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.
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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.
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