We frequently receive questions regarding higher education
and careers as biologists in the Forest Service. Hopefully
the following information will answer your questions.
General Higher Education Thoughts
If you are a high school student, you have probably
already contacted your high school career counselor.
As a general guideline pursuing higher education (i.e.,
attaining a Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree) can provide
you with a key to open many career doors. You could
pursue a career in academia (e.g., conduct research
at a university), private industry (e.g., a biologist
for The Nature Conservancy), or the government (e.g.,
a Forest or Regional biologist or Line officer! Or a
state biologist.). Your career can span all three areas.
If you are interested in finding universities that
offer degrees in natural resources try doing a search
on that page for "natural+resources", "wildlife",
"fisheries", or "botany" depending
on your interest.
You can also visit the web sites of universities that
host our workshops . Visit the Society web sites relating to your area of interest. They all have information on higher education and have relationships with universities.
Interested in pursuing a career with the Forest Service?
Read these job descriptions:
Forest Service "Jobs" - General Careers Information page. From there you can explore other staffs, learn more about the agency and maybe discover the career of your dreams! The Forest Service has researchers, entomologists, silviculturists, recreationists, policy analysts, fire specialists, law enforcement, tropical forestry, administration, computer specialists, GIS and remote sensing, plant pathologists - just to name a few!
Interested in pursuing a career with the US Government?
Visit these sites:
Office of Personnel Management
- US Government
Service Office of Personnel
Overview of working for the Forest Service