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U.S. Forest Service Recruitment at the 2014 Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention

The U.S. Forest Service will advertise student internship positions on USAJobs from September 29th through October 9th, 2014. Applications will be accepted on site at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on October 8th, and from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on October 9th. Refer to the SAF's National Convention web page for more information about the convention.

This recruitment event is a streamlined approach to hiring that uses the excepted service hiring authority under the Pathways Internship Program. We will evaluate applicants during the event and may extend tentative offers of employment by the end of Convention. It is a rapid, applicant-friendly competitive recruitment process.

Students

Students interested in applying for a job with the U.S. Forest Service at the SAF Convention should periodically check this website. We will post job information on this website, with job announcements posted on USAJobs. Refer to instructions below under “How to Apply.”

Eligibility for Consideration

The following are required in order to qualify for the various hiring programs:

Pathways Student Intern - Indefinite: The Pathways Student Intern – Indefinite Program allows for appointment to student positions related to a student’s chosen academic area of study. These programs require a formal commitment from the university or college in which the student is enrolled. Upon completion of 640 hours of training, he or she can be converted to a permanent position without further competition. These positions integrate classroom study with paid work experience to prepare the student for placement in the permanent workforce at an entry-level position. It targets students in their sophomore and junior year working on Bachelor’s degrees, although freshman, seniors (if graduation is delayed), and incoming graduates students. Students must be enrolled at least half -time in an accredited program leading to qualifications required for the specific job. U.S. Citizenship is required for conversion to a permanent position.

Compensation and Benefits

Pathways Intern – Indefinite positions may be filled at grades GS-3/4/5/7, depending upon qualifications and the vacancy. Upon graduation and successful work experience, a student employee may convert to a permanent professional position at grades GS-5/7/9, with a full performance level of GS-7, 9, or 11. Other technician positions are filled at grades GS-3/4 with a full performance level of GS-4, 5, 6, or 7. Starting grade depends upon academic and professional qualifications, and future promotions depend upon successful performance and supervisor recommendation. You may review compensation rates for the various grades and localities on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Salaries and Wages web page.

As employees of the Federal Government, Forest Service employees enjoy a comprehensive and flexible range of benefits and. All permanent employees, including student intern employees, are eligible. Our employees find that the benefits program we offer is designed to support the lifestyles of a diverse national workforce in a flexible system that allows you to match benefit choices to you and your family's individual needs. For more information, please see the U.S. Forest Jobs: Benefits and Training web page.

How to Apply

It is very important to bring all requested materials to Convention for your application, including copies of current transcripts. We will consider qualified student applicants for appropriate positions, although you may request consideration for specific jobs or locations. Walk-in applicants must turn in their applications on Wednesday, October 8th between 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Thursday October 9th between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on-site at the Convention. Please drop off applications next to the Society of American Foresters registration booths. We will schedule on-site interviews for applicants who attend the convention on either Wednesday afternoon/evening, Thursday all day, or Friday morning at the Salt Lake Convention Center. Students must be available for in-person interviews during those times. The positions will be tentatively offered on Friday afternoon/evening, October 10th. The process is very competitive. Applicants who cannot be interviewed at the convention or who drop off applications on Friday may be contacted and considered about other job opportunities as they arise. This includes a remote national Pathways hiring event from October 20th through October 24th.

To apply for the positions students must have 2 of each of the following ready for submission at Convention:

  1. Cover letter – optional (one page maximum)
  2. Resume that includes the following information: 1) contact information; 2) completed coursework; 3) education/GPA; 4) work/volunteer experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 5) supervisor’s name, phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) References.
  3. Transcripts: An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to appointment. Transcripts MUST include the student’s full name, name of the school, current GPA/academic standing, past and current coursework, and degree program. If your school does not provide transcripts or the transcripts does not provide all the necessary information listed above, you should include additional academic documentation from the school that meets the requirements above. This additional documentation may include a letter from the school’s registrar’s office or official enrollment verification.
  4. Acceptance letter: Students who have recently graduated or are expected to graduate in the fall/winter term must also include an official acceptance letter along with their transcripts to verify they are continuing their education.
  5. DD-214 (MEMBER 4 COPY) or VA documentation if claiming Veteran’s Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference

Note: Students who have attended multiple educational institutions or have multiple degrees should include documentation from all sources when submitting their application. All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see the Database of Accredited Programs and Institutions.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For more information please see Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

Available Jobs

We will provide information on this website about available positions. The jobs will be formally advertised on USAJobs from September 29th through October 8th, 2014.

