Working with the NPS Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK), GBI is recruiting one (1) Paleontologist to conduct various park projects under the supervision of the TUSK Integrated Resources Program Manager.
The goal of this project is to better understand the scope and extent of paleontological resources on National Park Service (NPS) lands within Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK). This understanding will further NPS compliance with the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA) (PL 111-11), which requires bureaus to preserve, manage, and protect paleontological resources as well as develop inventory and monitoring programs using scientific principles and expertise (Secretary’s Top 10 Priorities: 1.a.). Additionally, this understanding will help streamline the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) while maintaining environmental standards (Secretary’s Top 10 Priorities: 1.c.). Paleontological resource maps and information developed from this project will allow land managers to more efficiently review proposed projects under NEPA for potential impacts on paleontological resources and to more quickly approve projects that will have no known impacts (Secretary’s Top 10 Priorities: 7.a.).
Prolonged standing, walking, and bending will be required, as well as lifting and moving of heavy items weighing 50 pounds or more. Completing paleontological work in the southwest requires the physical endurance to walk over a variety of terrain and in a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat. Approximately 40% of time will be spent in the field during the course of this position. Temperatures in the summer regularly exceed 90-110? F and monsoons occur during July-September.
The Great Basin Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental research, education, and service throughout the West. GBI’s Research Associate Program provides multidisciplinary capacity for professional support of diverse partnerships across western states while presenting emerging professionals with career-enhancing opportunities in natural/cultural/recreation resource management, ecological conservation, environmental stewardship, and related fields. The Paleontologist will gain exposure to policies and approaches for managing paleontological resources on public lands and enhance their experience in standard techniques for paleontological field documentation, management of associated data, and reporting.
o A Bachelor’s degree in Paleontology or similar discipline;
o Relevant field experience in Paleontology or similar discipline;
o An understanding of basic principles and approaches related to performing Paleontological site assessments and site recordation;
o Experience with standard field techniques to survey and assess Paleontological resources;
o Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld GPS units and read a topographic map;
o Experience with data processing using Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint);
o Experience using GIS software (e.g., ArcMap) to upload, create and manipulate data and maps, in addition to editing geodatabases;
o Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
o Capacity to work independently and within a team environment;
o Must be motivated, self-directed, organized, and detail oriented in order to balance multiple tasks simultaneously;
o Physically fit to work long hours outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand the climatic rigors of the desert;
o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with the ability to safely operate a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.
The 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 this position.
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