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Visitor Center Associate
Job Code:2019-GBI-007
Location:South Lake Tahoe
State:California
Program:Great Basin Institute
Contract Length:3 Months
  

Job Description:

Join Great Basin Institute and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management to support public outreach at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe.  Learn valuable natural history skills and support visitor center operations while earning an education award for tuition or student loans.  This is an excellent opportunity for an emerging professional to learn public outreach aspects of visitor services on public lands.

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center (TCVC) serves as the only visitor center for 154,000 acre National Forest Lands surrounding Lake Tahoe. The site staff offer the following services: recreational opportunity information, wilderness permits, and interpretive programs from walks to amphitheater programs for the general public, children, and special groups on subjects related to the natural history of Lake Tahoe. Over 150,000 people entered the Visitor Center during the 2019 operating season, with approximately 650,000 visitors on site annually. Taylor Creek is located just outside the city limits of South Lake Tahoe, CA and operated within Public Services at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) of the Forest Service (FS). The USDA Forest Service is dedicated to ‘Caring for the land and serving the people.’

Job Description and Duties:

  • Provide information to the public, lead interpretive programs and deliver conservation education messaging;
  • Respond to visitors on the phone and in writing;
  • Support the store operations, including receiving, tracking of inventory, and maintaining sufficient store merchandise;
  • Support work weekend, holiday and evening shifts.

Contract Timeline:
• 3 month: June 3, 2019 - August 30, 2019

Dates can be flexible so don't hesitate to contact us!

Location:
Location and Hours:
• Taylor Creek Visitor Center, South Lake Tahoe, CA
• Hours: 40 hrs per week

Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend dependent on their length of service. The living stipend is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. The stipend is paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award also dependent on the length of service that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

• 3 month (450 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $4,400 living stipend (approximately $700 every two weeks before taxes)


Education Award:
Upon successful completion of your term you will be given access to your Segal Education award which can be used for Title IV university/college tuition or to pay for federal student loans. The education award is only considered taxable income on the day you use the award.

• 3 month (450 hour) AmeriCorps service term: $1,566.14

USFS Barrack Housing Available:
On-Site USFS Barrack Housing is available during the term of service. Member will be responsible for paying daily rent fee of $8.50/day directly to USFS.

Trainings:
• First Aid & CPR certification

Other Benefits:

Insurance:
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.

Loan Forbearance:
If you are currently paying on any federal student loans you have the option to put those loans into forbearance during your time as an AmeriCorps volunteer, that will allow you to cease payments while serving.

Interest Accrual Repayment:
As AmeriCorps alum, you are eligible to have the National Service Trust pay all or a portion of the interest that accumulated on your qualified student loan(s) during your term of service. These payments are made in addition to the Education Award, and are not deducted from your Education Award balance. To be eligible to have accrued interest paid: The loan must have been placed in forbearance for the service period, and you must have successfully completed a term of service and received an Education Award.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility:
AmeriCorps Volunteers qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Nevada Conservation Corps will provide you documentation in proving that you qualify for SNAP.

Educational Affiliation Agreements (College Credit):
The Nevada Conservation Corps will take part in Affiliation Agreements with your university in order to allow you to receive college credit hours for your term of service.

Job Qualifications:

Qualifications:

  • Recreation, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Environmental Sciences, Customer Service, Education, and students from related fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Willingness to work on variable projects under a variety of conditions, including working outdoors.
  • Interest in outdoor recreation and natural history is desirable, specific training will be provided as part of the internship.
  • Applicant must be comfortable with public speaking and working outdoors.

Other Job Information (if applicable):

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.


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.