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 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)