Paleontological Research Associate – California

Agency
Great Basin Institute
Location
Death Valley, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$25/hour with benefits
Start Date
10/01/2017
Last Date to Apply
09/15/2017
Website
http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2017-RAP-072
Description
Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Death Valley National Park (DEVA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an (1) Paleontological Research Associate (RA) to join our program and assist DEVA paleontological staff with field work and data processing and analysis. The RA will support a variety of paleontological resource projects. DEVA has a scattered history of paleontology inventories and needs assistance in gathering data for analysis which will guide management and preservation of these unique resources. It is important that these decisions are based on sound scientific inquiry. The RA will work with scientists and volunteers to monitor specific resources following a series of pre-determined protocols, inventory specific sites to document the fossil record, write sections of draft reports, conduct database entry, and organize files in the office. More specifically, the RA will: • Inventory and document specific locations within DEVA for paleontological resources; • Collect and add unique and interesting specimens to the DEVA collections; • Develop a database of paleontological resources (literature) for the Death Valley Region; • Establish a GIS data layer for the localities and fossil types within DEVA; and • Work with Park staff to develop interpretive programs around paleontology. Compensation: o Rate of pay: $25/hour o Health Insurance Timeline: o Six month appointment beginning September 2017, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation o 40 hours per week; some overtime and weekend work may occasionally be required Location: Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California and boasts some of the hottest and driest climates, and lowest elevation in North America. A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert. Shared housing in the park may be available (dorm style accommodations with shared bedroom/no pets) at an affordable rate, otherwise the closest available accommodations are in Pahrump or Beatty, Nevada (both approximately 1 hour away). How to Apply: Please follow the link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=TAM&req=2017-RAP-072 We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
Qualifications
Technical Requirements- o Master’s degree in geologic science, paleontology, or related field; o Experience conducting geologic and/or paleontological field work in the Mojave Desert; o Ability to understand, implement and adhere to established data collection, inventory, recording, and monitoring protocols; o Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other resources staff (GBI or NPS); o Experience completing paleontology site forms (or portions of site forms) and/or entering site form data in to database programs; o Experience post-processing field data, a plus; o Experience preparing, reviewing and writing reports; o Ability to utilize ArcGIS software to build maps, organize and manage data, and manipulate data layers; o Experience operating hand-held GPS equipment for navigation and electronic field data collection; o Read and interpret topographical maps and navigate using a compass; o Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with the public, coworkers, and Technical Advisors both orally and in writing, and respond in a professional manner to inquiries from the public regarding work activities; o Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing mutual goals; o Experience developing and implementing environmental education and outreach programs and curricula; o Experience conducting interpretation, highly desirable; o Experience creating interpretive materials (e.g.: pamphlets, posters) or displays; and o Knowledge of and/or experience developing multi-media programs, desirable. Additional qualifications: o Motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter that has the flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities and possesses strong organizational skills; o Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented; o Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field; o Willingness to sometimes work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights); o Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; o Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a mountain and/or desert environment in all seasons; and o Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred. Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application. We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
Contact Person
Momoka Maeda
Contact Phone
7756745475
Contact eMail
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