GeoCorps of America | Summer Job Opportunities


  • Position: Geoscience opportunities through the BLM’s Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistants program (3 Paleontology positions detailed here)
  • Employer: BLM – Bureau of Land Management (USA)
  • Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate students in a degree program related to geoscience, or have graduated with a degree related to geoscience less than two years before the beginning of their project
  • Location: Various BLM locations, USA
  • Application Deadline: 3rd March 2017
  • Queries at: mdawson@geosociety.org
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Offer full description:

Position Description:

During the summer of 2017, the GSA GeoCorps America program will be recruiting 17 participants for rigorous geoscience opportunities through the BLM’s Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistants program. These opportunities bring new and diverse viewpoints to the BLM while working on rigorous projects targeted for attracting, recruiting, and filling mission critical and hard-to-fill occupations. Participants in this program will gain hands on career experience in geoscience, gain experience contributing to real, needed projects, and grow their professional network.

Projects in the BLM DHA-RA program focus on:
• Geology;
[Geology Position Descriptions]
• Planning and Environmental Assessment/Physical Science;
[Physical Scientist Position Descriptions]
• GIS;
[GIS Position Descriptions]
• Petroleum Engineering; and
[Petroleum Engineering Position Descriptions]
• Paleontology.
[Paleontology Position Descriptions]
Please clearly specify which specialized area you are interested in at the beginning of your cover letter. Be sure to address why you are interested in participating in the BLM DHA-RA program, and your career interests and goals.

Individuals who successfully participate in these special opportunities may become eligible for noncompetitive hire into certain Department of Interior jobs, under the Direct Hire Authority. This is a fantastic opportunity for geoscientists who are highly interested in a career with the BLM and other Department of Interior agencies.

All eligible candidates are given equal consideration for these opportunities. The BLM’s DHA-RA program is focused on full representation of women, individuals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and other diverse schools. Participants from African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Goals, outcomes, and deliverables:

Participants will produce materials based on the projects assigned to them. Examples of materials produced during BLM DHA-RA projects include maps and GIS data, NEPA documents, and geoscience based education curriculum. Each participant will be required to complete a bi-weekly activity report throughout the project, and submit completed final materials, including a final report and program evaluation, at the end of the project.

Agency involvement (project oversight, mentoring, team building, etc.):

BLM DHA-RA projects each involve a specific project plan, that outlines the work the participant will focus on. Project mentors will work with participants to guide their projects, introduce them to the work and mission of the BLM and other federal agencies, and broaden their network of professional contacts, all while giving the participant a high degree of autonomy over their work.

Professional development & learning opportunities: (trainings, certifications, networking, etc.):

BLM DHA-RA projects provide a challenging and meaningful experience to the participant. Participants will gain experience navigating a professional workforce, the opportunity to exhibit their technical skills and knowledge, apply these skills to current management challenges, and produce plans, data, and educational materials that will help direct the management of BLM properties. Participants will also have the opportunity to gain further training in technical skills related, and adjacent to, the field of their project.

Physical/Natural
Environment:

These projects will be field and office based.
Field work may involve:
• extensive hiking/walking or other outdoor activities
• rugged terrain
• high temperatures
• cold, wet or windy weather
• contact with local vegetation and wildlife.

Work Environment:

These projects will be field and office based. Office work will be indoors. The BLM will provide sufficient office space. Office work may involve extensive computer work—six or more hours of sitting per day.

Qualifications:

Applicants to the BLM DHA-RA program should be current undergraduate or graduate students in a degree program related to geoscience, or have graduated with a degree related to geoscience less than two years before the beginning of their project.

All candidates should have the ability to work well independently and as part of a team, have excellent attention to detail, demonstrable problem solving skills, and effective written and oral communication skills.

Applicants interested in geology projects will need a combination of:
• Knowledge of minerals, stratigraphy, fossil formation and/or geothermal processes;
• Lab skills such as sampling, using a scanning electron microscope, and Xray diffraction;
• Database experience; and
• Experience with GIS and mapping.

Applicants interested in Planning and Environmental Assessment/Physical Science will need a combination of:
• Knowledge of minerals, and their use in mining, oil and gas;
• Familiarity with land us or land management; and
• Familiarity with the Environmental Protection Act.

Applicants interested in Petroleum Engineering will need a combination of:
• Knowledge of basic geologic principles as they apply to oil and gas;
• Database experience; and
• Experience with GIS and mapping.

Applicants interested in Paleontology will need a combination of;
• Familiarity with paleontology and fossil formation;
• Knowledge of Common Core Standards, and other education standards;
• Experience with curriculum development; and
• Exceptional communication skills.

Please clearly specify which specialized area you are interested in at the beginning of your cover letter. Be sure to address why you are interested in participating in the BLM DHA-RA program, and your career interests and goals.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”), and be a current student, or recent graduate who has been out of school for less than two years. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.

Vehicle / Driver’s License Requirement (If applicable):

Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. A personal vehicle is required unless the project is located in the DC area, Alaska, or Hawaii.

Many GeoCorps projects are in remote locations, where a vehicle is required for transportation and access to amenities.

Position Dates:

5 June 2017 – 18 August 2017; some flexibility

Position Duration:

11 weeks

Living Allowance (Stipend):

$6,600

Travel Allowance:

NA

Housing Allowance:

NA

Housing Details:

Free, on-site agency housing is not available. Participants will use a portion of their wage to cover costs of a local rental. If desired, GSA and the agency can provide assistance in locating suitable housing. The selected participant is encouraged to discuss the housing situation with local agency staff.”
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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)

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