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Public Land Name: Fossil Butte National Monument
Position Title: Paleontology Museum Technician [Diversity Internship]
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012033
Location: Kemmerer, WY
Position Description: The participant will work three days a week indoors preparing fossil specimens. Two days a week will be spent outdoors in the fossil quarry (weather permitting). While indoors, the participant will process over 3,000 fossil specimens (primarily fish) to prepare them for museum cataloging. The specimens originated from the park's fossil quarry. Many of them are not visible on the surface and will require x-ray to collect data (species, length, articulation, etc.). Collected data will be recorded in the field book and then entered into an Excel spreadsheet. While outdoors, the participant will operate the park's research/interpretive quarry in the Green River Formation which requires excavating fossils, collecting data, presenting interpretive messages and involving visitors in the process of excavation. The intern will work primarily with the park's Museum Curator/Paleontologist gaining experience with all phases of gathering geologic/fossil specimens, recording their scientific information, cataloging the specimens into the NPS ANCS+ program, and using proper procedures and care for adding each item to the park's museum collection. The park frequently updates and changes its exhibits, so the intern would have the opportunity to assist with planning, selecting specimens for, and working on interpretive text to go in the new exhibit. Since Fossil Butte is a small park, the intern will have opportunities to work with the Lead Park Ranger and visiting groups to experience translating science into education for a variety of age groups. This position is offered through the Geological Society of America's GeoCorps Program in partnership with the National Park Serviceís Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Program.
Materials to be produced by participant: The participant will maintain neat and accurate records.
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 with little supervision. Basic computer skills are required. Being comfortable working with the public is a plus. Applicant must be 18 years or older and 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 25, 2012; 12 wk term.
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 drier. 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 ft. This environment is frequented by elk, deer, coyotes, bobcats with a rare bear or wolverine 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 is 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, movie rentals, movie theater, golf course, walking trails, first JC Penney store, and 4 rock shops in the vicinity.
Work Environment: Specimens are stored in the museum, inside cabinets in a small room. The room is lead-lined to allow safe use of the x-ray equipment when processing specimens. Participant will be working mostly indoors cataloging and curating fossils. Although the work will take place primarily indoors, in a lab/museum setting, there may be opportunities to work and explore outdoors as well. 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.
# of current Applicants: 13

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: Arvid Aase
Title: Curator/Paleontologist
Street Address: Fossil Butte National Monument 864 Chicken Creek Rd
City/State/Zip: Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone: (307) 877-4455
Contact Name: Marcia Fagnant
Title: Lead Interpreter
Street Address: Fossil Butte National Monument 864 Chicken Creek Rd
City/State/Zip: Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone: (307) 877-4455