For questions related to this recruitment effort, please contact Julie Ortiz at (505) 563-9262 or by e-mail at julieortiz@fs.fed.us. For questions about a specific job, please contact the hiring manager listed on this website.

2014 Society of American Foresters Pathways Student Internship-Indefinite Positions. October 8-10, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Unit Contact Student Position Series and Grade Target Conversion Position Including Career Ladder Duty Station Government Housing Available? Brief Summary of Position

USFS Washington Office
Forest Management

Lathrop Smith
Phone: 970-295-5961
Cell: 970-776-6510
Email: lpsmith@fs.fed.us

Forestry GS-499-4/5

Forester GS-460-5/7/9

Washington Office Forest Management Detached, Fort Collins, CO

No

Sale Administration Forester - Receives advanced training through classroom and on-the-job instruction to provide a more thorough understanding of and exposure to laws and regulations, administrative policies, production/validation processes, and the various methods employed in design, evaluation, research, or other analytical/ scientific/engineering functions. Functions in an assistant capacity, typically working with senior staff members, carrying out predetermined phases of the assignments designed to provide broad exposure to the work in the profession.

USFS Washington Office Forest Management

Dave Cawrse
970-295-5780
dcawrse@fs.fed.us

Forestry GS-499 –
4/5

Forester GS-460-5/7/9

Forest Management Service Center, Fort Collins, CO

No

Forest Biometrician - This position is in the National Forest Systems, Washington Office Forest Management Staff, and Forest Management Service Center. The responsibilities of this Unit are national in scope and provide software development, training, documentation, and biometrics support for the National Forests. The incumbent provides expertise in the design, development, testing, and integration of forest management and analytical support tools into forest measurements and forest simulation systems (growth and yield modeling). See the Forest Vegetation Simulator or Forest Product Measurements websites for more information. Although not required, this position targets graduate level students in forest biometrics. Conversion to a permanent position could occur at a Regional or Forest level office.

USFS
Region 1

C. Quinn Carver
Phone: 406-283-7695
Email: qcarver01@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-3/4

Forester GS-460-5/7/9

Kootenai National Forest, Variable Districts. Duty Station: Supervisor’s Office, Libby, MT

No

Prep/Planning Forester - Identifies project opportunities for consideration in the NEPA process, Develops units, including logging systems during analysis, participates as an interdisciplinary team member. Prepares the sale feasibility report, timber sale report and timber sale contract. Plans out multiple year sale program working with other resource specialists. Bear country!

USFS
Region 2

Jeffrey Underhill
Phone: 303-275-5016
Email: junderhill@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Forester GS-460 5/7/9

Golden, CO

No

Forester Trainee - The intern will be located in the Forest Management staff of the Regional office for the Rocky Mountain Region. Upon completion of the program, the student may be converted on a forest, most likely in the Rocky Mountain Region but it could be anywhere in the country.

Both as an intern and after conversion as a forester trainee, the employee will work in all the areas of forest management to gain a full understanding of the forest management program. This work will include a combination of timber sale planning and preparation (NEPA, sale layout), sale administration, and silviculture. As the employee develops an interest in a specific portion of the forest management program (sale prep, sale administration, or silviculture), their training and work will emphasize that area so they can develop the expertise needed to reach the full performance level of a GS-9.

USFS
Region 2

Randy Spiering
Phone: 307-578-5185
Email: rspiering@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Sale Prep Forester GS-460 5/7/9

Cody, WY

Yes

Sale Preparation Forester - The intern will be located in the timber shop of the Shoshone National Forest. During the program the intern will work on gaining timber sale preparation experience. Both as an intern and after conversion as a forester trainee, the employee will be exposed to all areas of forest management to gain a full understanding of the forest management program. This work will include a combination of timber sale planning and preparation (NEPA, sale layout), sale administration, and silviculture.

