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Public Land Name: Assateague Island National Seashore
Position Title: Coastal Geologist [Guest Scientist]
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012016
Location: Berlin, MD
Position Description: The purposes of this position are to develop a series of tidal datums for the coastal bays along Assateague Island and assist in the implementation of a groundwater monitoring program. Calculation of the tidal datums will involve gathering previously collected data from multiple temporary water level monitors and associating data with NOAA National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) tide gauges. This will require review of protocols for performing the extrapolation and communicating with NOAA staff to ensure the quality of the final product. Graphics comparing the water level and time differences will be part of the final product. Primary duties involved with implementation of the ground water monitoring protocol include assisting resource managers with field work and planning. 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 participant will calculate a set of tidal datums for each station (MLLW, MHW, MSL, etc.). A report of these datums will include graphical representation of tidal datum ranges and times and comparisons between (i.e. maps, tables, etc.).
Qualifications: Applicant must have completed a bachelorís degree and must also have one year of work experience or have completed one year of graduate school. Graduates and professionals are welcome to apply. Applicant must have a solid understanding of coastal geomorphological processes, which s/he can document through coursework, field work, or other applied work experience. Applicant must also document the ability to review and synthesize coastal geomorphological scientific literature and to plan field-based studies. Applicant must also have GIS skills sufficient to create new shapefiles and geodatabases, to edit existing shapefiles and geodatabases, and to create FGDC-compliant metadata. Some ArcGIS training is available for specific tasks. The applicant must have writing skills sufficient to document the setup and use of GPS technology, to instruct readers on visually identifying the shoreline, and to create metadata for GIS datasets. The applicant must have the oral communication skills and confidence sufficient to call scientists to gather expert opinions, to communicate with NPS staff regarding tidal calculation needs and to report results. The applicant must have a valid state driverís license, a good driving record, and be willing to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle on the beach. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.
Position Dates: Summer, with flexible start/end dates.
Position Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: $2,750
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: $0
Housing Details: ASIS will provide housing at no cost to the participant. Park housing is adjacent to the Berlin MD park headquarters. A personal vehicle may be desired to drive the 5-10 miles between park housing and local area amenities (grocery stores, etc.). Park housing typically provides a shared room (1-2 roommates of the same gender) with a bathroom shared by up to 4 people and common areas (kitchen, TV room, porch, washer-dryer) shared by up to 8 people. There is a small gym/exercise room on site, and multiple opportunities for outdoor recreation (bicycling, swimming, canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking) available within the Seashore.
Assateague Island is a barrier island just across the bay from a mostly rural area. Grocery stores and general shopping is available 5-10 miles away in Berlin or Ocean City, MD. Overall landscape is flat and mostly farmland.
Work Environment: The applicant should be able to work well independently both in the office and in the field with little supervision, must be able to sit at a computer for periods of up to 8 hours, and must be comfortable walking across a variety of terrain (beach, dune, marsh, mudflats, water) in a variety of conditions (humidity, heat, cold, buggy) while carrying up to 20 lbs of GPS equipment in a backpack. The participant will often work alone, but will also have opportunities to work alongside NPS staff, as well as another GeoCorps participant.
# of current Applicants: 8

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: Neil Winn
Title: GIS Specialist
Street Address: 7206 National Seashore Lane
City/State/Zip: Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: (410) 629-6041
Contact Name: Bill Hulslander
Title: Chief of Resources
Street Address: 7206 National Seashore Lane
City/State/Zip: Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: (410) 629-6061