Interpretation and Education Intern at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Interpretation & Education Technician
Great Basin Institute / Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an Interpretation & Education Technician to assist with development and completion of resource education programs and projects, including a wide range of formal and informal public and school-based education programs and projects.  The candidate will assist in visitor center operations including staffing and operational duties and procedures.  Other duties will include leading hikes, lectures, demonstrations, field trips, workshops and activities.  Venues will include (but not be limited to) classrooms, fairs, trails, beaches, libraries and visitor centers.  Programs and projects will educate and inform the public about the significance and uniqueness of park resources, conservation and ecologically sound practices as well as the laws, rules, and regulations developed to protect park resources.
Primary tasks and duties include:
  • Facilitate interpretation and outreach, including:  implementation of programs, lesson plans, and learning modules for public programs, schedule programs with groups, present materials to public groups and collect data associated with attendees, and impacts of presented lessons;
  • Provide front-line staffing of the Lake Mead Visitor Center information desk, answering visitor questions, opening and closing operations including cash handling procedures with park store operator
  • Develop and conduct presentations to volunteer groups about natural resource management practices within the recreation area;
  • 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; and
  • Research scientific, historical, and technical resources to create interpretive programs using a variety of interpretive techniques.
Additional tasks and duties include collecting field data to maintain documentation of activities and assisting staff on developing and modifying outreach materials. The Technician will serve as a front line representative to partners for the National Park Service.
Additionally, opportunities will be provided to participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead NRA staff and community partners.
  • Rate of pay: $13/hour
  • Health Insurance
o   Six month appointment beginning October 2018, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation
o   40 hours per week, requiring some weekends and holidays to accommodate presentations and special events, and some minimal overtime may be required
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) Headquarters is located in Boulder City, Nevada, a 20 minute drive from the city of Henderson, which lies on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses nearly 1.5 million acres in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, including mountains, canyons, valleys, and two vast lakes. From the mouth of the Grand Canyon, the park follows the Arizona-Nevada border along what was formerly 140 miles of the Colorado River. Opportunities for recreation abound.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related coursework and commensurate field experience, desirable 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;
  • Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workloads within defined timelines;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
  • Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desired but not required;
  • Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert, desired; and
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments.
Additional qualifications:
  • Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights);
  • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; and
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a vehicle.
Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.
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