Hydrogeologic Technician, U.S. Geological Survey Florida Water Science Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
U.S. Geological Survey
How Caroline Wright got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I have known about the U.S. Geological Survey since I started my B.S. in Geology. Through my course work, I came to recognize the USGS as the leading authority in geological affairs. When the professor of my Solid Earth Geophysics class at Florida Atlantic University announced that the USGS was looking for a student to intern, I couldn’t believe that this kind of opportunity was presenting itself to me. I sent my resume to their office that day and soon after I was accepted into the STEP program.
I cannot say that there has been one experience about this job that I will remember above the rest. Every day I went to work I learned something new. I will say, however, that my best day would have to be when I was given the opportunity to cut core drillings with a wet saw. I had never used a wet saw before, and didn’t know that the term “wet” held a double meaning. By the end of the day I had cut over 70 feet of core and was covered from head to foot in mud. It was awesome.
Caroline Wright's accomplishments
While at the USGS, I was introduced to new software such as CorelDraw, ViewLOG, digiRULE, and GWIS. I was taught the techniques and procedures that professional geologist require to publish their research and findings. I was also able to experience field work by cutting core drillings, traveling to a live drill site to collect core cuttings, and traveling to an existing well to run geophysical well logs. Professionally, I gained experience and acquired invaluable skills and a greater understanding of the South Floridan Aquifer System. It was also personally satisfying to be able to put the skills that I learned in class to real life applications. My experience at the USGS was a fantastic opportunity that has strengthened me as an individual.
Caroline Wright's next steps
After I graduate with my Bachelor’s of Science in Geology, I would like to continue my education and get my Master’s of Science in Hydrogeology. I would like to continue my STEP program while getting my M.S. and continue to contribute to the USGS Florida Water Science Center. In the not-so-far future, I would like to pursue a career at the USGS or an environmental consulting firm.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale , Florida
School: Florida Atlantic University
Major: Geology