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AmeriCorps Native Seed Collection Internship

Native Seed Collection Internship at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Member will provide national service at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a host site for the Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Program.


Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting three interns to assist the seed manager with scouting plant populations for seed collection and collecting native plant seeds.

Work will include documenting all seed related activities and collections, manually cleaning seed by hand, and assisting with preparation of seed for seed storage for future restoration projects throughout southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.  This position is an entry level internship that consists mostly of labor in the backcountry and at the Lake Mead Native Plant Nursery.

At times, position also requires prolonged periods of sitting while cleaning seed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Surveying and accessing suitable native plant populations by vehicle or on foot, and identification of native and non-native plants;
  • Assist with weeding and irrigating native plant seed increase fields;
  • Work on a 4-5 person seed collection team led by the native seed manager for Lake Mead NRA;
  • Intern may also work with 5 to 10 member youth service groups and/or volunteers on seed collection projects;
  • Must be able to operate a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and pass a federal background check.

Secondary responsibilities: additional tasks and duties that are preferential but secondary

  • Assisting with native plant nursery operations including, but not limited to irrigation setup and repair, plant propagation, weed removal, and other general nursery operation;
  • Additional duties may include checking backcountry traffic counters, checking weather stations, picking-up trash, rare plant plot monitoring, restoring off-road tracks, repair backcountry barriers, installing backcountry signs, watering plantings, installing plants, and other tasks associated with Mojave Desert restoration.

Related Responsibilities:

  • Participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead NRA staff and community partners;
  • Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis;
  • Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program; and
  • Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings.


This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $7,800 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,865 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.


  • Dedication to the position and the AmeriCorps Service Contract
  • Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
  • Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to identify native and non-native plants of the desert southwest
  • Ability to drive 4×4 vehicle
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to navigate in the backcountry using maps and iphones or GPS units
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to use iphones and/or GPS units such as Garmins, Mesas, and Trimbles to collect data
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs
  • Ability to do physical labor in the backcountry
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Motivated to learn about the park’s resources
  • Ability to communicate with park staff in an appropriate manner in written and verbal form
  • Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and
  • Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

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