How to Volunteer for the U.S. Geological Survey

Other Volunteer Opportunities with USGS

Are you a closet botanist? An amateur geologist? Aspiring astrologist? Well then, you've come to the right place. The USGS offers hundreds of opportunities in almost every U.S. state for those interested in volunteer jobs in the natural sciences.

On the agency's Web site, you can find dozens of openings for volunteer work in practically every state [source: USGS].

The opportunities range from maintaining campgrounds in places like Olympic National Park in Washington and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan to answering phones at a Mississippi wildlife refuge and cataloging books in the Point Reyes National Seashore library in California.

The listings include the dates of service, difficulty level, contact information and a link to applying online. There are opportunities for all ages, from children to senior citizens.

Fancy yourself a bird watcher? Then you may be interested in helping monitor Cerulean Warblers and other feathered natives at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia [source: USGS]. Love gazing at the stars? Why not apply to lead stargazing and telescope tours, including full moon hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah [source: USGS]. Fancy yourself Rachel Ray? Then volunteer to spend the summer cooking for the backcountry trail crews in San Pedro Parks Wilderness in New Mexico [source: USGS]. If you're handy on the computer, you can help USGS develop a software tool to record and report data at Glacier National Park in the northwest corner of Montana [source: USGS].

Some volunteer programs require a resume, references and a background check.

For more information on volunteering at the U.S. Geological Survey, see the links below.

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