretive staff and GBI associates, assist with development and delivery of education and outreach materials and programs for targeted user groups with a focus on aquatic invasive species;
  • Assist NPS staff with roving, table talks, programming, developing and implementing interpretation materials including programming, social media posts, children's activities, table talk materials, and more;
  • Collect and organize visitor contact data using standardized procedures and equipment;
  • Ensure quality control of collected data;
  • Provide logistical support;

Related Responsibilities:

  • Perform work safely by adhering to all established safety procedures including daily check-in/check-out procedures;
  • Participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead National Recreation Area staff;
  • Professionally represent Great Basin Institute, partnering with Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the National Park Service, in the park and in the surrounding community;
  • Meet with NPS partners on a weekly basis; and
  • Assist with compiling related information for quarterly and annual reporting.

Contract Timeline:
• June 2019 or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation through September 22,2019;
• 40 hours per week; some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required.

Location:
This Research Associate position will be based out of the Katherine Landing area at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, in the transition of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. It hosts 7.5 million visitors per year. Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun and wind, and cold winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Rate of pay: $16.00/hour
• Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.

Job Qualifications:

Required Skills or Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related coursework and commensurate field experience, desired but not required;
  • Experience conducting interpretation, highly desirable;
  • Experience developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs and curricula, desired;
  • Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
  • Ability to interact professionally with a diverse range of people in a variety of situations, including maintaining a professional demeanor and using sound judgement when faced with stressful, controversial, unprecedented, and/or emergency situations that have the potential for reflecting negatively on the agency. Must know when to defer escalating situations to law enforcement, or next in line of chain of command;
  • Ability to speak Spanish conversationally, desired but not required;
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments;
  • Willing to learn about Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the National Park Service Mission;
  • Willingness to learn about aquatic species threats, biology, transport and abatement;
  • Willingness to learn about the various laws, agency policies, rules, and regulations which apply to the protection of park resources and specific knowledge of the Federal, Park, and State laws pertaining to the transport of invasive species;
  • Willingness to learn about the natural and cultural resources of the park, (e.g., vegetation, wildlife communities, water resources, historic structure and artifacts), and the minimum impact and safety requirements for each permitted activity;
  • Willingness to learn about the types and extent of emergency operations which are carried out in the park and the skills and ability to apply, in a variety of emergency situations, the methods and techniques involved;
  • Ability to take direction, communicate, and work with others as a member of a team;
  • Ability to follow set procedures and systematic methods for a variety of tasks;
  • Knowledge on safety and risk management procedures applicable to the position;
  • Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and
  • Ability to stand, stoop, lift, bend, and walk for extended periods of time in potentially adverse weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

Other Job Information (if applicable):

The Great Basin Institute conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.


EEO Statement
We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.