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Public Land Name: Dinosaur National Monument
Position Title: Field Paleontologist (2 Positions)
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2012027
Location: Jensen, UT
Position Description: Dinosaur National Monument was created in 1915 to protect the world famous Late Jurassic Carnegie Quarry. However, the Monument's fossil resources extend well beyond that quarry. Although hundreds of other fossil locatlities are known, many outcrops remain to be explored. On going paleontological field work continues to discover new fossil sites every year. For the 2013 summer season, GIPs will participate in and assist paleontology program at Dinosaur National Monument in a variety of activities. 1. Work with park staff and independently of staff relocating known fossil localities and documenting their condition using standard NPS forms. 2. Help develop text and photos for Dinosaur National Monumentís website that will focus on on-going research and the significance of Dinosaurís rich and diverse fossil record. 3. Make resin casts of fossil vertebrate and invertebrate trace fossils (footprints, trails, burrows, etc.) using existing silicone molds. Trace fossils to be cast will range in size from tracks 2 inches long to multi-part surfaces with total length of 5 feet and hundreds of invertebrate trails. Previous casting experience not necessary, instruction will be given in how to mix and make plastic resin casts. 4. Making silicone molds of trace fossils in field situations ranging from flat to angled bedding surfaces to the underside of overhangs. Traces to be molded range from invertebrate trails to dinosaur footprints. Previous molding experience not necessary, instruction will be given in how to apply silicone materials to create molds. 5. Assist in several on-going paleontological inventories of the Nugget Sandstone, Chinle Formation, and Moenkopi Formation. Field work will involve working with park staff as well as researchers and their field crews from outside institutions. 6. Assist with completing several museum reports on Dinosaurís fossil collection. For those interested, opportunity exists to participate in multi-day white water river trips in Dinosaur's spectacular river canyons to assist non-paleontological resource management activities, allowing participant to experience remote areas in the Monument and learn about both the diversity of Dinosaur's natural resources and field techniques used in non earth science disciplines. 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. 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.
Materials to be produced by participant: Some activities, such as participating in paleontological field inventories, do not result in a product by the participants, although that work will contribute to final products from those projects. Products produced by participants will include: 1. Completed site forms for field sites monitored. 2. Photographs and text about Monumentís fossil resources and activities. 3. Resin casts of a wide range of fossil footprints, trails, trackways, etc. 4. Silicon molds of a range of fossil footprints, trails, trackways, etc.
Qualifications: Applicant should be an upperclass undergraduate in the geosciences or paleontology, and have had coursework in historical geology, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, field methods, and mapping. Graduates, faculty candidates and retired professionals are also welcome to apply. The participant should have excellent oral and written communication skills, work well in a team setting, and work without continuing close supervision. Ability to work on steep, irregular, rugged surfaces is essential. Basic photographic skills are needed and experience with digital editing software, such as Photoshop, is desirable. 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 - September, start/end dates flexible
Position Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: $2,750
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: 0
Housing Details: Housing will be provided at no cost to the participant. Housing is furnished as a dormitory situation (with generally 4-6 fellow roommates) with stove, refrigerator, sink & cupboards, cookware and dishes, hot and cold running water, shower, and laundry facilities. Housing is located only 50 yards from the Green River Resource Center office duty station.
Participants will work as teams out of the Green River Resource Center. Field areas are accessible by vehicle, so overnight camping is unnecessary. Field work will be performed in a park environment where the terrain is moderately sloped to steep and uneven. Field work will involve moderate to strenuous exertion with occasional long periods of hiking at an elevation of about 5,000 ft. Hiking will be a mix of walking across sandy and mudstone hills with loose pebbles and smooth, bare rock surfaces. Summer daytime temperatures can reach 100 Ė 105 degrees F. Sturdy footwear is required. Office work is in the Green River Resource Center which has HVAC.
Work Environment: Housing is in the Green River District (Utah). A small convenience store and gas station is located 7 miles away. Vernal, with city amenities, is 20 miles to the east. There is no public transportation, so while not necessary, it is recommended that participant drive a personal vehicle. Government vehicles will be available for field work, though these will be shared among several users. Radio communication with park dispatch is available in most field areas.
# of current Applicants: 23

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: Dan Chure
Title: Paleontologist
Street Address: Dinosaur National MonumentPO Box 128
City/State/Zip: Jensen, UT 84035
Phone: (435) 781-7703
Contact Name: Wayne Prokopetz
Title: Chief, Research and Resource Managament
Street Address: Dinosaur National MonumentPO Box 128
City/State/Zip: Jensen, UT 84035
Phone: (435) 781-7721