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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 Supervisory Challenge Class schedule:

March 13 – 17, 2023 Denver, CO
August 7 – 11, 2023 Virtual* (Microsoft Teams)
September 18 – 22, 2023 Denver, CO

USGS Refresher Training Class schedule:

June 13-14, 2023 Virtual* (Microsoft Teams)

Registration is available in DOI Talent for both courses.

*Virtual Class:
This class will be virtual (webinar based). In order to fully participate in this virtual training, you will need:

  • access to a government furnished (GFE) computer with Adobe Acrobat loaded
  • 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 for New Supervisors
  • Supervision for Experienced Supervisors

Please visit the DOI University website for more information.
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).


Helpful Links...

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


Need to know...

Leadership & Executive Development
Required 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?