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Research Associate Program

AIM_soil.jpgThe RA Program presents undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates and emerging professionals, with opportunities to begin or enhance their careers in resource management, conservation, stewardship, and related fields.  Our participants receive significant support for professional development, facilitating experience in field-based conservation, project management, reporting and administration.

Additionally, GBI fosters a collaborative association between university academics and resource management agencies. University credit is often available to those interested in using their field experience to support their academic goals. And a Research Associate position can be the next best step for recent graduates to apply their academic learning to real-world resource management challenges.

GBI Research Associates provide the research, technical support, data and expert analysis resource managers require in order to make informed management decisions.  By partnering closely with resource professionals, RAs establish professional credentials while furthering their opportunities for public service. Here, technicians are classifying soil in order to establish an Ecological Site Description.


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.  Through close partnerships with regional land management agencies, the RA experience offers a wide variety of technical positions developed for the public benefit of the participant and for the agency, as well as the lands we manage.  Those seeking an intellectually rigorous and challenging season or year will not be disappointed.  Become a Research Associate and make a difference!



The Great Basin Institute has cooperative agreements in place with all major federal and state resource management agencies, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and the State of Nevada Divisions of Forestry, Wildlife, Parks and Lands. These agreements allow agencies and non-profits to partner with GBI to support natural, cultural, and recreational resource management initiatives. As a result, GBI field personnel develop professionally through their involvement in this work. With substantial educational scholarships, in-kind training, and educational opportunities, some of our programs can provide significant cash match and in-kind contributions to fulfill the fiscal requirements of some cooperative grants and agreements.

Establishing a partnership with the Great Basin Institute is a simple process involving cooperation between three major parties: an agency contracting officer, a GBI contract representative, and the project manager. To initiate an agreement, please contact Jerry Keir at 775.846.9310 for assistance with budgeting and project scheduling. Once a budget is articulated and a funding source identified, the scope of work and budget information is forwarded to your agency contracting officer to establish a task agreement. Finally, both parties sign an original copy of the task agreement to be kept on file. The timing of this process varies by agency and can be completed within 3 to 4 months.