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Public Land Name: Bryce Canyon National Park
Position Title: Field Paleontologist / Geomorphologist / Geologist
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012017
Location: Bryce Canyon, UT
Position Description: The GeoCorps participant will spend a month conducting paleontology work and then switch to assist the park with various geology projects. Numerous microvertebrate localities were found in the Straight Cliffs Formation during a paleontological inventory of Bryce Canyon that was completed in 2010. Three particularly rich localities could provide important information on the taxonomic diversity of Late Santonian. The intern will spend a month assisting Dr. Jeffrey Eaton (Weber State University) in developing these three paleontological localities. A post fire erosion study was initiated by a GeoCorps intern in 2010 and showed in the highest fire intensity areas, several millimeters of soil was lost. The park would like to continue this study for five years. The GeoCorp intern will be involved in measuring sediment movement. Other projects potentially occurring in which the intern may participate includes evaluating the Rubyís Thrust Fault and monitoring of cracks along Wall Street, an area of the park prone to rock falls. There may also be opportunities to help with interpretive programs on geology. 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: A short report on the findings from each project.
Qualifications: The applicant should have strong knowledge, coursework and/or field experience in paleontology, with preference given to knowledge of the geology and paleontologic resources of the Colorado Plateau. Applicant must have a valid driverís license and a good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.
Position Dates: June 4 - August 24, with somewhat flexible start/end dates.
Position Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: $2,750
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: $0
Housing Details: Housing is provided. Housing typically consists of a private bedroom and shared kitchen and other living areas. The housing units are furnished but participant will need to bring their own bedding and kitchen supplies.
This project will focus on the geology of Bryce Canyon National Park. The park is located in the Colorado Plateau region of the United States at the top of the Grand Staircase. Bryce Canyon is located on the Paunsaugunt Plateau and forms multiple amphitheaters with oddly shaped pinnacles (hoodoos) protruding from within the amphitheaters. Erosion shaped the area, leaving a fascinating landscape. Bryce Canyon ranges from 6,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation. The vegetation ranges from pinyon/juniper in the low elevations through ponderosa pine forest up to spruce/fir forests at the highest elevations. For more information, look at
Work Environment: The participant will work out of the Bryce Canyon visitor center/headquarters during development of projects. There will be the opportunity to work with visiting researchers as well as geologists who specialize in the geology of the area. Area amenities include local hotels and restaurants. Small grocery stores are located 10-30 miles from the park. The town of Panguitch (30 miles) offers a small grocery store, fast food restaurants (Arbyís and Subway). Large shopping centers (Walmart, movie theaters, large grocery stores) are located 80 miles from the park in Cedar City, UT. The park is an isolated area in which the communities are small. Television reception is by satellite only. There are abundant outdoor recreational opportunities within a few hours drive of the park - hiking, fishing, camping, backpacking, and more. There is a regional airport in Cedar City although many on staff fly in and out of Las Vegas or Salt Lake City (both 4.5 hours away). Summer weather can be cool (below freezing at night) with highs reaching into the low 90ís. Mail can be received in the park or at nearby Rubys Inn (2 miles). Many residents sign up for Netflix or a similar movie mailing service. There is a visitor shuttle that runs Memorial through Labor Day (hours are usually morning through early evening) throughout the north end of the park and to Rubys Inn.
# of current Applicants: 20

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: Kim A. Hyatt
Title: Historic Structures & Landscapes Specialist
Street Address: P.O. Box 640201
City/State/Zip: Bryce, UT 84764
Phone: 435.834.4754
Contact Name: Laura Schrage
Title: Natural Resource Specalist
Street Address: P.O. Box 640201
City/State/Zip: Bryce, UT 84764
Phone: (435) 834-4751