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Public Land Name: Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, & Mojave National Preserve
Position Title: Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program Assistant
Agency: CA AML Prog.
Position ID Number: 2012302
Location: Sacramento, CA (office) and Various Public Lands, CA (field)
Position Description: [POSITIONS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2012 ARE NOW FILLED. ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS MAY BE SOUGHT FOR THE WINTER FIELD SEASON. IF SO, APPLICATIONS WOULD BE REVIEWED AGAIN BETWEEN MAY 1 AND JULY 1, AND A NOTICE WILL APPEAR HERE AND ELSEWHERE ON THE GEOCORPS WEBSITE.] Participants will team with staff of the California AML Program to conduct field inventory and data collection at abandoned mine land sites located on public lands throughout California, followed by doing data entry/assessment of the collected field data at the AML Program offices in Sacramento. 50% of the work will be conducted in the field with other AML Program team members (in a buddy system) on any or all of the following: •Conduct onsite inventories of abandoned mines in Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve and/or other public lands located throughout California. •Record data on abandoned mine features (e.g. shafts, adits, tailings, structures, equipment) using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, field forms or notebooks, and digital cameras. •Navigate to abandoned mine sites using topographic maps and GPS equipment. •Drive or hike into areas where abandoned mines are found, including remote areas with difficult terrain and extreme climates, including deserts, mountains, forests, riparian and roadless areas. •Work overnight, weeklong, and occasional weekend trips and carry sufficient water and safety equipment in the field. •Assist on site as needed during the remediation of hazardous features (e.g., fences, backfills, polyurethane foam closures, and construction of bat-compatible gates, culverts, and cupolas). 50% of the work will be conducted in the office (in Sacramento) both independently and collaboratively with other AML Program team members on any or all of the following: •Enter field-collected data and notes into a Microsoft Access or other relational database management system. •Use libraries, the internet, and other resources to research information on abandoned mine sites by reviewing maps, remote sensed imagery, data, environmental documents, professional papers, and other sources. •Use ArcMap GIS to capture, store, analyze, and manage data, and assist as needed with map production and other GIS related tasks. Staff of the AML Program will mentor and supervise the selected participants. Participants will accompany an experienced individual staff member of the AML Program when conducting field work, creating a minimum team size of two people. Participants will utilize GPS equipment and digital cameras in the field, and will download and enter collected data using ESRI ArcGIS 10 and Microsoft Word, Excel and Access database software upon return from the field. A minimum of 40 hours will be worked per week, but some weeks may require more than 40 hours. The stipend will be a fixed amount per month, regardless of hours worked. This position is being offered through the Geological Society of America's GeoCorps America program, in collaboration with the State of California Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program. At least one participant will be selected for this position, with a possibility of up to eight participants being selected, depending on the quality and availability of applicants.
Materials to be produced by participant: Written reports and forms documenting locations and conditions of abandoned mine sites. A database containing data collected in the field. ArcMap GIS products to capture, store, analyze, and manage data.
Qualifications: Required Qualifications: •College coursework and field work in the sciences, natural resources, environmental management, physical geography or related fields. •Ability to hike to/from and work where abandoned mines are found, including remote areas with difficult terrain and extreme climates (e.g. roadless areas, deserts, mountains, forests) while carrying sufficient amounts of water, food, and field equipment. •Ability to travel and work successfully in unexpected field conditions involving such weather extremes as rain, high heat in the desert or cold temperatures and snow in the mountains. •Regular participation in overnight, weeklong, and occasional weekend trips that involve long work hours and camping when necessary, sometimes in the backcountry. (Please provide specific examples demonstrating your outdoor experience.) •Ability to work both independently (in the office) and as part of a field team. •Good communication and organizational skills. •Current CPR and first-aid certification. •Possess their own basic outdoor gear (hiking boots, backpack, water bottles, tent, sleeping bag, etc.). Please refer to this gear list: https://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/2012/documents/GearList.pdf. (Technical/work gear (GPS units, tools, etc.) will be provided.) •Willingness to work long and irregular hours on selected holidays, weekends, and for more than 8-hours per day and 40 hours per week if needed to maximize inventory time in the field. •Ability to commit to a minimum of three months of work. •Valid driver's license and good driving record. Desirable Qualifications: •Experience reading and navigating by topographic maps, compass, and Global Positioning System (GPS). •Experience entering, managing, and analyzing data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), databases, and/or spreadsheets. •Experience with library and internet research. •Familiarity with driving four-wheel-drive vehicles. •Availability to work more than three months, and possibly up to one year (or more).
Position Dates: The AML Program seeks participants who can begin work soon. Participants must commit to a minimum of three months of full-time work (defined as being available to work a minimum of 40 hrs/wk, including long and irregular hours on selected holidays, weekends, and for more than 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week if needed to maximize inventory time in the field). Participants who can make a longer commitment beyond three months are desirable. There is a chance to work up to one year (or more).
Position Duration: 12 weeks +
Stipend: $1,000/month stipend, with a potential pay increase after 3 months. Pre-approved work-related travel costs will be reimbursed.
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
$0
Housing Allowance: $700/mo.
Housing Details: A $700/month housing allowance will be provided. No on-site housing is available, so the selected personnel will be responsible for finding their own housing in the Sacramento area.
Physical/Natural 
Environment:
Field work will generally take place in remote areas with difficult terrain and extreme climates, including deserts, mountains, forests, riparian and roadless areas. Field areas may include Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and/or other public lands located throughout California. This position offers opportunities to experience California's fantastic geology and amazingly varied landscapes.
Work Environment: 50% of the work will be conducted in the field, in areas where abandoned mines are located. 50% of the work will be conducted at the AML Program office in Sacramento, California.
# of current Applicants: 56

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.

PRIMARY CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Name: Stephen L. Jenkins
Title: Manager, AML Unit
Street Address: Abandoned Mine Lands Unit, Office of Mine Reclamation, California Department of Conservation, 801 K Street, MS 09-06
City/State/Zip: Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 323-9226
Email: steve.jenkins@conservation.ca.gov
Website: http://www.consrv.ca.gov/omr/abandoned_mine_lands/Pages/Index.aspx
SECONDARY CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Name: Stephen L. Jenkins
Title: Manager, AML Unit
Street Address: Abandoned Mine Lands Unit, Office of Mine Reclamation, California Department of Conservation, 801 K Street, MS 09-06
City/State/Zip: Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (303) 555-5555
Email: steve.jenkins@conservation.ca.gov
Website: http://www.consrv.ca.gov/omr/abandoned_mine_lands/Pages/Index.aspx