Teacher on the Public Lands (Southeastern Utah)

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Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:00pm



Moab, UT
United States

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Join the Bureau of Land Management team in protecting our public lands and promoting hands on learning through some of the United States’ most treasured paleontological and geological resources...become a Teacher on the Public Lands.

Southeastern Utah Teachers on the Public Lands Description:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District Office is looking for an educator to apply for the Teacher on the Public Lands - Hands on the Land (HOL) Program.

The Teachers on the Public Lands program was developed by the BLM’s Hands on the Land program and the University of Colorado (UC) Denver to provide professional development opportunities for teachers and educators by placing them as “interns” at the selected BLM HOL site.

This project will last approximately eight to ten weeks between June and August 2017 and includes a 160 hour field experience with the BLM and comple on of an online graduate level course in experiential education. Upon successful comple on of the course and field experience the educator will receive a $2200 professional development s pend. The educator will also receive a full waiver of the UC Denver course credits and tech fees. Lodging may be available for early applicants. All office work is based out of Moab, Utah.

The major outcome of the TPL educators’ field experience will be to work with BLM staff to build the Canyon Country District Paleontology Program education and outreach efforts through the development of a Paleontology specific Scouting activity. This scout activity would be available to all school age children and would involve the completion of a regionally specific paleontology lesson that would teach both science concepts and site stewardship. We wish to utilize our various paleontology public lands sites within our district as outside laboratories, where we teach stewardship, monitoring, and site-based science. The lessons will meet the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) in the Utah State Science Core Curriculum for K-12 audiences.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct independent research on varied topics for the purpose of developing resource educa on programs. Learn about public lands resources.
  • Complete projects that include development of curriculum-based learning activities relevant to both public land resources and the teaching needs of their school district or organization.
  • Complete the online course “Experiential Learning in the Parks” offered by the University of Colorado – Denver. Upon comple on the educator will receive three graduate course credits. All fees and tui on are covered by the Teachers on the Public Lands Program.
  • Work at HOL sites in roles mutually agreed upon by the educator and the local HOL site manager.
  • Develop activities based on their experience to use in their school districts or learning facilities, and at the HOL outdoor classroom.
  • Mentor BLM staff on lesson development, partnering with schools, and other educational components.
  • Work to understand and support resource management efforts and articulate them in their schools/ districts.

In addition, the Teacher on the Public Lands will be introduced to the Bureau of Land Management as a whole and experience the agency’s mission firsthand. Around once a week the educator will get a chance to get out in the field with different specialists (wildlife biologists, geologists, hydrologists, BLM law enforcement rangers, range specialists, outdoor recrea on planners and others). It will be a great way to see and explore the unique values in the BLM Canyon Country District Office. The educator will receive on the ground, firsthand, well-rounded job experiences to see how BLM manages the Public Lands. It is then encouraged that the educator take those experiences back into the classroom and teach their students what their summer position of being a Teacher on the Public Lands consisted of.

The Canyon Country is located in southeastern Utah. The areas geology consists of rocks ranging in age from Paleozoic (Pennsylvanian) through Late Mesozoic (Late Cretaceous) sedimentary units. Triassic - Cretaceous units are highly fossiliferous, containing plants, animals and trackways. Many classic geological features and global tourist destinations are nearby, such as Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Deadhorse Point State Park, and the La Sal Mountains. The Moab Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. Over two million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, along with climbing, biking, hiking, and off‐highway‐vehicle opportunities.

The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the West. It adheres to the policy of multiple uses, thereby providing recreational opportunities, protection for paleontology sites, and the management of natural resources, including wildlife. In 2009 the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act was passed, instructing the Secretary of the Interior to manage and protect paleontological resources on Federal land using scientific principles and expertise, and to develop plans to increase public awareness about the significance of paleontological resources. 

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How to Apply:

To apply, or for additional information, please contact the Canyon Country District Paleontologist, ReBecca Hunt-Foster, at rhuntfoster@blm.gov or at (435) 259-2179. 

Job Compensation:

Academic Credit


Compensation Information:

Upon successful completion of the course and field experience the educator will receive a $2200 professional development stipend. The educator will also receive a full waiver of the UC Denver course credits and tech fees. Lodging may be available for early applicants. All office work is based out of Moab, Utah.