SCEP Hydro Tech, Austin Field Unit, Austin, Texas
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Alyxander E Schlafge got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I grew up in a small Mississippi river called Hastings, MN. I spent my summers on my father’s boat cruising up and down the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. From a young age I had an intense love for water and was very comfortable around it. I looked into Vermilion Community College and was interested in their water resources program. I enrolled in the Water Quality Science program and did several samples in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and started thinking about applying for the USGS. When the USGS came to Vermilion and I interviewed and was lucky enough to be chosen to come down to Austin, TX for a SCEP internship.
 
Experience
The first week I was in Austin we did some boat training at Decker Lake. We had to load and unload a very nice john boat with twin outboard engines on and off the trailer as well as try our hand at kayaking. As I was cruising around the lake on that perfect summer day I remember thinking, is this really going to be my job? Like any job, you have good days and bad days at the USGS, but I feel the good outweigh the bad. I can't imagine a more fitting career for myself.
 
Alyxander E Schlafge's accomplishments
I have done several wading measurements as well as level surveying. I have been involved in construction involving new orifice gages and radar installations. It is my first summer but I am continually learning something new every day with USGS. Personally, I consider moving from Minnesota to Texas an accomplishment of sorts. It is difficult to leave family and friends behind. But in doing so, I have shown myself that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard to accomplish your goals.
 
Alyxander E Schlafge's next steps
I hope to make a career with the USGS. I have always had a love for our nation’s water resources. It feels good to be in a field where the data that I record allows people to make decisions on how to allocate and where to preserve or water. For me, it is a very rewarding career path.
 
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota
School: Vermilion Community College
Major: Associate in Science (Water Quality Science)