Job Opportunity @USGS

The US Geological Survey’s National Geospatial Program offers career opportunities for students and recent graduates in several fields available within the US Geological Survey.  We use the Office of Personnel Management, Pathways Program to offer you a way to try us out, gain work experience and training that could potentially lead to a permanent federal position after all the program requirements are satisfactorily met.

The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their federal service. As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics:

  • Internship Program: This program is for current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Additional information about the Internship Program.

  • Recent Graduates Program: This program is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply). Additional information about the Recent Graduates Program.  

  • Presidential Management Fellows Program: For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. This program is now for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years. For complete program information, visit:

We do our Pathways Program hiring via WWW.USAJOBS.GOV and you can create an account and start preparing your profile with your resume, transcripts and other documents so you are ready to apply for new vacancy announcements.  Also be sure to click on the Students and Grads link and view the current offerings.

At this time, I would like to announce we will be releasing two separate job announcements in the near future to fill multiple student internship positions in our Reston, VA office. These positions will be listed as a Cartographer or Geographer and will support our geospatial activities. We would like to request your assistance in disseminating this information to potential student and recent graduate candidates.
Please use the following link to preview the vacancy announcements. When the announcements are officially released, the applicants can search / monitor by the Announcement Numbers.
Announcement Number: PATH-2016-0020
          This is a Career Intern position advertised at a GS-5 and GS-7 level
Announcement Number PATH-2016-0018
           This is a Recent Graduate position advertised a a GS-5 and GS-7 level.
Please review the Basic Education Requirements in the announcements as the GS-05 and above positions require an existing degree or a combination of education and experience.
NOTE: These job announcements will be limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the date listed if the limit is reached. Students are advised to be prepared to apply as soon as the announcements are opened.