Human Capital

USGS Supervisory Development

Promoting a culture within the USGS that recognizes, supports and honors supervisors for the crucial role they play in ensuring the excellence of our science.

The program strives to develop supervisors who…

  • believe people are as important as science
  • are equipped with a “moral compass” and well-developed leadership skills
  • are strong communicators with the ability to promote teamwork, address conflict and give constructive feedback
  • know the “rules of engagement” for supervisors at USGS
  • are not afraid to make tough decisions and can balance the need to be “Mr Nice Guy” with the need to protect the integrity of USGS
  • routinely hire the right person for the job, communicate clear expectations to their employees, develop their employees’ potential and motivate them to do their best work
  • are credible in dealing with the science of USGS

USGS Model for Supervisory Development


Supervisory Challenge graphic

USGS Supervisory Challenge Class schedule:

January 27-31, 2020            Denver, Colorado

August 3-7, 2020                 Virtual*

September 14-18, 2020       Virutal*

*Virtual Class:
This class will be virtual (webinar based) rather than face to face. The class will start at 9 AM MT and end by 4 PM MT each day. In order to fully participate in this virtual training, you will need:

  • access to a computer with Adobe Acrobat loaded (so you can view the electronic notebook)
  • a web cam with cameras "on" during the training
  • a quiet place that minimizes distractions and allows you to participate fully without disturbing others


DOI Supervisory Training Options

  • Supervision Fundamentals (online bundle)
  • Supervision for New Supervisors
  • Supervision for Experienced Supervisors

Please visit the DOI University Web site to see upcoming dates and locations.
Please register for the USGS and DOI supervisory classes in DOI Talent.


Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Training Options

Leadership and Management courses offered by OPM may be found at the link below. Please refer to the Leadership Journey Model found on that page to find courses most relevant to your position (team leader/project manager, supervisor, manager, executive).


FWS Supervisory Training Options (open to all DOI supervisors)

  • Advanced Supervision: Building on Experience
    Note: To register, go online to DOITalent and search for Advanced Supervision or LED6166 


Helpful Links...
Manager Resources for New Hires
Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR)
Supervisor's Toolkit

Need to know...
Mandatory Initial Training for New Supervisors
Mandatory Refresher Training
Supervisory Development Policy
USGS Supervisory Challenge Class
360-Degree Feedback
Past Participants
OPM Supervisory Competencies—Definitions
Supervisory Mentoring
Are You Ready to be a Supervisor?


Kathy Faison

Program Manager, Supervisory Development
Office of Employee Development
Phone: 303-445-4672