A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The DOI employs over 600 full-time personnel in museum job series classifications, and many more DOI staff in other job series classifications (e.g., Park Ranger, Geology and Paleontology, Archaeology) have museum responsibilities. All open positions are listed onUSAJOBS, and applicantsmustapply using USAJOBS.
Tips for locating DOI museum jobs through USAJOBS include:
Use the “Advanced Search” option. Under the “Department and Agency” heading, add “Department of the Interior.”
Under “Who May Apply,” select “general public” or “federal employees” as appropriate. Searching as a federal employee will return positions that are only open to employees who have worked at a federal agency for three or more years. Searching using the general public category will return positions open to everyone.
Search for positions in museum job series classifications. Codes include:
1015 - Museum Curator
1016 - Museum Specialist and Technician
1420 - Archivist
1421 - Archivist Technician
1001 - General Arts and Information (includes registrar and conservator positions)
1010 - Exhibits Specialist
Note that other positions have museum responsibilities. Look for other related positions!
There are many external resources on the federal job application process. A helpful list can be foundhere.
through the National Council for Preservation Education
Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (within one year of graduation) are eligible to apply for paid internships through the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Interns with a background in heritage preservation and related fields have the opportunity to work with knowledgeable mentors at different DOI bureaus. Internships are located across the country, and positions are available for the summer and academic year.
TheFederal Pathways Programoffers paths to internships and careers in the federal government for students and recent graduates. While DOI museum-related internships are not listed through the Pathways Program, recent graduates may be interested in thePathways Program for Recent Graduates. This program provides 1-year federal positions that have the potential to be converted to a permanent position. To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, students must have graduated from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years. Applicants can search for Recent Graduates Program jobs by entering applicable keywordshere.
The number of Pathways Program jobs with museum responsibilities is limited. Applicants seeking entry-level positions should also do a general search for museum positions onUSAJOBS. GS-1 through GS-7 typically denotes entry-level positions.