Utah State University

Full Time Temporary Paleontology Collections and Preparation Technician Intern

City Price Campus
Posted Date 10 months ago(3/28/2022 11:14 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Program Management & Support
Position Type
Temporary Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
40 hours a week for 12 weeks
USU Eastern
USU Eastern-Administration
Advertised Salary
$15.00 per hour
Telework Eligible


The Paleontology Technician at the Prehistoric Museum will work with the Curator of Paleontology, Chief Preparator, and Collections Manager on a Bureau of Land Management grant-funded project to prepare, conserve, and house fossils from the museum’s Price River #2 quarry. PR-2 is a prolific site in the Cedar Mountain Formation, from which the holotype of the ankylosaur Peloroplites and an unnamed sauropod dinosaur were excavated. Over 1000 elements have been prepared from the site, with a number of bones still left to be prepared. The primary goal of this grant is to rehouse sauropod and ankylosaur bones from the site in archival storage jackets, and a majority of this internship will be devoted to rehousing previously prepared specimens. The technician will also assist with preparation of fossils from the quarry and digitization of quarry maps, field notes, and lab notes. The technician will also have the opportunity to join museum field expeditions in eastern and central Utah, assuming adequate progress is made towards the objectives of the grant.


**One position is available for 12 weeks, 40 hours/week, preferably between June 1 and August 24, 2022. Start and end dates are flexible, but this internship must be completed by September 31, 2022. Compensation will be $15/hour. Housing is available in a campus dormitory for $100/week from June 1 – August 24. This position will be based in Price, Utah.**


  • Construct archival storage jackets for sauropod and ankylosaur fossils.
  • Mechanical preparation of vertebrate fossils.
  • Digitization of field and laboratory notes and quarry maps.
  • Data entry using Microsoft Excel and ReDiscovery, our museum specimen database.
  • Assist in the supervision of students and volunteers in these tasks in the fossil preparation lab and museum collections.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in and significant experience building archival storage jackets for large vertebrate fossils.
  • Experience in fossil preparation.
  • Experience working in museum collections.
  • Commitment to using best practices in fossil preparation and collections.
  • At least two years of coursework in paleontology, geology, biology, anthropology, and/or related field(s) of study.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in paleontology, geology, biology, anthropology, or related field.
  • Experience conducting vertebrate paleontology fieldwork.
  • At least one year of experience in fossil preparation.
  • Experience working with museum collections databases.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Experience supervising students and/or volunteers.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Brief photo profile of previous preparation projects, including archival storage jackets constructed to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  3. Contact information for two professional references 
  4. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$15.00 per hour


This position requires moderate physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds), walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting.  This position requires nearly continuous standing, repetitive hand motions, and reaching overhead.  Employees may be exposed to unusual elements including extreme temperatures, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

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Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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