Paleontological Opportunity for Undergraduates: Petrified Forest National Park, Summer 2018

The Virginia Tech Paleobiology Research Group is looking for 3 undergraduate students to participate in a field expedition in search of early dinosaurs and other reptiles in Upper Triassic strata (~215 million years old) in Petrified Forest National Park (mid- May to early June, 2018). These paid positions include: one summer scholar at Petrified Forest (10 weeks) and two scholars that will be part of a two-week expedition to the park. All three scholars will interact in early summer and will continue their research into the Fall 2018 semester.

This is a fieldwork-based position in which participants will be part of a science team within a national park. In addition, participants will help prepare fossils and will participate in public outreach on site and at Virginia Tech. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in basic geological interpretation, field exploration, collection techniques, fossil preparation, and an introduction to solving paleontological problems.

Applicants should have a background in geoscience or biology, but other sciences will be considered. Additionally, the applicant must not be graduating in 2018 (including December). Completed applications must be sent by April 1st at noon EDT to Dr. Sterling Nesbitt ( and Dr. Michelle Stocker ( Applications can also be obtained from Dr. Sterling Nesbitt.

Full Application Information here: PEFO Jones Undergraduate application 2018 final