Topic ID #42141 - posted 2/13/2020 1:01 PM



Position Summary

Quality Services, Inc. is seeking motivated, experienced paleontologists and paleontology field technicians for temporary employment for 2020, with work likely starting in late March or April.  All levels, including Principal Investigators, crew chiefs, field leaders, and crew members needed for large-scale monitoring projects.  


The positions include conducting surveys and/or monitoring and recording fossil resources, excavating localities, analyzing results, and preparing documentation including locality forms and reports.  The fieldwork will be focused in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming areas.  Applicants are required to walk up to 10 miles per day in remote and sometimes difficult terrain while carrying materials and supplies.  Personnel must be able to sit, stoop, bend, climb, and use hand tools, shovels, and screening and other field equipment.  Variable and inclement weather conditions are expected. 


Fieldwork will generally be 10-hours days.  Lodging and per diem will be provided during work days for fieldwork when overnight stays are required.  Wet weather and field conditions may result in work schedule delays or cancelled work days.  Schedules will be variable and may include partial or full (10+ hours) days.  The schedule may also require working weekends and holidays. 


Minimum Pay Rates:

MA/MS Degrees: $17.00/hour plus experience pay.

BA/BS Degrees: $15.00/hour plus experience pay.

Experienced Paleontologist without undergraduate degree: $12.00/hour plus experience pay.


Minimum Requirements

1.      For Crew Chiefs: Bachelor’s or graduate degree in paleontology, geology, biology, or related field; OR commensurate experience in paleontology inventories and/or monitoring;

2.      For Paleontology Field Technicians: Experience and/or training in paleontology inventories and/or monitoring;

3.      Have the ability to be approved as paleontology field technician or Crew Chief by the United States Forest Service and/or National Park Service;

4.      Knowledge of geology, paleontology, sediments, fossils, and rock identification; and

5.      Valid driver’s license with record acceptable to our insurance company.


Preferred Qualifications

1.      Bachelor’s or graduate degree in paleontology, geology, biology, or related field;

2.      Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters of coursework towards an advanced degree including courses in vertebrate paleontology; and

3.      One or more years of field and/or museum experience working with vertebrate fossils.



1.      Ability to locate, identify, record, and evaluate fossils

2.      Global Positioning System Use

3.      Self-motivated, positive, energetic, and the ability to work and participate as part of a team


How to Apply

Please submit your resume or vita, writing samples, training, experience and references to  Projects are expected to begin in February and March.


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