Great Basin Institute: The Great Basin Institute (GBI) is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.

Intern Position Description:

Spend six to eight months interning at Galena Creek Recreation Area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains developing and presenting interpretive programs and exhibits about the diverse natural and cultural resources of the Great Basin region and particularly the forest ecosystems. The position works in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Washoe County, and will contribute to the appreciation of the Sierra Nevada range and forest conservation.


This is an internship position for 40 hours a week.

Housing and full utilities are provided.

A weekly per diem of $100 is provided.

Scheduled trips to cultural or scenic attractions take place once a month.

Timeline:  Minimum six months, maximum eight months, beginning March 1, 2015.


  • Develop and present interpretive, field study programs;
  • Conduct independent research of topics using records, books, files, on-line resources and interviews;
  • Assist in operations of the Galena Creek Visitor Center


  • Knowledge of biology, ecology and/or conservation is required;
  • Experience interacting with all ages in an educational setting is desirable;
  • Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse public in a variety of forums;
  • Ability to speak English conversationally; conversational ability in Spanish desirable but not required.

J-1 Visa Information

This position could be sponsored through the J-1 Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). To qualify for this program, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Be currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States, or; have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to his or her exchange visitor program start date and;

2. Possess a valid passport throughout any time spent in the United States.

3. Pay a fee of US $300 plus a refundable deposit of US $150. US $150 will be refunded to you at the end of the program if all equipment and housing is in order.  NOTE: J-1 visa fees are separate and are estimated to be US $300.

To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Gwen Bourne,  Please include where you found this volunteer opportunity posted.

This position is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Great Basin Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.