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Fw: Summer Paleontology Internship Available



Once again, I'm taking the liberty of forwarding this post from the vrtpaleo 
list. Sounds wonderful if you have wheels. It's so important to get good field 
experience when you're starting out. DV:

<< Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona is looking for
paleontology/geology summer interns to help conduct an ongoing inventory of
paleontological sites in the park.

This is a fieldwork based inventory in which participants will be part of a
team effort to relocate historic paleontological sites in the field and
record data relevant to each site including GPS coordinates and photographs
as well as geological and stratigraphic data.  All of this information will
be entered into the park database for future use.  It is also possible that
participants will be asked to collect or excavate threatened fossil
resources.  In addition, there will be some office work required including
database entry and research of pertinent literature.  This is an excellent
opportunity for students to gain experience in basic geological mapping,
field exploration, collection techniques and to become familiar with the
role of the National Park Service in resource protection.  The exposures in
the park are Late Triassic in age and contain early dinosaurs,
labyrinthodont amphibians and many crocodile-like archosaurs and well as
numerous plants and freshwater invertebrates.

The position will be based out of Petrified Forest National Park, 24 miles
east of Holbrook, Arizona on Interstate 40.  Park housing is available and
free of charge for all interns.  A stipend may also be available.  Housing
for this position is a three bedroom house.  Kitchen, bath, dining and
living rooms are shared.  Bedroom may be shared.  Houses are located at the
park headquarters.  Although not required, applicants are advised that a
personal vehicle will greatly help accessing services such as groceries,
doctors, and other amenities.

This position is for 12 weeks starting the middle of May 2004 and
continuing through August.

Work is primarily performed outdoors, often under adverse weather
conditions including extreme heat and daily thunderstorms.  Participants
may be required to hike long distances in rough terrain in a hot, dry
climate sometimes carrying heavy loads up to 50 pounds.  Work requires long
periods of bending, stooping, walking, climbing and working in cramped
positions.  Work is often performed in backcountry or wilderness areas of
the park.

Applicants should have a background in paleontology or geology, a basic
knowledge of fossil resources and their preservation, and have a working
knowledge of computers.  Familiarity with the paleontology, including the
paleobotany, of the Late Triassic is helpful but not necessary.  Basic
knowledge of GPS and GIS is also helpful but not required.

Non- U. S. Citizens must possess a valid J-2 visa to be eligible for this
position.

To apply send a current resume and the names and contact information for
two references to:   Bill Parker, Division of Resource Management,
Petrified Forest National Park, PO Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028

For more information regarding this position please contact Bill Parker at
Petrified Forest National Park.  E-mail: William_Parker@nps.gov; Phone:
(928) 524-6228 ext. 262.
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Bill Parker
Vertebrate Paleontologist
Division of Resource Management
Petrified Forest National Park
P.O. Box 2217
1 Park Road
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028
(928) 524-6228 x262 >>