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“ACE EPIC BLM UT: Paleontology and Quarry Steward Internship
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah’s Price Field Office, is seeking Three Paleontology and Quarry Stewardship Intern to dedicate 15 weeks in providing the stewardship of a world renowned paleontological site through assisting in the development and delivery of inquiry and curriculum-based programs in Jurassic paleontology, environmental education and stewardship to local youth and visitors.
This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional with a background in environmental education, paleontology, geology, ecology, biology, conservation, natural resource management or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in environmental education and outreach, as well as working in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the nation.
Start Date: May 2018 (No later than May 21st)
End Date: August 2018
*A 15-week commitment is required*
Location: Price, Utah.
The BLM Utah Price Field is located in the mid-region of Utah and is considered the gateway to the red-rock country of the San Rafael Swell. This area is described as an exposed sandstone coral reef, a stone saw blade, and the jagged remains of a dinosaur backbone, giving tribute to some of the amazing geologic, paleontological, and cultural treasures found at and near the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry National Natural Landmark.
Project Website: For more information on the BLM Utah Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, please visit their websites at: https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/cleveland-lloyd-dinosaur-quarryl. For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: usaconservation.org.
Compensation: The intern will work 40+ hours/week and receive a living allowance of $160/week paid bi-weekly. Housing is provided in Price, Utah at no cost to the intern. Intern is also eligible to earn an AmeriCorps award during their term of service. More information will be provided during the interviews.
Project Background and Objectives: Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. Over 12,000 bones (belonging to at least 74 individual dinosaurs) have been excavated at the quarry. While paleontologists have learned a great deal about the Jurassic period from their findings at Cleveland-Lloyd, the site presents many more mysteries, making it a most fantastic outdoor lab and classroom. Visitors and youth will engage in hands-on field experiences, learn about public lands, and further their understanding, appreciation and stewardship of natural and cultural resources. This will be achieved through the implementation and delivery of a curriculum-based education program, visitor center and public outreach, and site interpretation activities.
Resource Education: The intern will assist in implementing and delivering hands-on, inquiry and curriculum based education programs to k-6 school students regarding geology, ecology, and fossils. Projects may also include developing new lesson plans, maintaining program statistics, and creating visual aids.
Visitor Center Outreach: The intern will help staff the visitor center and interact with visitors, providing information on the site, interpretative displays, available site activities, and leading guided tours. Additionally, the intern will assist other visitor center duties such as, fee collection, bookstore operation, and general center maintenance (sweeping and care of interpretative displays).
Interns will have the opportunity to work with professional paleontologists, and spend part of the week working at the Prehistoric Museum in Price. This includes learning fossil prep work, supporting in the creation of exhibits, and prospecting in the field for new sites. Some interns enjoy volunteering at the museum on their day’s off. Interns may get the chance to work with partners to look for new vertebrate fossil sites in the field as well.
Interns may also have the opportunity to work with visiting students from the University of Wisconsin/Oshkosh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania teams in the bonebed in July. Teams will be camping in the field and interns will have the opportunity to join them. Other programs include field crews from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Interns are expected to work 5 days per week. Hours are fluid (with starting times ranging from 6am-9am), and work schedules for the visitor center and education staff will require weekend and holiday work.
- Internship is available to US Citizens
- Interns must be 18-35 years old
- Deep interest in geology, paleontology, education, and respect for nature.
- Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to work alone and in a group
- Applicants are expected to be highly motivated, reliable, and willing and able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision.
- Must have a Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and ability to provide documentation
- Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather. Be able to carry and lift up to 30 pounds, work long hours in the field on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry
- English proficiency required
- Knowledge and skills in the principles of education and interpretation.
- A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
- Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
- Excellent public speaking skills.
- Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This postion may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at email@example.com.”
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