Science Outreach Educator

Position: Science Outreach Educator


Organization: Great Basin Outdoor School 



Help kids connect with the wonders of nature at spectacular sites on the shore of Lake Tahoe and nearby and get them excited about science, learning, and the outdoors with hands-on STEM activities.


Position Description

The Science Outreach Educator, an AmeriCorps member, will develop and implement Great Basin Outdoor School Spring Program activities that align with Next Generation Science Standards, pilot activities with students at science camps on the shore of Lake Tahoe and other sites, and assist with STEM professional development workshops for teachers. The member will work on community and outreach efforts, as well as extending opportunities for youth and adult education through the development of standards-based content.  


Service Location: Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe, NV


Timeline for Service: April 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019



“To ignite children’s passion for learning and foster cooperation, respect, and responsibility through hands-on discovery in the outdoor classroom.”


Primary Responsibilities

  • Modify, upgrade, and pilot content involving science and engineering practices of spring program curriculum to better support Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Curriculum Standards and Citizen Science initiatives.

  • Develop and implement materials that support the spring program curriculum.

  • Record activity adaptations and curriculum correlations for future programs.

  • Fully engage students in STEM activities supporting NGSS curriculum standards and Citizen Science by DOING science, rather than just hearing or reading about it, by piloting new and updated activities during day field studies and overnight science camps in April, May, and June.

  • Assist in planning and conducting Project WET professional development workshop for teachers in June to increase their knowledge and level of comfort teaching the science of our watersheds.

  • Facilitate educational opportunities through community outreach and participate with Great Basin Outdoor School staff in fulfilling nonprofit mission and projects.

  • Engaging volunteers in Great Basin Outdoor spring programs and program content.



  • BA or BS in a science or education field preferred

  • Experience working directly with children in an educational setting

  • Current CPR and first aid certificate

  • Pass TB test and background check

  • Reliable transportation to reach program sites

  • Ability to walk over uneven terrain carrying program gear

  • Computer literacy to manage curriculum correlations and outreach


Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service;

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or agree to earn a high school diploma or equivalent before using an educational award;

  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;

  • All applicants must be available for the entirety of the service period and able to complete the minimum hourly requirements; and

  • Pass a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check.



AmeriCorps members serving a 450-hour term are eligible to receive a $3,639 living allowance; are eligible to receive a post-service education award ($1566.14) upon successful completion of service; health care and child care are available for eligible members; and professional development opportunities are available. Student loan forbearance and interest payments, if the member qualifies, are available.

To Apply

Send cover letter with relevant experience, resume, and phone and email contacts for professional references to Elise at

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