Topic ID #41491 - posted 9/11/2019 3:37 PM

Paleontology Technician



In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Great Basin Institute seeks a Paleontology Technician to support the Elko District Office (EKDO) Cultural Resources Program. 

The Technician will assist in research for the clean-up and organization of BLM EKDO paleontological resource files. The primary duties of this position will be to work on the compilation of a paleontological resources file detailing previous paleontological work on the Elko District and resulting publications.

This will involve a great deal of research and contact with paleontologists worldwide for the creation of a spreadsheet, file structure, GIS data construction, and mapping.

The primary work of this position is in the office.  Activities include creating spreadsheets and reports based on various projects, using GIS to create maps, and planning and organizing educational events.

The Intern will have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of paleontological specialists and gain a better understanding of the variety of paleontological projects which are carried out on public lands.  The Intern will gain extensive experience in the creation of spreadsheets and file structures, GIS, and mapping.  The Intern can also expect to gain an appreciation for the complexity of managing public lands for multiple uses.

This work will be carried out in the BLM District Office in Elko, Nevada. The Elko District encompasses 7.2 million acres. The town of Elko (pop. 18,000) is located along the I-80 corridor and is approximately 230 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT and 290 miles east of Reno, NV. Recreation opportunities, including hiking, camping, visiting paleontological and cultural resource sites, and wildlife viewing, abound in this region.


Wage: $15.00/hour
• Paid holidays and personal leave
• Limited health insurance (premium paid at no cost to you) starting on day 1


• 11-week appointment starting in October 2019 following successful completion of a DOI Background Investigation
• 40 hours per week, 8-10 hours per day, generally Monday-Friday


  • Bachelor’s degree in geology or a related field and experience in paleontological research or coursework;
  • Good working knowledge of GIS;
  • Knowledge of the Great Basin is a plus;
  • Interest in strengthening current skills in developing, editing, organizing, and managing digital files using databases;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting to accomplish project goals;
  • Possess strong organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines and produce professional deliverables including draft documents for team review;
  • Flexibility and capability to meet the demands of rapidly changing plans and schedules;
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record with experience safely operating 4WD trucks on and off paved roads;
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and goals of BLM;
  • Ability to pass mandatory BLM courses, including computer security and defensive driving;
  • Because this position is being filled under a youth assistance agreement, applicants for the position must be 30 years of age or younger on their start date; and
  • Ability to pass a Department of Interior security background check.
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