2005 GeoCorps America™ Positions Available

Did you ever imagine of being involved in an exciting on-the-ground field project in one of America’s National Parks or National Forests? The Geological Society of America’s GeoCorps America™ Program places all levels of geoscientists — college students, professionals, and retirees — in summer positions with the National Park Service and US Forest Service in order to assist with geoscience projects on America’s public lands.

Summer 2005 GeoCorps positions are now posted on the GSA Web site. Apply today!


GeoCorps America™ 2004 Program Highlights

Here are some exciting experiences that GeoCorps participants have had in the field:
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Alison Mote, Sierra National Forest
Alison Mote, Sierra Nat. ForestAlison Mote spent three months working on diverse projects in the Sierra National Forest, the Inyo National Forest, and the Sequoia National Monument. She helped a team of scientists collect water samples from several glacial lakes in the National Forests for a long-term water quality monitoring program to study the effects of air pollution on Wilderness ecosystems. This project gave her the unique experience to conduct fieldwork in one the most pristine Wilderness areas in the National Forest and expand her knowledge of hydrologic field techniques. She helped produce a cave inventory for the Sequoia National Monument where she identified and explored caves within Kings Canyon that are protected under the Federal Cave Protection Act of 1988. Alison located caves within the National Monument and assessed significant biologic and geologic resources to determine proper management plans that will protect the quality of cave resources on public land.

Jenny Cooke, Grand Canyon National Park
Jenny Cooke, Grand Canyon National ParkJenny Cooke worked as an educator on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Her daily activities included providing information to visitors as well as giving educational interpretive programs on the geology, archeology, and natural history of this incredible World Heritage Site. Jenny gave evening slideshow programs about ancient environmental changes in the Grand Canyon as well as an afternoon geology and fossil walks. She presented evening campfire programs on fossils and afternoon programs designed especially for kids on rocks and fossils found in the Canyon. Jenny helped launch a lecture series in which she gave presentations on how to date the rock layers in the Grand Canyon.

Neil Kelley, Fossil Butte National Monument
Neil Kelley, Fossil Butte National MonumentFossil Butte National Monument is a world-famous fossil locality, known for its exquisitely preserved and astonishingly abundant fish fossils. The monument was created in 1972 to preserve this valuable resource and allows visitors an up-close look at the fossils in their ‘natural’ environment. Neil Kelley worked in the research quarry allowing visitors the opportunity to observe and even participate in the systematic collection of fossil specimens. He was involved in collecting mammal fossils (including teeth belonging to the famous primitive horse Hyracotherium), working in the fossil prep lab demonstrating preparation techniques, and contributing to an educational exhibit comparing fossil species with their closest living relatives.

Scott Beason, Mount Rainier National ParkScott Beason, Mount Rainier National Park
As an interpretive geologist at Mount Rainier National Park, Scott Beason’s daily duties varied from working the ranger information desk to conducting guided walks to presenting PowerPoint presentations on the geology and geologic hazards of Mount Rainier. A typical week would consist of evening programs, many guided walks on the geology or the sub alpine ecology of the mountain, and a junior ranger program to kids on rock identification. Scott found it exciting to help people make connections to the natural world around them. He also had the opportunity to take field trips with and learn from geologists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This allowed him to get an in-depth look at the geologic wonders of the volcano from experts who had tens of years of experience with the mountain.


GeoCorps Sponsors

GeoCorps is possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • The GSA Foundation, GeoCorps Fund
  • American Geological Institute
  • Coconino County, Arizona
  • National Park Service, Geologic Resources Division
  • National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysists
  • USDA Forest Service

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