Paleontology Tech (1 position) – GSENM BLM

Position Type: Internship

Open until: 9/1/2017

Wage: $13.00 – 15.00 per hr DOE

Location: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Kanab)

Description:

THIS INTERNSHIP IS BASED AT BLM Kanab Field Office

The participant’s primary workload will be to assist in field surveys as part of an ongoing Monument Management Plan directed inventory of important fossil resources both for management and research purposes. Mentoring will be provided by the Monument Paleontologist, particularly in the lab and on excavations. Field work will be conducted largely in the interior of the rugged and remote Kaiparowits Plateau. Methods consist of hiking pre-determined target

areas while closely examining Late Cretaceous age rock outcroppings for fossil materials (with an emphasis on vertebrates such as dinosaurs). When sites are found, they will be documented using standard format field forms, GPS, and digital photography and assessed as to significance via surface testing. Significant sites found during the inventory (or previous inventories) would require collection/excavation which will be done under close supervision by the Monument Paleontologist. The participant may at times also assist crews from partner institutions in

excavation work. Duties will also include office and lab-based work related to report writing, collections management, specimen preparation, curation, and research. This will involve mechanical removal of matrix from bone specimens and the use of stabilizers and glues to enhance their stability for exhibit or curation. Use of pneumatic tools and hand tools for removal of hard matrices like sandstone will be routine. Record keeping for specimen preparation and inventory will involve keeping worksheets updated and excel files current. Some public interpretive opportunities such as leading site or lab tours may also arise on a limited basis.

Living Conditions: Must provide own living quarters. Kanab is a rural community with limited services available

Qualifications:

This opportunity is suitable for youth working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in geology or geo-science related discipline. This opportunity will require time outdoors and field work that is often under somewhat rigorous physical conditions. Participant should also demonstrate through actual work experience the ability to work well independently. A good pair of ankle supporting hiking boots is necessary; other gear for backcountry camping will be provided.

Work Environment: Weather and terrain conditions may be extreme (e.g. heat, cold, thunderstorms, steep badlands). Lifting of loads up to 50 lbs will be common during excavations and lab work. Camping in remote backcountry settings (vehicle-based) for up to four days is also necessary

Application Instructions:

  1. Go to iicinternships.com
  2. Click on the IIC Application on the right hand side. This will download a word document of the IIC Internship Application.
  3. Fill in the application (this can be done on your computer).
  4. Save application and email it to Dr. Alan Titus at atitus@blm.gov in the subject line put IIC INTERNSHIP APPLICATION You can also print your application and bring it to Miranda Gubler at the IIC offices.

Submit IIC application, resume, transcripts, and cover letter describing how this internship will benefit both the BLM and applicant. Applications must be received by September 1, 2017

Contact Information:

ALL IIC INTERNSHIPS MUST BE TIED TO AN ACADEMIC CREDIT such as: Departmental internships, EDGE, Practicums, UNIV-2890, Etc.

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