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Public Land Name: Florissant Fossil Beds National Mounument
Position Title: Paleontology Intern [Diversity Internship]
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012032
Location: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Position Description: The GeoCorps participant will assist with ongoing projects relating to the geologic and paleontologic resources of the monument and related sites. Primary areas of emphasis will be selected from the following projects: preparing and cataloging new collections of fossil leaves and insects from delicate shale deposits; monitoring the monument's fossil sites; photographing the monument's fossil collections to create digital images; and preparing exhibit and educational materials for the monument's new visitor center and/or our sister park in Peru. Other duties may include some of the following: inventory of collections, database development and data entries, fossil excavations, and assisting visiting researchers. The participant may have an option to use a portion of their time for research if they have a research plan defined and approved beforehand. 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: The products will vary depending upon the particular project but will include some of the following: 1) Monitoring and photography of fossil sites according to established criteria; 2) Condition reports and photographs entered into database; 3) Fossil specimens collected, prepared, and cataloged; 4) Exhibit materials planned and fabricated; 5) Digital images created; 6) Final report to summarize accomplishments.
Qualifications: Applicants should be advanced undergraduate or graduate students whose educational background and career objectives are in paleontology or museum studies. Applicants must have completed basic undergraduate course work toward a degree in geology or biology, with an emphasis in paleontology. Those with a background emphasizing museum studies may be considered for the position involving exhibit planning and collection cataloging. Students who plan to pursue paleontology as a career, or those who are beginning graduate or undergraduate thesis projects, are especially encouraged to apply. Professional level applicants are also welcome to apply. Experience with Access database and software programs for preparing posters is preferred. Experience related to preparing educational and interpretive materials or exhibits is desirable, as is previous work in cataloging collections. Experience with macrophotography will be useful. The applicant should be able to work well independently. 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: May 21-August 10, with somewhat flexible start/end dates.
Position Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: $2,750
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: $1,500
Housing Details: A housing allowance will be provided, but participants must arrange their own rentals. Basic amenities such as cooking utensils, bed, and furnishings, will be provided, but bedding is not provided. A personal vehicle is required in order to commute since housing rentals may be 15-20 miles from the monument.
The monument is located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs in a forested mountain valley at 8,000-9,000 feet elevation, near Pikes Peak. The Florissant Formation preserves an abundant flora and fauna of fossil plants and insects that were deposited in late Eocene (34 million-year-old) lake shales.
Work Environment: Work time will be split between office, lab, and field, according to project needs. The small town of Florissant is two miles from the monument and has basic services such as fuel, a convenience store, and small restaurants. Divide is eight miles from the monument and has a small supermarket. Woodland Park is 16 miles away and has large supermarkets, mechanical services, a variety of restaurants, and medical services including a hospital. Colorado Springs is a large city 35 miles away. Colorado Springs airport is 47 miles from the monument and provides regular service by most major airlines. Summer weather is cool to warm with sunny mornings and often rainy afternoons.
# of current Applicants: 9

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: Herb Meyer
Title: Paleontologist
Street Address: P.O. Box 185 15807 Teller County Rd. 1
City/State/Zip: Florissant, CO 80816
Phone: (719) 748-3253
Contact Name: Conni O'Connor
Title: Museum Tech
Street Address: P.O. Box 185 15807 Teller County Rd. 1
City/State/Zip: Florissant, CO 80816
Phone: (719) 748-3253