Research Associate Program

Research Associate Program

Our Mission

The Great Basin Institute's Research Associate Program provides research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates,or experienced professionals looking to begin or enhance a career in resource management, conservation, stewardship, and other related fields. The Institute focuses its research efforts on conservation and management of natural and cultural resource in the inner-mountain west, with special emphasis on the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts, as well as the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Research Associate Program provides opportunities related to inventorying rare plant communities or mapping and treating exotic species; conducting recreational use surveys and management of recreation on public lands; wildlife monitoring; cultural resource surveys; and monitoring and evaluating restoration initiatives. Our ecoregion provides substantial opportunities to work in mixed conifer forests, riparian zones, and within a variety of arid land 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.