Program Analyst (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – January 16, 2019
The Department covers a lot of critical issues for the U.S., and people there care a lot about their jobs. Leadership and authority varies by office, and most are pretty silo-ed, so communication between them is not always easy or effective.
Research Associate (Former Employee) – Elko, NV – January 16, 2019
Team Leader in evaluating lentic sites for functionality, document location and size with Trimble GeoXT GPS unit, plot locations on maps, and summarize data for each spring, seep and stream assessed. Assisted fisheries/wildlife/hydrology biologists with stream survey and monitoring, and the monitoring Wildlife Exclosures for breaches. Assisted in editing Fire related EA's. Consulted with various specialists to clearly and effectively communicate information by efficiently designing and creating a multitude of visually appealing maps of a range of scales and dimensions. Used sound cartographic techniques to produce several series of maps, illustrating wildlife range maps, fire impacts on sage grouse habitat, and the condition of riparian areas.
Park Ranger (Current Employee) – Utah – January 15, 2019
Working for the National Park Service has many perks, you usually work in a beautiful place, have access to hiking, outdoor life, and are able to spend more time walking and being outside in nature in general or at least have close proximity to nature. However, most jobs are seasonal in nature and it is very difficult to get a permanent position. Once you get a permanent position, you may have hard time moving up, as it is extremely competitive. Getting married and having a relationship is difficult, becuase you usually end up moving around quite a bit, and if you are dual careers in the Park Service, it is nearly impossible to find a job where you are both able to work in positions you both want to be in. Having children is also difficult. Most NPS employees are on the younger or older side, so there is often not enough support for employees with families. They are the odd ones out, especially if both parents work for NPS. So in conclusion, NPS is a great place to start a career and a great place to end a career. Once you hit 30 and want to settle down and have a few kids, maybe not the best place for that.
Secretary (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – January 11, 2019
It is a great place to work. They give you opportunities to attend training classes or events in the community. I enjoy the people i work with, if I have questions i know they will be there to help me out.
Hydrologist (Current Employee) – Denver, CO – January 7, 2019
The employees work collaboratively and wear many hats in order to sustain the productivity of the agency.
My typical day consists of 3D modeling/ geochemical modeling, some gis/remotesensing as well as conference calls and technical assistance in the fields of Geology, Hydrogeology and Hydrology. Health and Safety is also one of my responsibilities.
Fuels Technician/Engine Crew (Former Employee) – Kimberly, ID – January 4, 2019
I was told the first day that working for the BLM was a lot like high school. This was correct. Supervisors often played favorites and berated those they dislikes. Additionally the operation was run in a military fashion but managed to not get much done.
Satisfying work that serves my co-workers who serve the public
Admin (Current Employee) – NPS – January 3, 2019
The National Park Service protects national treasures and provides public enjoyment for this and future generations. This position supports the employees that serve the public and maintain these treasures.
Federal benefits, retirement earned at multiple locations nationwide, working in national parks
No annual increases or increases below inflation, chance of furlough every year while the politicians debate the budget