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Cool Jobs: Air marshals opt for down-to-earth training for in-the-air threats

Recruits in the Federal Air Marshal Service undergo 16 weeks of rigorous training to prepare for their primary duty - helping travelers reach their destinations unharmed. Every three months, air marshals receive refresher training in hand-to-hand defense, physical fitness and threat-scenarios aboard a life-size mockup of a passenger jet. Federal News Radio goes inside a flight simulator for a first-hand look at a training exercise.

Tags: DHS , TSA , Federal Air Marshal Service , Kimberley Thompson , Federal Drive , training , Michael OConnell , video

Monday - 10/22/2012, 04:07am EDT

Cool Jobs: USDA Community Gardener

Livia Marques created a nationwide community garden network that, to date, has donated 1.3 million pounds of produce to the needy. She is a finalist for the 2012 Service to America Medals.

Tags: Livia Marques , USDA , Service to America Medal , community gardens

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 08:00am EDT

NASA's new stars make geeky seem chic

Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom.

Tags: NASA , Mars rover , federal employees , JPL

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 09:28pm EDT

Cool Jobs: The Spacesuit Conservator

Lisa Young is the objects conservator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. She discusses the challenges of preserving spacesuits as part of Federal News Radio's Cool Jobs in Government series.

Tags: Lisa Young , Air and Space Museum , Smithsonian , NASA , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 11:16am EDT

FBI fitness instructor guides students down the 'Yellow Brick Road'

For seven years, E.J. O'Malley has been a health and fitness instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. Four times a year, he instructs law enforcement personnel from across the U.S. and around the world at the FBI's National Academy - a 10-week course that includes a comprehensive physical training program. Read O'Malley's story as part of our "Cool Jobs in Government" series.

Tags: FBI , E.J. OMalley , National Academy , Quantico Marine Base , Michael OConnell

Monday - 04/16/2012, 02:33am EDT

Cool Jobs: The Mural Preservationist

Dallan Wordekemper, federal preservation officer with the Postal Service, restores New Deal-era murals at U.S. post offices across the country.

Tags: Dallan Wordekemper , USPS ,

Wednesday - 02/08/2012, 08:29am EST

Cool Jobs: The National Zoo Lion Trainer

Kristen Clark is an animal keeper at the National Zoo, one of two who trains the lions including the adult male, two lionesses and seven cubs. Federal News Radio interviews her as part of our Cool Jobs in Government series.

Tags: National Zoo , Smithsonian , lion cubs , Kristen Clark , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 12:30pm EST

Cool Jobs: Scientist drills deep into ocean's crust

As program officer for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Jamie Allan is leading numerous important scientific projects. His work could provide insight into climate change, drug development, and natural disasters. And he does it by drilling big holes.

Tags: technology , NSF , Integrated Ocean Drilling Program , Jamie Allan , DorobekInsider , Rachel Stevens

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 05:33pm EDT

Cool Jobs: The Biogeographer

Jennifer Krstolic is a biogeographer for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tags: jennifer krstolic , USGS , roger moberg , biogeographer , Jolie Lee , Interior

Friday - 10/07/2011, 02:01am EDT

Cool jobs: Postal Service stamp development manager

Terry McCaffrey oversees every element of new stamps USPS releases.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , USPS , Terry McCaffrey

Monday - 07/12/2010, 06:42pm EDT
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