Dylan: Welcome to the USGS.
[upbeat music] Dylan: My name is Dylan Cobean, and I work
for the USGS in the water science center. A lot of the
project s deal with agricultural water withdrawals and finding methods to improve the estimates
for our state of Arizona and other states nationwide.
Jade: I’m Jade Dickens. Brandon: I’m Brandon Forbes.
Dylan: I started working here in March 2010, just found a flyer in the undergrad hydrology
lab, and was hired nearly on the spot.
Brandon: I’ve been around for a little over three years. Jade a year…
Jade: I started here in January 2010, so about a year and a half.
Brandon: I was begging for money and a job! Dylan: I’m a senior at the U of A, studying
for a dual major in applied mathematics and environmental
hydrology. I initially started out at the U as an astronomy-physics major, but half
way through my junior year I decide I wanted to switch to something
that is much more applied, and got me dealing with the
environment a lot more, the USGS was always been kinda at the crossroads of what I’m
interested in and what I’m good at. I mean I’ve always
been interested in how the environment plays a role in human
society and just finding out, learning about the science behind that has always drawn me
to, ya know, a job like the USGS.
Brandon: My favorite thing about working at the Arizona Water Center in Tucson is not
only to we have a really… a lot of cool issues that we do
research about in Arizona and Arizona Water, but we have a
really fun team and have a really good time at work. Aww that’s cheesy, but it is true,
that is what is fun here, the people. [laughs]
Jade: I feel so much better now that I can say, under publication ya know that the four
of us worked on this report that is being published by the
U.S Geological Survey who is huge when it comes to scientific
reports about the earth. And so yeah… I can’t wait to have a job interview where
I can be like yeah, I wrote this report. I helped write this report,
ya know and like…It really…it… the confidence that I have,
even in just regular writing now has gone up too; I feel like I understand how to make
a sentence better or how to ya know express my thought more…
in a more clear way. Dylan: Water is the most important natural
resource that we have and being able to learn exactly how
much there is, the quality. It’s so necessary for our future. There’s so many opportunities
at the USGS for upcoming students. You gain so much valuable
experience being in an office actually learning about
the day to day hydrology that you could be doing for the rest of your life.

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