Geology Assistant

Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth, WY
400/week, housing paid by employer
Dec 27, 2018
Jan 27, 2019
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation

Please apply through the link above to the Geoscientist in the Park program. 

Position Description:

Duties may include; conducting general geologic field work, collecting geologic and water samples, maintaining/downloading temperature data loggers, sampling volcanic gasses, measuring thermal water pH and conductivity, constructing geologic/image databases, using petrographic microscopes and creating geologic and other maps. Other duties include:

• Assist the park geologist and Geology Program staff to identify and mitigate geologic hazards.
• Assist with review and auditing of permitted science research and projects. Yellowstone hosts approximately 175 permitted researchers per year.
• Operate and maintain GIS systems and inventory and monitoring equipment, and construct geologic/image databases.
• Create print and web-based science content derived from assignments and interactions with researchers to educate visitors and increase environmental literacy for the park.
• Organizing, data-basing, and cataloging research specimen collections.
• Field work will involve interacting with a diverse staff of geoscience researchers, educators, law enforcement rangers, landscape architects and other interns and seasonal staff.

The GIP Intern will perform essential work in preserving the natural physical system for future generations to enjoy. The GIP Intern will perform vital monitoring and inventory work on Yellowstone's hydrothermal system; work that is mandated by congress. The GIP will also assist in the management of databases that house data collected by the intern.

This position is offered through the National Park Service's Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Internship Program in partnership with Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) and The Geological Society of America (GSA). Work Products:

• Create and present geologic datasets.
• Create content for visitor interpretive displays and presentations.
• Create and display datasets on maps with GIS software.
• Create reports describing field and laboratory work findings and share these findings with Park management and other vested parties.


The applicant must possess an undergraduate degree in geology, geophysics or related geoscience degree by the start of the internship. A candidate either the possession of or in the process of obtaining an advanced degree in geology or geophysics is preferred. Experience with geologic field work is required. A solid proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) is required. Experience with mobile mapping software such as ArcCollector and Survey 123 is preferred, and proficiency in ArcGIS 10.x or ArcGIS Pro is necessary. Experience with natural resource field data collection is required. Demonstrated skills in programming (Python, is preferred) and data base management is also necessary. An applicant must have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and be able to hike five miles with a 30 pound pack over steep or uneven terrain. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.


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