The Great Basin Institute

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West.

Reno, NV

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Great Basin Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.

Nevada Conservation Corps

Nevada Conservation Corps harnesses the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of Nevada public lands and communities. As a federally-funded AmeriCorps program, the NCC promotes ecological literacy through field research and direct conservation service. Our statewide program transcends racial, ethnic and economic barriers by creating a cadre of corps members comprised of diverse backgrounds, drawing a broad-based national recruitment process. By uniting environmental resources from federal, state and county agencies, the NCC provides students and young professionals opportunities to make meaningful contributions toward protecting and conserving Nevada’s natural heritage, while also gaining valuable work experience in the natural resource management field.

International Conservation Volunteer Exchange

International Conservation Volunteer Exchange is a volunteer program for International participants who wish to collaborate with American environmental service teams on natural resource projects on Nevada's public lands. ICVE is based on the philosophy that international understanding and goodwill can be achieved through cooperating on the shared goal of improving the environment. By attracting a corps of conservation-minded volunteers, ICVE contributes to the breakdown of cultural barriers while advancing ecological awareness on a global scale.

Research Associate Program

The Great Basin Institute's Research Associate Program provides research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates,or experienced professionals looking to begin or enhance a career in resource management, conservation, stewardship, and other related fields. The Institute focuses its research efforts on conservation and management of natural and cultural resource in the inner-mountain west, with special emphasis on the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts, as well as the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Research Associate Program provides opportunities related to inventorying rare plant communities or mapping and treating exotic species; conducting recreational use surveys and management of recreation on public lands; wildlife monitoring; cultural resource surveys; and monitoring and evaluating restoration initiatives. Our ecoregion provides substantial opportunities to work in mixed conifer forests, riparian zones, and within a variety of arid land habitats. Research Associate Program project partners include the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as numerous state and county agencies and NGOs.

Environmental Field Studies & Galena Creek Programs

The Great Basin Institute offers interdisciplinary environmental field studies, courses, and workshops for university students, K-12 learners and educators, and the public. Courses, special events, and workshops focus on ecological issues nearby and farther afield. GBI joins field study, outdoor education, and service learning with on-site visits to culturally-rich spots such as Galena Creek Recreation Area and spectacular landscapes like Lake Tahoe, Mt. Rose Wilderness Area, Death Valley National Park, Great Basin National Park, and La Manzanilla, Mexico. Load your backpack, lace up your boots, and sign up for a day hike, one of our “Life on the Edge” youth programs, service-learning conservation, or a field studies course—and get ready for a great adventure!

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