Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dawn E. Childs

I am an Information Specialist. I perform in a high-paced, diverse workplace. The position requires engaging with USGS public affairs specialists and internal/external outreach professionals; editing and producing outreach materials; developing marketing plans; researching, co-authoring and editing press releases and feature articles; developing public information activities on various platforms.

I am a thrill-seeking person who enjoys spending time near the water.

Research Interests

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace, science outreach, human dimensions, community involvement, safeguarding the rights of small communities who depend on hunting and commercial fishing for their livelihoods. 

Professional Experience

  • Communicate science to The Department of the Interior Bureaus, and partners; improve and enhance coordination with the USGS Office of Communications and Publishing to meet public affairs and congressional outreach needs; collaborate with cooperators and partners; and lead change in workplace culture and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace.

Education and Certifications

  • M.A., Natural Resources, Virginia Tech (2007)

  • B.A., Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech (1995)

  • Certificate Workshop University of Wyoming Inclusionary and Global Leadership Program, Basics of Data Storytelling (2021)

  • Certificate University of South Florida DEIA, Stereotypes and Biases (2021)

  • Certificate Geographic Information Systems, Florida Atlantic University (2001)

Affiliations and Memberships

  • The Wildlife Society

  • American Fisheries Society

  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

  • The Department of the Interior Diversity Partners Community of Practice

  • Interagency Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion Group

  • USGS Disability Inclusion Network Employee Resource Group

Honors and Awards

  • Secretary of the Interior Diversity Award honors employees who provide exemplary service to the Department in its efforts to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (2021)

  • USGS Diversity Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of the USGS Employee Resource Groups for their exceptional work with the USGS Special Emphasis Programs (2021)

  • USGS Star Award, 1st Annual USGS Grassroots Symposium Planning Team (2021)

Abstracts and Presentations

  • (2021) Introduction to the U.S. Geological Survey Disability Inclusion Network Employee Resource Group, 2021 USGS First Annual Grassroots Symposium. October 26-28. U.S. Geological Survey National Center.

Science and Products