Summer Field Internship



Field Internship


Mid-may - Labor Day Weekend (dates have flexibility)

Job Description

The Montana Dinosaur Center is looking for several interns to join our team each summer. Successful applicants will work with our staff to maintain and improve the museum, run public education programs, manage dig sites, and inspire the next generation of scientists. Ideal candidates will be comfortable with public speaking, including telling stories about natural history to a variety of audiences. 


About Us

The Montana Dinosaur Center is a small dinosaur and natural history museum located along the Rocky Mountain Front in Bynum, Montana. We are situated about one and a half hours south of Glacier National Park. Since our founding, TMDC has strived to include laypeople in our excavations. This has primarily taken form through our Public Dig Programs. Dig program participants help us in the field with exploration, excavation, extraction, and in the lab with cleaning and piecing fossils back together. 


Our mission can be boiled down to “education through research,” and we try to include the public in as much of our operations as we can. Because of this, we place a heavy emphasis on customer service and interactions. Fieldwork is primarily in the Two Medicine Formation, which is world-renowned for its exceptional preservation of dinosaur eggs and babies. 


You will be expected to run half-day dig site tours on your own after your first 2 weeks. Other duties include working at the front desk (visitor and retail management), volunteering in the preparatory lab, maintaining exhibits, performing janitorial duties, and other duties as assigned. You will also be expected to talk with and answer people’s questions in the museum gallery, assist with the collection and documentation of fossil specimens, interact and engage children, be on your feet all day, and most importantly, do it with a smile!

What You Will Learn 

You will gain experience in more than customer service. We teach all our new staff the skills needed for a career in paleontology, including:

  • Quarry methods

  • Note-taking

  • Bone & fossil identification (sometimes scat too), 

  • Lab methods

  • Reading the local geology

  • Map Reading,

  • Field Techniques 

    • Documentation 

    • Excavation 

    • Making Field Jackets

  • Lab Techniques

    • Documentation 

    • Preparation. 

  • Public Speaking 

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 or older

  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record

  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs. unaided

  • Be able to walk up to 5 miles per day on uneven terrain

  • Be comfortable with speaking and teaching all age groups

  • Positive attitude 

Desired Qualifications


  • Background in biology or geology 

  • Pursuing a college degree in Biology, Earth Sciences, or related field

  • Prior experience working with the public

  • Prior experience driving vans or similar large vehicles

  • Prior experience excavating fossils and/or other artifacts

  • First Aid Certification

  • Self-starter 

  • Curious Nature 

  • Good Situational Awareness

Typical Working Conditions


  • Occasional exposure to the elements, such as rain, high winds, and extreme heat

  • Driving 15-passenger vans/"Suburbans" off-road

  • Digging activities: bending over, crouching, scrambling, lifting, pulling, digging, shoveling, picking, and other excavation related activities

  • Maintain energy and positivity throughout the day while working in the field

  • Walking several miles through difficult terrain while field searching 


Living Accommodations

For intern housing, camp trailers with electricity are provided on museum grounds.  Bathroom, shower, washer/dryer, and a full kitchen are located in the museum for staff use. Desk/office space is also provided in the museum. Wi-Fi is available everywhere on museum grounds. 


Other Information

  • Stipend: $1000 per month 

  • Starting date: May 14- 18, dependent on schedule

  • End date: Aug 15- Sept 1  

  • Hours and days off are variable, most days will be between 8 and 9 hour days. With at least 1 (ideally 2) days off per week


Application Documents Needed

  • Current resume

  • Cover letter

  • Three (3) references

  • Portfolio of previous work, i.e. field notes, prep projects, list of relevant classes, etc. (optional)

  • Please Address and Send Documents to Cory Coverdell:

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