Office of the Secretary’s Fellow (Former Employee), Washington, DC – May 30, 2012
I interned here this past semester through their Office of the Secretary's Fellowship program. It was a great experience working with one of the Interior's senior policy advisers. It was a typical 9 to 5 job where I could work from home on the few days I did not feel well. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help out. The only con is that there – more... are times where there is less work than others. You have to be able to work independently and figure somethings out on your own. My supervisor was in and out of the office frequently, but was very engaging when she was available. I would recommend working here. I learned a lot about working for the government and gained valuable experience and friendships. – less
The Park Service was an outstanding employer and I was honored to work there.
Fee Ranger/Visitor Use Assistant (Former Employee), Fruita, CO – June 2, 2013
My job at the National Park Service was a very fun and rewarding job. My supervisor Leo Dutilly was outstanding, fair and considerate. The lovely beauty of the surroundings at a National Park and the interaction with visitors from all over the world were very satisfying.
Student Trainee (Former Employee), Portland, OR – May 29, 2013
Pros: great benefits
Cons: disorganized and overworked staff
While working at this job I began to look around at my coworkers and realized that they worked there simply because of the benefits. The work was mundane at best, frantic and overwhelming at worst. The workforce was aging and getting ready for retirement. Management was either inexperienced and overwhelmed ( giving little guidance or feedback), or rigid – more... and inflexible. After several months I realized that this wasn't a career, but simply a job. In my interview I was asked by management if I could prioritize. To this I responded with an anecdote about making Thanksgiving dinner. Making Thanksgiving dinner requires timing in order to create many different things (i.e. casseroles, pies, potatoes, and the turkey) using the limited resources provided by the average kitchen. I soon came to realize that this job was more like roasting 50 turkeys, all of which are top priority to someone. Management would prioritize my work, and then reprimand me for not focusing on the work that they told me to put on the back burner. – less
Productive workplace with many career path options
Administrative Clerk (Current Employee), Reno, NV – April 15, 2013
The department of the interior offers many different career paths. I work for the Bureau of Land Management in the Division of Minerals. Typically I create and maintain shape files and maps in GIS for the geothermal program for the state of Nevada, entry of geothermal production reports and verification into GRASS, entry of new mining claims into LR2000, – more... correspond with district offices to obtain data for sage grouse stipulation standardization and mapping, and filing of geothermal information and correspondence. – less
Electrician Apprentice (Former Employee), Anchorage, AK – April 5, 2013
Pros: great commercial experience, good pay and payment in power tools
Cons: waking up at 3 a.m.
Installation of power & light system: ½” EMT. Installation of receptacles including 240V: ½” EMT. Installation of Data-Transferring system: 1” EMT. Installation of Tele-Communication establishment: 12’ in trapeze. Installation of over-head conduit runs: ½” and 1” EMT. Installation of main feeder circuits, as well as branch circuits. All which were hard – more... piped. My coworkers were all close, well trained, and excelled electricians. The instructor, or my boss, was one of a kind, and the best master electrician I know. The most enjoyable part of it was running hundreds of feet of overhead EMT completely flush and precise. The hardest part of my job would be working alongside drywallers who would be insulating next to us, and having to work in it. – less
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee), San Francisco, CA – April 3, 2013
Pros: pay rate, co-workers, breaks/lunch
Cons: location, short employment
We start off everyday with a staff meeting about who works where and what needs to be done. After the meeting we go to assigned areas and do what needs to be done. The people are nice while you work from time to time. My co-workers were awesome and helped me with whatever I needed. The management was just as helpful. The hardest part of the job was – more... getting there without a car. The best part of the job was working with the people I was working with and the pay rate. – less