Frequently Asked Questions
Where do GBI AmeriCorps Interns Serve?
The Intern Program places individuals with the USFWS, USFS, BLM, NPS, BOR, and some state and local agencies. Interns serve in Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, and Colorado.
What is an AmeriCorps Education Award?
An AmeriCorps Education Award is a benefit AmeriCorps members receive upon successful completion of their term of service. After successfully completing a term of service, AmeriCorps members who are enrolled in the National Service Trust are eligible to receive an education award. The education award can be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education or training, or to repay qualified student loans. The award currently is $5,815 for a year of full-time service, with correspondingly lesser awards for part-time and reduced part-time service. A member has up to seven years after his or her term of service has ended to claim the award.
What kind of training do I receive?
Interns will receive training specific to their position and host site. In general Interns can expect to receive off road and defensive driver training as well as First Aid and CPR certifications.
Is residential housing provided?
This varies by position. For some of our more remote locations agency housing is provided or available to interns for a minimal rate. Other locations that have a higher cost of living come with a housing stipend to offset costs. This information will be specified in the job announcement. In general (unless otherwise stated) Interns are responsible for locating their own housing, and signing a lease directly with the property owners. The Great Basin Institute does not sign leases for its members, as it is not a property management organization, and cannot be held liable for property damage that may be caused by its members. We do support interns in their search for housing by connecting them with online sites and uniting our different communities in a common search for affordable housing options.
How often and how much do I get paid?
All AmeriCorps Interns are paid every other Friday. Upon accepting a position, your contract will detail the pay schedule and amounts. Pay for AmeriCorps members is considered a living stipend, and not be be confused with a wage or salary. This model is based on the Peace Corps, which pays a fixed wage regardless of hours served. As a national service volunteer, your stipend is intended to support your living costs.
Do I need a vehicle?
We recommend that you have a personal vehicle or are able to arrange your transportation to and from your host site, whether it is by bike or carpooling. Most host sites are remote and are not serviced by public transportation.
Are there more opportunities to work with GBI beyond the AmeriCorps Intern Program?
Yes. Many interns have served for more than one term, either continuing in the same role or moving to a different host site and opportunity. GBI has also had many interns move into the Research Associate Program as a direct result of their work as a GBI AmeriCorps Intern.