Royal Gorge Field Office
Location: Canon City, CO
Start Date: June 3, 2018
End Date: August 18, 2018
Related Degrees: Geology, Paleontology
Position Description: This internship directly supports BLM leadership priorities #2 and #5, Making America Great Through Shared Conservation Stewardship by working with our partners to promote multiple-use on public lands and Serving the American Family by being good neighbors and sharing information that is of particular interest to the public in order to enhance their recreational experiences. The Public loves the story of dinosaurs in their backyard and particularly in the community of Canon City. The primary focus for the incumbent will be to share the stories of paleontological resources right in their backyard. This also provides for protection of paleontological resources through development of educational materials and programs. The goal is to create stewards for Federal paleontologic resources by ensuring access to paleontological resources for all ages of user groups. The main project for the incumbent will be to work with the existing Garden Park Fossil Area, Hands on the Land (HOL) website to develop an action plan that better incorporates existing materials into the HOL format and therefore into a more readily available format for educators. This project builds upon years of materials that can be used to develop educational materials and will involve work with local non-profit organizations as well as the local school district. Additional duties would include work with the local Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, local volunteer groups, and local schools to develop interpretive products that help increase public awareness of the significance of local paleontologic and geologic resources. This interpretive work will involve updating existing websites and assisting with completing an exhibit at the Royal Gorge Museum.