The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is an interdisciplinary non-profit organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. Founded in 1998 at the University of Nevada, the Institute’s mission is to advance applied research and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships to support national parks, forests, open spaces and public lands. The Great Basin Institute enhances community engagement through our Interpretative Association status at the Galena Creek Visitor Center (GCVC), a USDA Forest Service facility jointly managed by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. The Galena Creek Visitor Center, located just 30 minutes from the Lake Tahoe Basin and within the Galena Creek Regional Park, is a useful community resource for locals and tourists alike. Straddled between the Great Basin Desert and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this 400-acre Regional Park is made up of Washoe County and U.S.D.A. Forest Service lands. The park’s unique geographical location provides visitors with a close look into high desert, pine forest, alpine meadow, and freshwater ecosystems and the diverse flora and fauna that reside there. At the Galena Creek Visitor Center, our team works hard to take advantage of this beautiful natural area by engaging the community in outdoor, environmental education programs designed to enhance ecological literacy, promote environmental stewardship, and inspire the next generation of scientists. Our mission is to increase public understanding, appreciation and wise enjoyment of the many natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources of the Galena Canyon area and the Mount Rose Scenic Byway.
The Great Basin Institute at Galena is seeking 3 Summer Naturalists for 12-week AmeriCorps positions beginning on Tuesday, June 1st and extending through Monday August 20th. Summer Naturalists will be responsible for the implementation of the Great Basin Institute at Galena’s Summer Exploration Camps and Community Outreach programs. All 8 weeks of summer day camp will last 5 days (Monday-Friday); camp programming begins at 9 am each day and ends at 5 pm. All curriculum is standard-targeted with themed activities which center around the unique natural setting of the Galena Creek Regional Park. Camp themes relate to the natural and cultural-history of the area including topics like animals, plants, ecosystems, geology, survival, conservation, and more. Summer Naturalists will facilitate memorable outdoor programs that safely engage K-12th grade youth in the natural world using hands-on, discovery-based, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education. Summer Naturalists will assist in implementing Great Basin Institute at Galena Summer Day–Camps, ensuring program success through the facilitation of hands-on games and guided science lessons/crafts, supervision of students, daily hikes in the park, safe exploration and play, and more. Summer Naturalists will also support the fulfilment of our Summer Camp-in-a-Box program – a COVID-19-born virtual education opportunity that provides vulnerable and at-risk youth with the resources needed to safely enjoy summer camp activities from home. Summer Naturalists may be asked to assist with general community outreach at the Galena Creek Visitor Center including hosting the Center’s front desk, facilitating toddler and homeschool programs, leading guided nature hikes in the park, assisting with special events, and more.
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