Financial Technician, United States Geological Survey, OAFM, Reston, Virginia
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Christopher Hill got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I first heard of USGS during my undergraduate classes at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. I then began to really enjoy using their website and exploring their information/views on the world of science. I first got connected to potentially working for the USGS by a George Mason University doctoral graduate named James Falcone. We first met at a Geography department award ceremony where we sat at the same table. While talking with James I told him of my completion of my BS in Geography, the award I was receiving for outstanding academics/community service, my participation in the International Geographic Honor Society Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), my passion for GIS, Geospatial Analysis, Adobe, my interest in hydrology, and my willingness continue my education at the graduate level. From this conversation James offered me the chance to interview for a summer internship dealing with GIS at the USGS, with the Water Quality Division in Reston, VA. I am now currently working in finance and accounting at USGS with OAFM.
 
Experience
One thing that I will always remember about working for Water Quality at the USGS is that GIS data sets are not perfect and can sometimes be difficult to find or put together. I learned from there how to edit, create, and display information relating to hydrology, stream values, flow, height, diversions, and ect... I will also never forget how nice and kind everyone is at the USGS. Everyone at the USGS really cares about others and when specifically talking about students they make sure they get setup well, are in a great learning environment, and have the opportunity to explore their fields of interest and beyond. In addition, I am very thankful for being able to continue my student employment at USGS while I take graduate classes. I am now working in a finance field at USGS and I am very thankful to have a job with the federal government. Overall, I hope in the future I will soon someday find a full time geography related position within the federal government and maybe with the USGS.
 
Christopher Hill's accomplishments
This past summer I strengthened my skills in GIS, geospatial analysis, database analysis, and editation. Currently I am learning new skills in finance at my student job with OAFM consisting of payment invoices, service entry sheets, and goods receipts.
 
Christopher Hill's next steps
In the future, I would like to complete my Master's Certificate in Geographic Information Systems during the summer of 2011, and then start working on my full Master's Degree in the same field. Job wise, I hope to find a full time position within the federal government or here at the United States Geological Survey so I can continue to enjoy the one of greatest work environments in the world and the federal government.
 
Hometown: Fairfax Station, Virginia
School: George Mason University
Major: Geographic Information Systems - Masters Certificate Program