The Washington Post

What’s your dream job? Interior Department has it.

File: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell tours Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge on the beach at Bulls Island in Awendaw, South Carolina. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Whether you’re applying for a six-figure job as a “physical scientist” or to make $17 an hour as a “drill rig operator helper,” every career opportunity at one Interior Department agency promises to be your dream job.

The Geological Survey, a scientific agency that studies the landscape of the United States, posted 13 jobs in the past 30 days and they are all a dream, or so claims the descriptions for each opening:

“Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you’ve always dreamed of!”

You can be a wildlife biologist “assisting with evaluation of alternative conservation management options using an adaptive management framework for guiding managers in their decision-making process regarding habitat restoration.” Or a geophysicist processing “2-D and 3-D seismic reflection data acquired in petroleum bearing basins and acts as an advisor to personnel in the USGS in matters concerning seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation.”

Surely you’ve dreamed of being a hydrologic technician, whose “work requires some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities.”

The best dreams are the ones we didn’t even know we had.



Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
It's in the details: Five ways to enhance your kitchen makeover
Play Videos
Drawing as an act of defiance
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
Border collies: A 'mouse trap' for geese on the National Mall
Play Videos
Bao: The signature dish of San Francisco
This man's job is binge-watching for Netflix
What you need to know about Planned Parenthood
Play Videos
How to save and spend money at college
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
Europe's migrant crisis, explained
Next Story
Colby Itkowitz · July 8, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.