Paleontological Field Technician
Location: Pasadena, CA

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (Æ) has ongoing openings for project-specific Paleontological Field Technicians. The pay range for this position is $20 – 30 per hour. Æ is a consulting firm specializing in history, archaeology, cultural resources management (CRM), and paleontology. We recognize that our staff is our greatest asset and we are committed to providing a collegial, professional, and positive work environment. We take pride in providing a great place to work and we seek a qualified individual to join our team of stellar professionals.


The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out pre-construction field surveys and conducting mitigation monitoring during project development. Job duties may also include fossil salvages, matrix washing and picking, and laboratory work (preparation, identification, and cataloging of fossil specimens).  All work will be conducted under the supervision of a qualified Paleontologist.

Skill Requirements: 

  • Paleontology (fieldwork, museum or research) experience;
  • Ability to read and interpret geologic maps and record geologic and stratigraphic data;
  • Ability to recognize and record fossil resources in the field;
  • Knowledge of and basic operation of GPS technology;
  • Aptitude for taking detailed and accurate field notes;
  • Valid driver’s license, with the willingness to drive in “off-road” conditions.
  • Applicants must be physically fit and able to handle strenuous field conditions in sometimes adverse weather. Fieldwork may entail hiking on rugged terrain and steep slopes or require standing or walking for long periods of time throughout the day.
  • Pre-employment drug screening may apply for specific project assignments.


Undergraduate or advanced degree in geology, paleontology, earth sciences, or closely related field. Prior experience in California preferred, but not required.


Applied EarthWorks offers a wide range of benefits and a competitive compensation package.  Eligibility for benefits is earned with length of service and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and professional development time; 401(k); and health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Æ additionally offers an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) which provides employee-owners with a direct stake in Æ’s success by means of a retirement benefit. Pay will be commensurate with experience.  When applicable, expense reimbursement will be provided for out of town work.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume/CV, and at least three references via email to Please note position title in the subject line.

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