Yellowstone Field Assistant (x4): Pay is $400 a week

This summer, two graduate students under Dr. Madison Myers will undertake mapping-based projects in Yellowstone National Park. These projects include the following:

  • Updates to the Geological Map of Yellowstone, requiring GIS, structure and strong field identification skills
  • Mapping the Sour Creek Dome to help sort out previously unknown units within the Lava Creek Tuff

Geology Students in the FieldEach graduate student will require two undergraduate field assistants, largely to ensure safety due to backcountry hiking and camping conditions. All students will spend extensive amounts of time in the field, with frequent 10 hours days that involve hiking and mapping on the order of 4-8 miles per day, although longer days are possible. In addition, students should be prepared to carry 40+ lb. backpacks at times, especially for when the groups are collecting samples.


Although we are basing salary and expectations on a 5 day on, 2 day off framework, it is possible that a 10 day on, 4 day off scenario could occur. All food, housing and transportation expenses while in the park will be covered. It is also possible to request a half time position (4 or 5 weeks rather than 9 weeks).

The start date for this project is June 17th, with an end date of August 19th.

Minimum Requirements include a B or better in the following classes:

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Structural Geology
Field Methods
Field Camp

Preferred Qualifications

Wilderness First Aid
Sedimentary Petrology
Intro to GIS

The application deadline is March 11th, 2020.

To apply, please email with a brief email statement as to why this would be a fitting internship for your career ambitions, if you would like to apply for all 9 weeks, or only 4-5, as well as a copy of your CV. Please make sure your CV highlights the above required courses with your grade, and any outdoors or research experience you have that would pertain to this project.