Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
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)