About the Galena Creek Volunteer Project
Counsellor Volunteer positions available
Volunteer as a Counsellor at the Galena Creek Visitor Centre from June to August. These positions are responsible for assisting the Naturalists, the Director of Education and Field Studies, and the Education Coordinator with the implementation of Great Basin Naturalists Environmental Science Summer Camp at the Galena Creek Visitor Centre. These positions will serve as volunteers with the Great Basin Institute and will work collaboratively with the US Forest Service and Washoe County Regional Parks & Open Space. The Galena Creek Recreation Area encompasses Washoe County and U.S. Forest Service lands and is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, 17 miles from Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
We are fortunate to live and work at 6,400 ft elevation in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a short distance from the incomparable Lake Tahoe. Six natural ecosystems are within a 20 minute drive: High desert, forest, still water, wetlands, mountains and rangeland.
Assisting with the Great Basin Institute at Galena’s Summer Exploration Camp. Camps comprise theme-based activities that capitalise on the unique natural setting of Galena Creek Park and the Sierra Nevada region. Themes include natural and cultural history topics that allow children to experience the outdoors through discovery-based, STEM and environmental education. Camps include hands-on games, hikes, guided activities, field trips, guest presenters, exploration and play. Three weeks of camp are day only, with one day of overnight camping, and the last five weeks are residential camps at WeChMe Lodge.
As the only fully outdoor environmental science field study program in Reno, our goal is to provide local youth with opportunities to experience the outdoors in a safe, fun, nurturing and engaging setting, and to provide academic, STEM education support.
Volunteer duties include:
- Assist the Director of Education and Outreach, the Education Coordinator, and a Lead Naturalist in delivering environmental education curriculum to students and youth both in the field.
- Assist in assuring the safety of students and campers.
- Assist in presenting clear, well-organised educational programs that exemplify professional delivery, thematic development, cohesive structure that are consistently appropriate for the activity and the audience.
- Communicate effectively and develop relationships with camp and visitor centre staff.
- Enforce camp policies, procedures and regulations.
- Recognise and assist in responding effectively to emergencies.
Positions are for 40 hours per week. Housing and full utilities are provided and a weekly per diem, and scheduled recreational trips to cultural or scenic attractions take place once a month. Trainings provided include but are not limited to: First aid and CPR course.
Galena Creek Recreation Area
The Galena Creek Recreation Area is located on public forest land between Reno and Lake Tahoe, in Nevada, USA. Facilities include a Visitor Centre, an 87-bed lodge, picnic areas, and several smaller buildings. Trails are maintained for hiking and biking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.
- University/College level coursework in education or the natural sciences; Bachelor’s Degree preferred;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
- Background working with K-12 children and/or in natural history;
- Campfire skills (song leading, guitar, storytelling) desirable;
- Enthusiasm and commitment to youth outdoor education;
- Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, and otherwise maintain good physical condition.
- Ability to speak English conversationally; conversational ability in Spanish desirable but not required.
- A police check will be required, as you will be working in an educational setting.
“Without the help of our wonderful volunteers, we would not be able to support the sheer volume of students who want to be a part of our programs. Our volunteers help us every day to motivate young people by encouraging environmental stewardship, a task which we believe is the key to conserving our planet for future generations. We are incredibly proud of how far we have come, and we look onward and upward moving forward.” – quote from our Project Manager