Position: Field Internship
Length: May 13 - September 3, 2019 (dates are flexible)
Description: You will work with our field instructors, helping them to run public programs, manage dig sites, and inspire the next generation of scientists. In telling the stories of our natural history you must be engaging and educational. You will be expected to run half-day dig site tours on your own after your first 2 weeks. Other duties may include working the front desk, volunteering in the prep lab, maintaining exhibits, performing janitorial duties, etc. With such a small staff on hand, everyone must do their part to make this summer successful.
The Two Medicine Dinosaur Center is small natural history museum located along the Rocky Mountain Front in Bynum, MT, one and a half hours south of Glacier National Park. We serve about 5,000 visitors a year between May and September, many of which are traveling between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. The thing that sets us apart from other museums in the state is that we offer public dig programs, in which we invite just regular people to dig with us. Our mission can be boiled down to “Education through Research” and so we try to include the public in as much of our operations as we can. Dig program participants help us in the field with exploration, excavation, and extraction, and in the lab with cleaning and piecing back together fossils, while museum visitors can directly observe lab activities through a large window.
Because we are so small and so open, we place a heavy emphasis on customer service and value each and every one of our interactions with the public. Regardless of what position you are applying for, you will, no doubt, have to answer visitor questions, entertain children, be on your feet all day, and do it all with a smile.
However, you will be able to gain experience in more than customer service. We teach all of our new staff the basic skills needed for a career in paleontology, including quarry methods, note-taking, bone and fossil identification (sometimes poop too), lab methods, and reading the local geology. It makes it easier for us, and for you, if you’ve taken GEO101 and a Field Methods class or similar introductory courses.
- must be 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 to all age groups
- a background in science
- be 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
- exposure to the elements, such as rain, snow, sleet, hail, high winds, and extreme heat and sun, for extended periods of time (seriously though, come prepared for anything)
- driving 15-passenger vans/suburbans off road
- bending over, crouching, scrambling, lifting, pulling
- must maintain energy and positivity throughout a 9-hour day in the field
- You will be expected to work at least five 9-hour days per week, however, the number of paid hours will fluctuate, particularly during the initial training period. Due to the unpredictable schedule, days off are not scheduled, but will be allocated, for field instructors/program crew.
We aren’t quite in the middle of nowhere, but you can see it from here. Bynum is a small town of 31 people and the nearest town is Choteau, 13 miles south. Choteau only has 1800 people. All of our seasonal staff live in trailers on museum property but these are only hooked up to electricity, so no water, propane, or sewage. Fortunately, there is a shower, washer, dryer, and kitchen located in the museum for the staff to share. There is no janitor, so it is the staff’s responsibility to keep these areas clean and presentable. There is little to no cell service unless you have Verizon. Wifi is available, but slow due to all the use during the summer, so don’t expect to watch Netflix every night and have it be perfect. We have a fire pit.
- wages: $10/hr for every program on which you are the primary lead, $8.50/hr for desk duty when needed, training is unpaid
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)
By March 9, 2018 please send your resumé, cover letter, references and portfolio (optional) to
Two Medicine Dinosaur Center
P.O. Box 786