Position Available: Roads Monitoring and Restoration AmeriCorps Intern



In cooperation with The National Park Service and Lake Mead National

Recreation Area (NRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Roads

Monitoring and Restoration Intern. The Intern will support roads monitoring

and restoration of disturbances within Lake Mead NRA.  The Intern will be

responsible for assisting our Roads Specialist with reporting and managing

conditions along backcountry roads.  The Intern will assist with the

management of the division=E2=80=99s backcountry road condition reporting s=


and database and will assess and report off-road activities and

disturbances, including road barrier conditions, missing or damaged signs,

desert dumping, graffiti, and road conditions.  Work will include the use

of a GPS unit and camera to document disturbances and restoration actions

performed.  The Intern will work to restore off-road tracks using

hand-tools such as rakes and McLeods; remove graffiti using chemical

remover, chisels, and brushes; and install or repair barriers and signs

using necessary tools and equipment. For certain backcountry disturbance

projects, the Intern may help install plants, watering tubes, or rodent

cages.  The Intern will be responsible for assisting with backcountry data

management including GIS, Access, and photo data.  The Intern will also be

responsible for helping to manage the backcountry road monitoring volunteer

program including work schedules and data collection.

Other duties may consist of checking backcountry traffic counters, checking

weather stations, picking-up trash. This position will also support

operations at the Lake Mead native plant nursery which includes irrigation

setup and repair, plant propagation, seed collection and processing, weed

removal, and plant plot monitoring.

Compensation and Timeline:

o Living Allowance: $18,700 (allocated biweekly)

o Education Award: $5,775 (May be used for past, present or future

educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans=


o No-cost medical, dental and vision benefits provided

o January 2017-December 2017, full time, 40 hours per week including

occasional holidays and weekends


o Lake Mead NRA (Boulder City, NV).  Lake Mead National Recreation area is

located in the Mojave Desert so Intern will be required to wear appropriate

attire to work in an outdoor setting in extreme weather conditions and very

little shade.  Outside temperatures can range from below 32=C2=B0F in the w=


to over 120=C2=B0 in the summer. Intern may be exposed to poisonous or

irritating plants that may cause skin irritations. Intern may come in

contact with spiders, lizards, scorpions, insects, and other hazardous

wildlife. Intern will be required to wear all necessary safety equipment to

perform duties.  Work will occur in remote areas on uneven terrain and

various elevation gains. Intern may be exposed to direct sun, wind, dust,

and rain.

Physical Demands

o Lift up to 50  pounds of material or power equipment;

o Bend, lift, pull, and push;

o Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time ;

o Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment; and

o Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season).


o Bachelor=E2=80=99s degree in recreation/wilderness management, natural re=


or related field desired;

o Ability to drive 4×4 vehicle, and navigate in the backcountry using maps

and GPS units;

o Ability to use ArcGIS software such as ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox,

ArcMobile, and ArcPad;

o Ability to use GPS units such as Garmins, Mesas, and Trimbles to collect


o Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs;

o Ability to do physical labor in the backcountry;

o Motivated to learn about the park=E2=80=99s resources;

o Ability to communicate with park staff in an appropriate manner in

written and verbal form;

o Must pass a federal background check; and

o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal

resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education

Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time

education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)

and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules,

regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service

Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the

Member Service Agreement.

How to Apply:

Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:



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