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Intern Opportunities with the Nevada Water Science Center

April 30, 2020

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), Nevada Water Science Center will soon be filling two Student Trainee (Hydrology) positions at the GS-04 or GS-05 level, with a starting hourly rate between $15.18 and $18.23 depending on education and experience

We are looking for two students with different skillsets to fill two intern positions:

Position 1: Information Management Unit Student Trainee (Hydrology): We are interested in recruiting a student who will be in their final year of college or in a graduate studies program to gain practical experience in data visualization, programming, and GIS as related to hydrology and geography. This student will have some coursework or experience with Python and/or R programming and web development. This student will help us communicate hydrology to our stakeholders through interactive visual media.

Position 2: Northern Nevada Studies Unit Student Trainee (Hydrology): We are interested in recruiting a student who will be in their Junior or Senior year of college or early Graduate School during the Fall 2020 semester. This student will possess a high degree of motivation and will be majoring in a STEM related degree (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). This student will have some coursework or experience using Microsoft office with particular experience using Excel and Word and possibly some experience with PowerPoint. This student may also possess skills with GIS and/or a coding language such as Python.

These two positions will be open to currently eligible students who meet all the requirements of the Internship Program.  Details about the Internship Program can be found below. This paid internship is located either at the USGS Nevada Water Science Center, located at 2730 North Deer Run Rd in Carson City, NV, or at the USGS NVWSC office located at 160 N. Stephanie St. in Henderson, NV. This position is a year-round internship and will allow students to work up to full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year to accommodate school schedule.  

About the Positions     

Work Schedule: Part-time during school year. Up to full-time during summer and breaks.

Benefits: Earned sick and annual leave. Paid holidays for holidays that occur during scheduled workdays. Eligible for health benefits.

The Internship Program

The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and getting paid for the work performed. 


  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking student. 
  • Enrolled as at least a half-time student (or students who have been accepted for enrollment) in an accredited technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • Must have a satisfactory academic record, 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

In order to continue under the Pathways Internship Program, students must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of their appointment.

Internship may lead to permanent employment. Details about eligibility will be posted in the vacancy announcement in USAJOBS.  

Please view link below for additional information and fact sheet about USGS Internship Program.…

How to Apply:

Individuals will need to apply on USAJOBS to receive consideration.  USAJOBS website: This outreach notice does not constitute an application.  The direct link to the application for both positions is:  (updated 5/11)

  • For more information about position 1, you may contact Megan Poff at (702) 564-4526 or email:  For position 2, you may contact Kip Allander at (775) 887-7675 or e-mail:
  • USAJOBS announcement is scheduled to open on April 29, 2020. This vacancy will close at midnight eastern standard time on Wednesday May 21, 2020.  You may apply at any time during the period the announcement is open.
  • If you are interested in either position, please send an e-mail to Megan Poff ( and Kip Allander ( and submit the following information:  1) Name and contact information including email address and telephone number, 2) degree major, 3) expected graduation date, and 4) a couple of short paragraphs about your education experience, why you would be good at this job, and why you are interested in this opportunity. This serves to notify the hiring officials that you will be applying through USAJOBS and will not be used as part of your application.  In order to receive consideration for the position, applicants MUST apply to the job announcement when it is open in USAJOBS.  See below for information on how to register on USAJOBS.

What can you do in advance to prepare for this job opening?

Get familiar with USAJOBS.

Create an account on USAJOBS website if you don’t already have one.

Use the USAJOBS tool to create your profile and resume.

Post all relevant documents to your USAJOBS account, i.e. unofficial transcripts showing current enrollment and/or transcripts showing degree awarded and veterans’ preference documentation.  Please note that you will be disqualified and/or not receive veterans’ preference if documentation is not provided.   

Sign-up for e-mail notifications for USGS job postings using the “save search” function in your USAJOBS profile. 

You can learn more about how to apply for Pathways opportunities on USAJOBS through an Office of Personnel Management video on YouTube:

To learn more about the USGS:

The USGS is an equal opportunity employer.

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