Paleontologist – BLM Direct – Canon City, CO

Position Type: BLM Direct Hire (DHA) 11 week internship

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Canon City, CO

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Geology, Paleontology

Position Description:  This internship directly supports BLM leadership priorities #2 and #5, Making America Great Through Shared Conservation Stewardship by working with our partners to promote multiple-use on public lands and Serving the American Family by being good neighbors and sharing information that is of particular interest to the public in order to enhance their recreational experiences. The Public loves the story of dinosaurs in their backyard and particularly in the community of Canon City. The primary focus for the incumbent will be to share the stories of paleontological resources right in their backyard. This also provides for protection of paleontological resources through development of educational materials and programs. The goal is to create stewards for Federal paleontologic resources by ensuring access to paleontological resources for all ages of user groups. The main project for the incumbent will be to work with the existing Garden Park Fossil Area, Hands on the Land (HOL) website to develop an action plan that better incorporates existing materials into the HOL format and therefore into a more readily available format for educators. This project builds upon years of materials that can be used to develop educational materials and will involve work with local non-profit organizations as well as the local school district. Additional duties would include work with the local Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, local volunteer groups, and local schools to develop interpretive products that help increase public awareness of the significance of local paleontologic and geologic resources. This interpretive work will involve updating existing websites and assisting with completing an exhibit at the Royal Gorge Museum.



  1. Be at least 18 years old at the start of the project.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization) or a U.S. legal permanent resident (a “green card” holder).
  3. Be enrolled in a related post-secondary educational program at an accredited institution of higher education, OR, have completed a post-secondary educational program at an accredited institution of higher education less than two years prior to the anticipated date by which the DHA would be used for obtaining federal employment. [Ideally, a candidate who has already completed their higher education studies would use the DHA to obtain federal employment immediately or shortly after the completion of the 11-week internship.]
  4. Meet the related skills/experience if listed for the specific opportunity to which one is applying.
  5. Be available for 11 weeks of continuous service.
  6. Be willing to fulfill all reporting requirements (bi-weekly reporting, final reporting, and follow-up reporting in the months after completing the program).
  7. Be willing to submit to a government security background clearance process.
  8. Have a strong interest in a career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).


Application Instructions:

  1. Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript(s) (unofficial are acceptable), and a letter of reference from a professional or educator to the contact below. Applications must be received by February 28, 2018. In your cover letter, please succinctly address why you are interested in the position, what skills and experience you have to offer, and your future career goals.
  2. The IIC Internship Application can be found on the IIC website: underneath the apply today tab. Click on the PDF application and download the application file to your computer. DO NOT open it in your browser to edit. Open in Adobe Acrobat to edit.
  3. Email cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial), and the IIC Internship Application to the IIC Direct Hire Review Team at:
  4. Applications accepted until February 28.
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