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 us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

USAJOBS is the one-stop, online location for finding full-time employment and internships with the USGS and other federal agencies. Users can create an account, store and update their résumé, and search and apply for jobs at one convenient website. Create a profile on USAJOBS to receive automated weekly emails listing any new positions that meet your specifications. 

Opportunities also exist for undergraduate and graduate studentsvolunteers, and citizens to participate in USGS science. Please note that U.S. citizenship is required for all paid positions and internships.

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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...

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...

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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December 14, 2015

Find Jobs at USGS

Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start when looking for a job. At the USGS it's easy. All our jobs go through the usajobs.gov website. Interested in a career with the USGS? Start with science. Start with usajobs.gov.

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 28, 2012

Kati Bednar: Diving Into the World of Water

Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Bednar but everyone calls me Kati. I am currently a Student Trainee Hydrologist with the California Water Science Center (CAWSC) in Sacramento. I am also a full-time geology and geography student at California State University of Sacramento, and a part-time student at American River College within their G.I.S. certificate program. It may seem

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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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April 16, 2012

USGS Student Employment, Get Your Foot In The Door

Travis explains how he began his career as a hydrologic technician with the USGS through the USGS Student Career Employment Program.

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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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