Research Associate Program

Research Associate Program

Our Mission

The Great Basin Institute's Research Associates provide technical assistance, research, analysis and data to support the conservation and management of natural and cultural resource in the West. Through the following research programs, the Institute helps federal land management agencies, state wildlife management departments and other resource-management organizations make sound and informed management decisions: Rare plant inventories; Mapping and treating exotic species; Surveying recreational use and management activities; Landscape Health Assessments and habitat monitoring; Inventorying and monitoring wildlife populations; Inventorying and monitoring cultural resources; Monitoring and evaluating restoration initiatives. These research projects provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, and experienced to begin or enhance their careers in resource management, conservation, stewardship, and other related fields. RAs can also provide leadership with project design, coordination, management and follow-through monitoring for NCC crew work and other projects. RA projects span the West, from coastal headlands to mixed conifer forests, riparian zones, high mountains and a variety of arid habitats. Research Associate Program project partners include the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as numerous state and county agencies and NGOs.

The Program

The Research Associate Program aims to facilitate professional experiences for individuals who wish to apply field-based conservation and land management principles in an array of settings. In the Mojave Desert, Great Basin and Lake Tahoe Basin.


The Research Associate program provides opportunities for recent college graduates, graduate students, or experienced professionals looking to begin or enhance a career in environmental management, conservation, and other related fields.


GBI has cooperative agreements with all major federal and state resource management agencies, including the National Park Service, BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, the Nevada Divisions of Forestry, Wildlife, Parks and Lands.