Basics About USGS

The USGS is a science bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. It provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of...
For general inquiries, call 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) or use the online form.If you know the name of a specific person who you would like to contact, look them up at the USGS employee phonebook. USGS officesPlease note that many of our offices are...
 USGS offices in each state. The USGS Headquarters office is located in Reston, Virginia.          
The USGS provides data on many different science topics. Most of it can be downloaded for free from our website. If you are looking for a particular data set and cannot find it through Internet searches, please call USGS Science Information Services toll...
Volunteer opportunities with United States Federal agencies are listed at the Volunteer.gov website. However, not all USGS volunteer positions are listed on Volunteer.gov.  You may want to contact a local office directly and ask about possible volunteer...
Volunteers assist on some projects. In all cases, first the volunteers are carefully trained. Then they are supervised by a Federal employee while they work. In addition, to ensure quality-control, their data are checked by USGS supervisors. Volunteers...
Most USGS offices are not set up to accommodate visitors, but a few of the larger offices have a visitor’s center and/or provide a guided (or self-guided) tour. Before stopping by a USGS office, you should check their website or call ahead to make sure...
The USGS does not have a formal program for providing field trips or classes. USGS employees will sometimes lead field trips or teach classes that are coordinated through an outside organization, but these are not advertised by the USGS.
The USGS Newsroom is the best starting point for news releases and media information. You can browse news releases by state. You can also browse news releases by date.  
As a science agency for the United States government, the USGS serves all United States citizens. The USGS can only be “joined” by its employees, but citizens can get involved in USGS research through its many Citizen Science programs.