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Paleontology Member- Grand Canyon National Park

Paleontology Member

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park is seeking One Paleontology Member to contribute to projects related to the preservation of the park's fossil record project alongside NPS Staff.

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Start Date: June 6th, 2022

End Date: January 27th, 2023 *a 34-week minimum commitment is required *

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $800/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


  • Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS

Work Environment: Work environment will include both field and office work. Field work could consist of back county travel and good outdoor experience is important for these activities. Staff safety is extremely important at ACE and within the NPS therefore, all work activities need to be planned in accordance with safety considerations including weather, terrain, potential hazards and preparedness for a wide range of conditions.

Position Description: The ACE Fellow will work with and support a multi-disciplinary team involved with documented the fossil record preserved at Grand Canyon National Park. The paleontology intern will be assigned weekly duties to support all aspects of the field work, data management, report writing, and other activities to support fossil inventory and monitoring. Through this internship, the ACE Fellow will gain knowledge and experience involving the operations of the National Park Service and the practices and procedures undertaken by the NPS Paleontology Program involving fossil inventories. This includes procedures for field documentation of fossil localities, management of paleontological resource data and specimens, and the planning for educational outreach activities related to the park's paleontology. They will also cooperate with NPS Paleontology Program and Grand Canyon NP staff involving paleontology outreach and education activities, and engage in scientific research projects with NPS and outside collaborators.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service.



  • Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor duties in all types of inclement weather and at high and low altitudes (2000 to 9,000 feet)
  • Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds and serve on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry of the park

Preferred Skills:

  • Ample field experience in desert environments with rugged terrain
  • Training and expertise in field methods
  • Ability to recognize and identify fossils
  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS
  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GNSS and data collection equipment in the field
  • Good field note-taking, writing, and communication skills
  • Ability to serve alone or in a group
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain
  • English proficiency required

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Western Programs Manager, Deanna Stark at 719-822-8178 or

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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