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USGS Science for a Changing World.  Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization?  Would you like to work with a team of professionals committed to preserving our natural resources and environment?  If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this job is for you.  Join the USGS and be on your way to a rewarding future.

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO
Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.
The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:  


As a Physical Science Technician within the Geology, Minerals, Energy & Geophysics Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:
-Collect, log, describe, and digitally map tephra, tuff, obsidian, and micropaleontologic samples from field sites.
-Perform laboratory procedures, electron microprobe and other instrumental analyses on  samples to acquire tephrochronologic, stratigraphic correlation, micropaleontologic, and other geologic data.
-Evaluate and provide initial interpretations of the geologic data.
-Present findings at professional meetings or in papers as a junior author.
-Oversee reference sample collections, and electronic and analog databases.
-Train scientific and technical personnel, visiting researchers, and volunteers in laboratory and field procedures.
Work Environment:

  • Will be required to hike over rough and mountainous terrain, possibly in inclement weather and extreme temperatures.
  • Must be able to carry a 40 lb. pack various distances over rugged terrain.