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Public Land Name: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Position Title: Geologist [Diversity Internship]
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012022
Location: Milford, PA
Position Description: The GeoCorps intern will participate in several tasks to assist Park staff conducting geohazard assessments and collected related GIS data for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in accordance with NPS policies. Recent natural events such as flooding and high water events have greatly impacted the park and park infrastructure. Park managers have the need to understand more about the expected changes along river and stream banks to adequately address possible actions during flooding events and threats to infrastructure. The primary task will be to locate, assess, and map geohazards in the park along the Delaware River and major tributaries. This position will include both field and office work. The position will be hosted in the Planning and Natural Resource Management offices in working closely with the GIS and resources management staff. Opportunities to participate in other park programs will likely be available. This position is offered through the Geological Society of America's GeoCorps America Program in partnership with the National Park Service’s Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Program.
Materials to be produced by participant: The applicant will produce a report on the assessment and condition of existing and potential geohazards located along the river and major tributaries in the park including associated GIS data and recommendations that could be incorporated into a land management plan. An oral presentation of the results of the assessment will be given to park staff at the completion the internship.
Qualifications: Applicants must be working towards a graduate degree in geomorphology, geology, geohydrology, or a related field. Knowledge of GPS and GIS is required. The applicant should be able to work well independently, both in the office and in the field with minimal supervision. Applicant should be comfortable working in a river environment and operating a canoe or kayak, must have the ability to hike steep terrain and have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.
Position Dates: May–August, with flexible start/end dates
Position Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: $2,750
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: $0
Housing Details: The park will provide housing at no cost to the participant. Private room in a park-owned house with shared kitchen and bath. Laundry facilities may also be available. A personal vehicle is highly recommended. Cell phone reception may be poor or non-existent in most areas of the park.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area contains two physiographic provinces—the Pocono Plateau and the Valley and Ridge. This bottom-of the watershed park encompasses approximately 70,000 acres in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and includes the 40.6 miles of the Middle Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. It is approximately 80 miles west of New York City and 100 miles north of Philadelphia. Nearby towns are Stroudsburg PA, Milford PA, Newton NJ and Sparta NJ. All community services are available in Stroudsburg PA, Newton NJ and Port Jervis NY.
Work Environment: The work environment will be office and field based. However, travel along the river both via road and boat will be required as well as hiking along streams and steep ravines. Hemlock ravines often have steep terrain, rocky outcrops and slippery surfaces. The position will involve some strenuous physical activity - hiking uneven, wildland terrain in hot and humid weather. Temperatures average 80 degrees in the summer months. The participant will receive training on how to safely conduct fieldwork. The Planning/Resource Management office is located in Milford, PA a small historic town in the tri-state (NY/NJ/PA) region with a community of about 2000 people. Milford is approximately 90 minutes from NYC. The offices are located in the Historic Peirce (Arisbe) House.
# of current Applicants: 18

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: Leslie Morlock
Title: GIS Coordinator
Street Address: 294 Old Milford Road
City/State/Zip: Milford, PA 18337
Phone: (570) 296-6952
Contact Name: Kara Deutsch
Title: Natural Resource Specialist/NEPA Coordinator
Street Address: 1 River Road
City/State/Zip: Bushkill, PA 18324
Phone: (570) 426-2439