Do you have internships, summer positions, or volunteer positions for teachers or students?

The USGS does not have any positions specifically targeted to teachers, but motivated teachers can sometimes find volunteer positions by contacting our scientists directly.

Student internships are designed for college-level students and recent graduates. Younger students are encouraged to explore our many citzen science and volunteer opportunities, which generally involve working from a home computer or reporting observations made on their own time.

 

 

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Do you have any citizen science programs in which my students can participate?

Absolutely! The USGS has partnerships with several citizen science programs that are appropriate for classroom projects or for individual students. See the Citizen Science page on our USGS Education website .

Can I visit a USGS office?

Very few USGS offices are set up to accommodate visitors. Before stopping by a USGS office, you should check their website or call ahead to make sure that visitors are welcome. There are USGS offices in each state. Members of the public are welcome to use libraries that are located at some USGS offices , but materials can only be checked out...

Does the USGS use volunteers to collect data?

Volunteers assist on some USGS projects. In all cases, 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 must abide by the same rules, regulations, policies, and laws as employees. Some USGS volunteer...

Can I volunteer with the USGS?

The Volunteer.gov website is the best starting point for volunteer positions with the United States federal government. However, many USGS volunteer positions are not formally announced, so they do not appear on that site. You could try contactating a local USGS office directly to ask about possible volunteer opportunities. Another way to get...

Where are USGS offices located?

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has offices in every state . Our headquarters is located in Reston, Virginia.

How do I contact the USGS?

For general inquiries, call 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747). You can also use this website to send us a message or to initiate a live Web chat with a USGS Science Information Specialist. Most of our employees are listed in our online Staff Profiles . USGS offices are located in every state. Please note, however, that most of them perform very...

Where can I find information on employment with the USGS?

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a Federal science agency in the U.S. Department of the Interior that 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 climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help...

What information does the USGS have about careers in science?

Find information and inspiring stories about USGS science careers at these websites: USGS Career Cards USGS Employment and Information Center Students and Youth at the USGS (YouTube playlist) A Snapshot of Women of the U.S. Geological Survey in STEM and related careers Virtual Job Shadow (videos) See the below Related Content Multimedia tab for...

I am not a citizen of the United States. Can I apply for jobs in the USGS?

As a United States federal agency, the USGS is not permitted to hire non-U.S. citizens except in very rare circumstances.
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Date published: July 26, 2017

Volunteering to Map the Nation

As the USGS continues to celebrate “Mapping Month”, we again promote noteworthy contributors to The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project.

Date published: July 18, 2017

Volunteering for Science

Citizen Scientists edit structures to improve US Topo Maps and along the way earn virtual badges.

Date published: July 12, 2017

Mapping Volunteers in the Spotlight

As the USGS continues to celebrate “Mapping Month”, we again promote noteworthy contributors to The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project.

Date published: July 6, 2017

Volunteering for Science

The National Map Corps recognizes major volunteers to national mapping efforts

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USGS intern making a discharge measurement
December 31, 2016

USGS intern making a discharge measurement

USGS intern, James Willey (2016), making a discharge measurement

USGS intern Jillian Josimovich displays a recently captured Burmese python, an invasive species in Everglades National Park.
November 14, 2016

USGS intern Jillian Josimovich displays a captured Burmese python

USGS intern Jillian Josimovich displays a recently captured Burmese python, an invasive species in Everglades National Park. Photo credit: Alejandro Grajal-Puche.

Kaycee Faunce, a USGS intern, measures a mud snake, a native but uncommon species in Everglades National Park.
November 14, 2016

Kaycee Faunce, a USGS intern, measures a mud snake

Kaycee Faunce, a USGS intern, measures a mud snake, a native but uncommon species in Everglades National Park. Photo credit: Molly Conway.

USGS intern Molly Conway measures a snake while wearing bug-protective gear, a necessary precaution for working in Everglades
November 14, 2016

USGS intern Molly Conway measures a snake

USGS intern Molly Conway measures a snake while wearing bug-protective gear, a necessary precaution for working in Everglades National Park during the wet season. Photo credit: Kaycee Faunce.

October 16, 2014

Chapter 4: Fortunate Son

USGS video series highlighting the individuals who make up the U.S. Geological Survey. We are USGS, these are our stories. This episode focuses on USGS Southeast Region Director Jess Weaver.

October 16, 2014

Chapter 3: Mom and Mentor

USGS video series highlighting the individuals who make up the U.S. Geological Survey. We are USGS, these are our stories. This episode focuses on USGS Chief-of-Staff for Natural Hazards Martha Garcia.

October 16, 2014

Chapter 2: Uranium Miner's Daughter

USGS video series highlighting the individuals who make up the U.S. Geological Survey. We are USGS, these are our stories. This episode focuses on USGS research engineer Tanya Gallegos.

October 16, 2014

Chapter 1: Faces of the USGS

USGS video series highlighting the individuals who make up the U.S. Geological Survey. We are USGS, these are our stories.

November 30, 2012

Anthony Lopez: A USGS Hydrologist

As a USGS hydrologist, Anthony Lopez is currently working on two projects. The first project consists of assessing toxicity of the sediment in Barnegat Bay. For this project, Anthony samples the bay and its tributaries for any pesticides, pharmaceuticals, medals or any other anthropogenic contaminants.

The second project is a rapid assessment of highland landfills

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October 24, 2012

Ashley Liddiard Helps Support Science, Policy and the Public

Ashley Liddiard works for the U.S. Geological Survey on the Crustal Imaging and Characterization Team in Lakewood, Colorado. She first started at the USGS in February 2010 as a student at Regis University. While working at the USGS, Ashley has encountered a diverse range of people who all wish to help her succeed in her future career goals, no matter where they may lead.

September 30, 2012

USGS Fun

Working at the USGS can be fun. These student employees were given wonderful opportunities and made lasting friendships while working at the USGS.

video thumbnail: USGS Science Career Day
September 6, 2012

USGS Science Career Day

In this episode, high school students from Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon, visit the USGS Oregon Water Science Center for a ‘Science Career Day‘ event. Scientists work with the students and try to promote the appeal and benefits of a career in science. The day is broken up into two parts: an early morning discussion period, and an afternoon field period

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