What information does the USGS have about careers in science?

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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...

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...

What does the USGS do?

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a science bureau within the United States Department of the Interior . The USGS provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate...

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...

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...

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: June 25, 2018

Backcountry Travel for Science: Studying the Source of Groundwater in the Grand Canyon

When you think of a day in the life of a scientist, adventure may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, many scientists find themselves in amazing locations where collecting data is physically challenging.

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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.

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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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June 11, 2012

Science for a Changing World

"Science for a Changing World" is a short film (eight minutes) describing a brief history of the USGS and the significance of USGS work and mission in today's world and its value in the past.

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December 31, 1999

EARTH SCIENCE CAREERS: NOT JUST ROCKS

This video provides an overview of several Earth Science career fields within the U.S. Geological Survey. After watching this program, viewers will have an understanding of the types of work experiences, environments, expertise, and education a typical USGS employee may have. Following a brief history of the USGS, the program features several interviews with USGS

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