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Public Land Name: Fossil Butte National Monument
Position Title: Public Education Geology / Paleontology (2 Positions)
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012035
Location: Kemmerer, WY
Position Description: The participant will perform a variety of interpretive activities including visitor services in the visitor center (presenting geology/paleontology-themed programs, roving interpretation and fossil preparation demonstrations, greeting visitors, etc.), assist with school group visits (in May, September, and October) and assist staff in the parkís research/interpretive quarry in the Green River Formation. Based on applicantís skills, abilities and interests, projects may include exhibit design, pod casts, site-bulletins, or fossil surveys. The participant will work indoors and outdoors. 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. There are 2 positions available under this description at this location during this season. To be considered for any of these positions, a candidate only needs to submit an application for this one. One participant is being sought to work the early summer, and one participant is sought for the late summer.
Materials to be produced by participant: Development and presentation of programs for the general visitor and school groups.
Qualifications: Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student in a university/college majoring in the geosciences, vertebrate paleontology or earth sciences education. Geoscience faculty are also welcome to apply. The participant should be able to work well independently, both in the office and in the field with little supervision, have basic map reading and GPS orientation skills and must be comfortable hiking cross-country in a rugged mountain environment. Public speaking skills are mandatory. Basic computer skills are required, advanced skills required if project other than Wasatch fossil survey (such as exhibit design or pod cast development). 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 1-July 21 (early summer) & July 16-October 6 (late summer). In your application, please indicate the dates you are available.
Position Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: $2,750
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: $0
Housing Details: On site housing is provided at no cost to the participant. Participant will share furnished duplex apartment with up to 3 roommates (two per bedroom). There are two apartments, each with shared living room, dining room, kitchen, coin operated clothes washer and free dryer. Each apartment has two bedrooms each with two bunks and a bathroom. Each apartment has a TV and DVD player. Satellite TV service is available at tenantís expense. Kitchen is fully furnished. Pots, pans, cutlery, flatware, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, dish towels, cleaning supplies, and dishes provided. Each tenant needs to bring bedding for twin size bed, bath towels and personal toiletry items. Housing is located 12 miles from Kemmerer. A personal vehicle is recommended to provide freedom during personal time. For participants without a vehicle accommodations are made for one weekly trip to town to visit the grocery store, library, post office and other approved destinations.
Fossil Butte National Monument is located in a sagebrush steppe desert in southwest Wyoming at elevations above 6,700 feet. This environment is frequented by pronghorn antelope, mule deer, elk, coyotes, with a rare mountain lion passing through. The monument encompasses 8,198 acres of Eocene lacustrine rocks of the Green River Formation overlying the fluvial rocks of the Wasatch Formation. The Green River Formation is famous for its well-preserved fish. While the 24 species of fish are the most common fossils they are associated with reptiles, amphibians, and plants of their aquatic environment. Rare components of the terrestrial environment include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, plants and insects. The associated fluvial deposits of the Wasatch Formation contain disarticulated Wasatchian age mammal, reptile, bird, and fish fossils. Kemmerer is a community of 3,000 located 15 miles east of Fossil Butte NM. Kemmerer has a grocery store, hardware store, variety store, post office, recreation center, movie rentals, movie theater, golf course, walking trails, first JC Penney store, and 4 rock shops in the vicinity.
Work Environment: The parkís research and interpretive quarry is situated near a hiking trail on an exposed, barren, west-facing hillside, ĺ mile walk from the parking area. Depending on weather, interpretive programs will be presented either on the visitor center porch or indoors.
# of current Applicants: 19

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: Marcia Fagnant
Title: Lead Interpreter
Street Address: Fossil Butte National Monument864 Chicken Creek Road
City/State/Zip: Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone: (307) 877-4455
Contact Name: Arvid Aase
Title: Museum Curator/Paleontologist
Street Address: Fossil Butte National Monument864 Chicken Creek Road
City/State/Zip: Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone: (307) 877-4455