Did you know that there are many Professional and Scientific careers available in the Federal Government? These occupations are in high demand, and we hope you will consider the Federal Government as an Employer of Choice. Many of these positions have specific education requirements. Here is a brief overview of these education requirements for some of the most sought-after careers. Simply click on a career to learn more about it, its requirements and which bureaus offer opportunities.

View a complete list of Department of Interior careers, and the bureaus with the Department that offer them.

 

Archaeologist
Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementBureau of Reclamation

What you need to know:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology, History, Geography, or a Related Field is required to be an Archaeologist.

Required Courses:

  • 3 semester hours in History of Archaeology
  • 3 semester hours in Regional Archaeology or Archaeological Cultures
  • 3 semester hours in Regional Archaeology
  • 3 semester hours in Theory and Methods of Archaeology
  • Field School
Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementBureau of Reclamation
 

Biologist
Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Safety and Environmental EnforcementBureau of Ocean Energy ManagementBureau of Land ManagementBureau of ReclamationU.S. Geological Survey

What you need to know:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science is required to be a biologist with several bureaus of the Department of the Interior.

 Six semester hours in Aquatic Subjects are required for a Fisheries Biologist:

  • Limnology
  • Ichthyology
  • Fishery Biology
  • Aquatic Botany
  • Aquatic Fauna
  • Oceanography
  • Fish Culture

Twelve semester hours in Zoology are required for a Wildlife Biologist:

  • General Zoology
  • Invertebrate or Vertebrate Zoology
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Cellular Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Entomology

Nine semester hours in Wildlife Subjects:

  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology
  • Animal Ecology
  • Wildlife Management

Nine semester hours in Botany and/or Related Plant Disciplines.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Safety and Environmental EnforcementBureau of Ocean Energy ManagementBureau of Land ManagementBureau of ReclamationU.S. Geological Survey
 

Botanist
Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceBureau of Land ManagementU.S. Geological Survey

What you need to know:

To be a botanist for the Department of the Interior a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany or Basic Plant Science with 24 semester hours in Botany is required.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceBureau of Land ManagementU.S. Geological Survey
 

Ecologist
National Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementU.S. Geological Survey

What you need to know:

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or related field of science underlying Ecological Research is required to be an Ecologist. Thirty semester hours in Basic and Applied Biological Sciences, which includes 9 semester hours in Ecology. and 12 semester hours in Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • National Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementU.S. Geological Survey
 

Economist
Bureau of Reclamation

What you need to know:

To be an Economist a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics is required. Additonally you will need:

  • 21 semester hours in Economics
  • 3 semester hours in Statistics, Accounting, or Calculus

 

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Reclamation
 

Education and Vocational Training Specialist
Bureau of Indian AffairsBureau of Reclamation

What you need to know:

To be a Education and Vocational Training Specialist you will need a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a degree that is supplemented by major study in education.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsBureau of Reclamation
 

Firefighter
Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land Management

What you need to know:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science, Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, or a related fields is required to be a firefighter for the Department of the Interior.

Required Courses include 24 semester hours combined in Biological Science, Natural Resources Management, Wildland Fire Management, Agriculture and/or Forestry.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land Management
 

Forester
Bureau of Indian AffairsFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land Management

What you need to know:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry or a related field with 24 semester hours in Forestry is required to be a Forester for the Department of the Interior.

The following courses are required: Management of Renewable Resources, Forest Biologist, Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory, and 30 semester hours combined in Science and Engineering.

 

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land Management
 

Geologist
National Park ServiceBureau of Safety and Environmental EnforcementBureau of Ocean Energy ManagementBureau of Land ManagementBureau of ReclamationU.S. Geological Survey

What you need to know:

 A Bachelor’s Degree in Geology, including 20 semester hours combined in: Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Geology, and/or Geography is required to be a Geologist.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • National Park ServiceBureau of Safety and Environmental EnforcementBureau of Ocean Energy ManagementBureau of Land ManagementBureau of ReclamationU.S. Geological Survey
 

Hydrologist
Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Safety and Environmental EnforcementBureau of Land ManagementBureau of ReclamationU.S. Geological Survey

What you need to know:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Physical or Natural Science, or Engineering is required to be a Hydrologist for the Department of the Interior. Required course work includes 30 semester hours combined in Hydrology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Aquatic Biology, Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Oceanography, and/or Water Conservation. Additionally, 6 semester hours in Calculus and 6 semester hours in Physics are also required.

 

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsNational Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Safety and Environmental EnforcementBureau of Land ManagementBureau of ReclamationU.S. Geological Survey
 

Land Surveyor
Fish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land Management

What you need to know:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Land Surveying or Civil Engineering with a Surveying Emphasis is required to be a Land Surveyor for the Department of the Interior. Required coursework includes, 6 semester hours in Surveying, 3 semester hours in Land Law, and 21 semester hours of related coursework.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Fish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land Management
 

Outdoor Recreation Planner
National Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementBureau of Reclamation

What you need to know:

To be an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Department of the Interior,  required studies include: Outdoor Recreation Planning, Forestry, Biological Science, Recreation, Natural Resources Management, Sociology, and/or Park Management.

 

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • National Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementBureau of Reclamation
 

Public Affairs Specialist
Bureau of Reclamation

What you need to know:

To be a Public Affairs Specialist for the Department of the Interior course work in the following areas are required: Communications, English, Journalism, and Public Administration.

 

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Reclamation
 

Rangeland Manager
Bureau of Indian AffairsBureau of Land Management

What you need to know:

To be a Rangeland Manager for the Department of the Interior a Bachelor’s Degree in Rangeland Management or a related discipline is required. The following coursework is also required: Rangeland Management related plant, animal, and social sciences, and related Resource Management.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • Bureau of Indian AffairsBureau of Land Management
 

Recreation Aid
National Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementBureau of Reclamation

What you need to know:

To be a Recreation Aid for the Department of the Interior, education requirements include study in General Recreation or a related field including: Outdoor Recreation; Recreation and Parks Leadership; Wildland Recreation Management; Natural Resources Recreation; Youth Recreation; Public, Urban, or Community Recreation; Special Populations Recreation (e.g. senior citizens, etc.); or Physical Education.

Where you can learn more:

Where you could work:

  • National Park ServiceFish and Wildlife ServiceBureau of Land ManagementBureau of Reclamation