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Mosaics in Science Program - Position Description
Public Land Name: Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)
Position Title: Paleontologist
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012042
Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
Position Description: The GeoCorps participant will be responsible for performing reconnaissance searches for paleontological features and GPS mapping and photo documentation of paleontological features. Specifically, much of the field effort will involve searching bedrock on steep mixed soil and rock ridges for fossil material. The participant will perform field site visits to target areas, taking field notes on physical conditions, relative fossil concentrations, and boundaries of each site, documenting each find by logging GPS coordinates, field reference numbers, and photo and/or drawing documentation of the feature(s), and other pertinent data. Work will consist of using a GPS unit to map contacts of key stratigraphic members of the formation and providing accurate locations of measured sections using GPS and topographic maps. Participant will create a database to organize and prepare field data as well as download and organize photographs for entry into the parkís paleo database. Participant may prepare sketches of stratigraphic sections to document particularly concentrated fossil zones, noting relationships of internal depositional features and fossil distribution. Additionally, some currently known paleontological sites will be inventoried and updated, including: site re-location, fossil type confirmation, site condition assessments, and other documentation. Additional assignments may include in-office management of collected geological specimens and related databases. This position is offered through the Geological Society of America's GeoCorps America Program in partnership with the National Park Serviceís Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Program.
Materials to be produced by participant: Completed Inventory and Monitoring Forms
Qualifications: Applicants must have completed at least three years toward an undergraduate degree in the geosciences, including required coursework in historical geology, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and field methods & mapping. Additional coursework in GIS and experience using GPS units and post-processing software would make the applicant more competitive. The applicant should be able to work well independently, both in the office and in the field with little supervision, have good map reading and GPS orientation skills, and be physically able to perform assignments during several successive days of hiking cross-country in a rugged environment. Computer skills in Microsoft Excel are required. Applicant must have a valid driverís license and good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.
Position Dates: Summer 2012, with flexible start/end dates.
Position Duration:
Stipend: $2,750
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: $0
Housing Details: Describe housing situation Housing will be provided by the park at no cost to the participant. Housing is furnished in a shared government trailer, cabin or apartment with own bedroom and shared kitchen, living and bath areas. Ability to live and work closely with others is essential. Bring cooking utensils, linens and personal items. While a market is located in the Park, grocery stores and other shops are a 1.5 hour drive from park housing. A personal vehicle is highly recommended. This is a fairly remote location and, depending on your provider, cell phone reception may be poor or non-existent.
Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. The land is semi-arid and consists of raised plateaus and structural basins typical of the southwestern United States. The Canyon, incised by the Colorado River, is immense, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 miles at its widest. Its diversity can be attributed to the presence of five of the seven life zones and three of the four desert types in North America.
Work Environment: Moderate to high physical effort is required. Some duties require sitting, standing, or hiking off trail for extended periods of time. Some duties may also require strenuous physical activity such as climbing, lifting, and carrying heavy items (25 lbs) over rugged, precipitous, and sometimes unstable terrain.
# of current Applicants: 17

If you have questions about the application and selection process, please contact Matthew Dawson.  If you have questions about any aspect of the position — description, qualifications, housing, dates — please contact the primary or secondary contact below. The Primary and Secondary Contacts will not accept application materials sent to them via e-mail, mail, fax, etc. See the full Mosaic program details at the Mosaics in Science home-page.

Contact Name: Deanna Greco
Title: Physical Science Program Manager
Street Address: PO Box 129
City/State/Zip: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Phone: (928) 638-7817
Contact Name: Vincent L. Santucci
Title: Senior Geologist
Street Address: 1201 Eye Street, NW (Room 1146)
City/State/Zip: Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 513-7186
Website: http://www.