USAjobs.gov

At USAjobs.gov, you can find open positions at many federal agencies.  Their search options allow you to narrow your terms by agency, location, and a number of other useful fields.

A particularly useful field to know when searching for government jobs are the occupational series.  The U.S. Office of Personnel Management classifies federal occupations into groups, families and series of similar occupations.  Knowing which series you are targeting will make it easier to filter through USAjobs.gov’s listings as government job postings typically include the series in their descriptions.

For example, a large portion of jobs in the Earth and space sciences fall under the the Physical Sciences Group, 1300.  If you are looking for positions in the geosciences, you might search for 1313 (Geophysics Series) or 1350 (Geology Series).

Below you can find a list of the rest of the series that belong to the Physical Sciences Group.  Though some of these might not appear to fall under your particular field, it won’t hurt to look slightly outside of your field when looking for your first government job.  The tangential job could be the one that gets your foot in the door!

1300-Physical Sciences Group

General Physical Science Series………………………… 1301

Health Physics Series……………………………………….. 1306

Physics Series…………………………………………………. 1310

Physical Science Technician Series……………………. 1311

Geophysics Series……………………………………………. 1313

Hydrology Series…………………………………………….. 1315

Hydrologic Technician Series……………………………. 1316

Chemistry Series……………………………………………… 1320

Metallurgy Series…………………………………………….. 1321

Astronomy and Space Science Series…………………. 1330

Meteorology Series………………………………………….. 1340

Meteorological Technician Series ……………………… 1341

Geology Series………………………………………………… 1350

Oceanography Series…………………………………………1360

Navigational Information Series……………………………..1361

Cartography Series…………………………………………….1370

Cartographic Technician Series …………………………..1371

Geodesy Series………………………………………………….1372

Land Surveying Series……………………………………….1373

Geodetic Technician Series………………………………..1374

Forest Products Technology Series………………………1380

Food Technology Series…………………………………….1382

Textile Technology Series………………………………….1384

Photographic Technology Series…………………………1386

Document Analysis Series ……………………………………….1397

Physical Science Student Trainee Series ……………………1399