Mercury's surface in "enhanced color," a color scheme created to emphasize color differences. This is not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but by applying mathematical analysis to images, color differences can be accentuated beyond those visible to a person.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
Every day someone like you becomes a wildland wildfire fighter, a teacher, a trail-builder, a museum curator, or a park ranger. Discover your opportunities in national parks. Come to play. Come to learn. Come to serve. Develop your environmental leadership skills. Find a job. Be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places.
With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
The U.S. Department of the Interior's greatest resource is its people. To help employees have a challenging career while balancing their work and family life, we offer comprehensive, competitive and flexible benefits.
Quality of Life
Holidays: 10 paid holidays a year
Vacation: 2 1/2 weeks of annual leave per year, to start
Sick time: 2 1/2 weeks of sick leave per year, to start
Family and medical leave
Paid military, jury and bereavement leaves
Note: Unused annual leave can be accumulated and carried over from year to year, for a maximum of 6 weeks "banked" annual leave. Unused sick leave is carried over from year to year, with no maximum.
Medical Care: The federal government offers numerous medical insurance options, including (but not limited to) preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) covering employees and eligible dependents.
Dental: Many health plan options offer dental coverage.
Vision: Many health plan options offer vision coverage.
On-site Health Units: Some departmental locations have health care units on-site.
The federal government offers numerous group life insurance policy options covering employees and eligible dependents.
The current federal retirement system is one of the premier retirement programs in the country. This flexible, portable system features three retirement components: a retirement pension; a thrift-savings plan (employee controlled investment program); and social security.
Employee Assistance Program
Career Development Program
Quality of Life
Alternate work schedule options
Child care facilities (at some locations)
Employee Assistance Program (employee counseling)
Relocation program (for placement in some positions)
Fitness center (at some locations)
Education assistance: On-the-job and formal training, as well as tuition assistance/reimbursement
Educational seminars and cultural events (at some locations)
Free or paid parking (at most locations)
Full-service cafeteria and snack bars (at some locations)
Library (at Main Interior Building, Washington DC)
ATM machines (at Main Interior Building, Washington DC)
Mail service center (at Main Interior Building, Washington DC)
Dry cleaner (at Main Interior Building, Washington DC)
Convenience store (at Main Interior Building, Washington DC)
Recreation Association (at Main Interior Building, Washington DC)