US Geological Survey

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U.S. Geological Survey Benchmark, 1904 (Photo thanks to Flickr user Civillian Scrabble, available under by v2.0)
It is a kinda neat looking building. better than most SV bland offices
STREAM GAGING STATION Operated by US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (Photo thanks to Flickr user Night Owl City, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)

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US Geological Survey Reviews

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    Was good for an entry-level, field work position

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    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician
    Former Employee - Biological Science Technician

    I worked at US Geological Survey full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay for entry-level job
    Employer is well-respected
    Got to do interesting field work with special access privileges to SF Bay marshland
    Got to work with an endangered species, a skill other companies are interested in

    Cons

    Did not have any role in data analysis
    Organization's key concern was data integrity, sometimes over species preservation measures
    Projects seemed to drag on and not be wrapped up promptly and effectively

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US Geological Survey Interviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
Updated Jul 22, 2014

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    Biological Science Technician Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at US Geological Survey.

    Interview Details

    Depending on timing (ie, spring, summer, fall )there can be anywhere from a just a couple to several hundred applicants for the same position. Be sure to contact the hiring person at least once. However, do not be annoying in your attempts as it can be off putting. You need to be sure your name is recognized but only in a good way.

    Interview Questions
    • Be aware that some questions are tailored to highly specific situations. Often their are only a handful of people qualified to answer these questions.   Answer Question
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    There is not much negotiating for work with the federal government. Salaries are open and generally set before the hiring process begins.
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US Geological Survey Awards & Accolades

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Most Admired Companies in Research Science, Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010

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Website www.usgs.gov
Headquarters Reston, VA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1879
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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The US Geological Survey (USGS) performs scientific analysis and monitoring of natural resources throughout the country. The agency, which consists of about 10,000 scientists and technicians at more than 400 locations across the country, manages water, energy, biologic, and mineral resources and shares its data with the scientific community and the general public. USGS also provides scientific services internationally to about 100 countries. In 2007 it developed a science strategy to study climate variation, ecosystems, natural hazards, and wild-animal diseases in addition... More

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