Environment Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Education Specialist
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 natural resource management 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 the Katherine Landing area 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 limited assistance for resource management activities (e.g., water sampling); and (4) Encouraging visitors to uphold the mission of the National Park Service.
Essential tasks and duties
• Conduct education and outreach activities related to aquatic invasive species with targeted user groups in coordination with park staff;
• 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 park education technician, lead RA and NPS staff, assist with development of materials and programs for targeted user groups related to aquatic invasive species;
• Observe and evaluate natural resource conditions;
• Collect and organize field data using standardized procedures and equipment;
• Ensure quality control of collected data;
• Support the preparation of draft project reports, including literature research, descriptions of methods, preliminary data analysis, graphs and charts;
• Provide logistical support;
• Provide assistance on other resource management projects, as needed.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
This Research Associate position will be based out of the Katherine Landing area of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This area of the park is close to the cities of Laughlin, NV, and Bullhead City, AZ. 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.
Work may be performed on weekends and holidays. The majority of work is conducted during daylight hours. A majority of time will be spent outside on a launch ramps, marinas, and beaches talking with, and educating visitors on aquatic invasive species. This task will be spent outside in temperatures that can reach upwards of 110+ degrees. Although the majority of the time will be spent outdoors in the park, this may also include leading conversations about AIS in the visitor center and/or attending community events representing the National Park Service. Additional tasks include collecting visitor use statistics (e.g. trailer counts), entering visitor contact data, compiling data, and assisting in reporting outreach and educational activities. Over the course of the internship there may be limited opportunities to assist with natural resource management projects (e.g. water sampling, data collection), and research activities.
How to ApplyPlease follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=UNLV&req=2019-RAP-032 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.
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