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USGS feds unshaken by D.C. earthquake

As a magnitude 3.6 quake struck the D.C. area just a few minutes past 5 a.m. this morning, the USGS stood ready within moments with answers. Geophysicist Jessica Sigala said it's all part of her really cool job in government.

Tags: Federal Drive , newsstand , USGS , DC earthquake , Jessica Sigala , Suzanne Kubota

Friday - 07/16/2010, 08:32am EDT

Cool Jobs: Postmaster offers refuge for hikers

As Postmaster in Hot Springs, N.C. along the Appalachian Trail, Rosemary Allen meets hikers from all over the world. She describes her work and the unique relationships it allows her to create in today's installation of Cool Jobs in Government.

Tags: Rosemary Allen , Hot Springs, N.C. , Appalachian Trail , Rachel Stevens

Friday - 07/16/2010, 10:08am EDT

Cool Jobs: Fed holds weight of world on shoulders

Federal News Radio continues to highlight unorthodox ways that some feds spend their days with a visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Tags: Federal Drive , NIST , Max Cacas

Thursday - 07/15/2010, 08:08am EDT

Cool Jobs: NASA researcher monitors the sun

Dr. Richard Fischer watches solar weather like a meteorologist watches hurricanes. He says that improvements in technology are actually increasing our vulnerability to solar events.

Tags: Federal Drive , NASA , Richard Fisher , solar storms , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 07/15/2010, 09:08am EDT

Cool Jobs: DHS vet protects nation through food

Dr. Doug Meckes says his job is more than barns and chicken coops. As director of DHS's Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense Division, he helps secure the nation by protecting our food supply. And he says the role of federal vets is only growing.

Tags: Federal Drive , Doug Meckes , DHS , pay and benefits , national security

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 09:08am EDT

Cool Jobs: FBI cop patrols on bike

Michael Arnold does his cool federal job from a bicycle. That's because he's an officer with the FBI Police Mountain Bike Patrol Team, which he says gives him a special opportunity to interact with the public.

Tags: FBI , Michael Arnold , police , Rachel Stevens

Tuesday - 07/13/2010, 10:08am EDT

Cool Jobs: Navy's Harris shares office with Flipper

Chris Harris is a dolphin trainer with the U.S. Navy. The Navy uses dolphins' natural sonar to help it locate underwater objects, such as sea mines.

Tags: Chris Harris , Navy Marine Mammal Program , dolphins

Friday - 07/09/2010, 02:49pm EDT

Cool Jobs: NARA's Nicholson preserves our most important documents

All this week, in our special week-long series, "Cool Jobs in Government, " Federal News Radio uncovers and highlights some of the most interesting and unorthodox ways feds spend their days. This afternoon, we meet Kitty Nicholson of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Tags: pay and benefits , NARA , Catherine "Kitty" Nicholson , Dorothy Ramienski , DorobekInsider

Monday - 07/12/2010, 02:18pm EDT

A round up of Cool Jobs in Government

Find out about all of the different and interesting federal jobs highlighted during our special report. Plus, tell us about your cool or unusual federal job.

Tags: newscast , pay and benefits ,

Friday - 07/16/2010, 11:49am EDT

Cool Jobs: NIST scientists deal with weighty issues daily

Most of us take for granted that medicines are usually dispensed in pills or capsules by the milligram and that a sack of flour or sugar is usually dispensed by the pound. But who determines officially just what a milligram or a pound actually is? As part of our "Cool Jobs in Government" series, Federal News Radio's Max Cacas takes us to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Tags: Patrick Abbott , Richard Steiner , NIST , kilogram mass standard , Max Cacas , Rachel Stevens , Margaret Beasley

Friday - 07/16/2010, 11:40am EDT
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