Paleontological Field Technician

Office Location US-WY-Sheridan | US-ND-Bismarck | US-UT-Vernal | US-CO-Broomfield
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking multiple Paleontological Field Technicians to support field work for projects in the Rocky Mountain Region (e.g., Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota).  You should be able to work alone or on small teams; and depending on workload overtime is possible.


What you will accomplish

SWCA paleontological field Technicians assist with field surveys, construction monitoring, excavations, fossil salvages, and other field tasks as needed.  We place an emphasis on thorough, accurate and efficient collection and recordation of paleontologic, lithologic and stratigraphic data.  Field techs may also be required to assist with laboratory fossil preparation, data entry and management, and data analysis.  

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Geology or Biology with education or equivalent training in paleontology and sedimentary geology is required; although a graduate degree in Geology or Biology or equivalent training in paleontology and sedimentary geology is desirable
  • Must have the necessary experience and minimal qualifications to be approved as a Field Agent (preferred) or Field Monitor by the BLM
  • Prior paleontological field experience including looking for, finding, and documenting fossils is necessary with preference for experience in the Rocky Mountain Region
  • Prior experience with paleontological mitigation projects and the ability to describe sedimentary rocks is highly desirable
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork for long hours in sometimes inclement (e.g., hot, cold, wet) weather conditions, including hiking long distances (up to 7 miles per day) often in rugged terrain; must be able to carry of various types of field equipment and supplies weighting up to 40 pounds
  • Must have the ability to use excavation tools (e.g., shovels, picks) and kneel, potentially in tight spaces, for extended periods of time.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS applications is a plus.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record; and must comply with SWCA safety policies


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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