USFS
Region 2

Anthony Saba
Phone: 307-674-2688
Email: tsaba@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Forest Sale Prep
GS-0460-5/7/9

Sheridan, WY

Yes, for summer or short term

Sale Preparation, Silviculture, or Sale Administration Forester - The intern will be located in the timber shop of the Bighorn National Forest.
During the program the intern will work on gaining timber sale preparation experience. Both as an intern and after conversion as a forester trainee, the employee will be exposed to all areas of forest management to gain a full understanding of the forest management program. This work will include a combination of timber sale planning and preparation (NEPA, sale layout), sale administration, and silviculture.

Currently no Forester vacancies exist, but are anticipated. Target Positions could include position as a sale prep forester, Silviculture Forester, or Sale Administration Forester

USFS
Region 3

Carol Boyd (on site)
Phone: 505-366-4691
Email: cboyd@fs.fed.us

Dave Cummings (hiring manager)
Phone: 505-842-3246
Email: dcummings@fs.fed.us

Natural Resources Specialist GS-499-3/4

Forester
GS-460-5/7/9

Albuquerque, NM

No

Timber Sale Planning / Preparation - The intern will be located in the Forest Management staff of the Regional office for the Southwestern Region. Upon completion of the program, the student may be converted on a forest, most likely in the Southwestern Region but it could be anywhere in the country.

Both as an intern and after conversion as a forester trainee, the employee will work in all the areas of forest management to gain a full understanding of the forest management program. This work will include a combination of timber sale planning and preparation (NEPA, sale layout), sale administration, and silviculture. As the employee develops an interest in a specific portion of the forest management program (sale prep, sale administration, or silviculture), their training and work will emphasize that area so they can develop the expertise needed to reach the full performance level of a GS-9.

USFS
Region 3

Carol Boyd (onsite)
Phone: 505-366-4691
Email: cboyd@fs.fed.us

Ian Fox (hiring manager)
Phone:
Email: ifox@fs.fed.us

Natural Resources Specialist GS-499-3/4

Forester
GS-460-5/7/9

Grants, NM

Yes

Timber Sale Planning / Preparation - The intern will be located on the Mount Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. The Cibola has several national level projects the intern will have the opportunity to work with. Upon completion of the program, the student may be converted on a forest, most likely in the Southwestern Region but it could be anywhere in the country.

Both as an intern and after conversion as a forester trainee, the employee will work in all the areas of forest management to gain a full understanding of the forest management program. This work will include a combination of timber sale planning and preparation (NEPA, sale layout), sale administration, and silviculture. As the employee develops an interest in a specific portion of the forest management program (sale prep, sale administration, or silviculture), their training and work will emphasize that area so they can develop the expertise needed to reach the full performance level of a GS-9.

USFS
Region 3

Amber Dorsch (on site and hiring manager)
Phone: 928-214-2455
Email: adorsch@fs.fed.us

Natural Resources Specialist GS-499-3/4

Forester
GS-460-5/7/9

Happy Jack, AZ

Yes

Timber Sale Planning / Preparation - The intern will be located on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. The Coconino is part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative which is the largest forest restoration project in the country. The student will be actively engaged in the planning and implementation of this project. Upon completion of the program, the student may be converted on a forest, most likely in the Southwestern Region but it could be anywhere in the country.

Both as an intern and after conversion as a forester trainee, the employee will work in all the areas of forest management to gain a full understanding of the forest management program. This work will include a combination of timber sale planning and preparation (NEPA, sale layout), sale administration, and silviculture. As the employee develops an interest in a specific portion of the forest management program (sale prep, sale administration, or silviculture), their training and work will emphasize that area so they can develop the expertise needed to reach the full performance level of a GS-9.

USFS
Region 3

Phone: 505-366-4691
Email: cboyd@fs.fed.us

Micah Grondin (hiring manager)
Phone: 928-635-5614
Email: mgrondin@fs.fed.us

Natural Resources Specialist GS-499-3/4

Forester
GS-460-5/7/9

Williams, AZ

No

Timber Sale Planning / Preparation - The intern will be located on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The Kaibab is part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative which is the largest forest restoration project in the country. The student will be actively engaged in the planning and implementation of this project. Upon completion of the program, the student may be converted on a forest, most likely in the Southwestern Region but it could be anywhere in the country.

Both as an intern and after conversion as a forester trainee, the employee will work in all the areas of forest management to gain a full understanding of the forest management program. This work will include a combination of timber sale planning and preparation (NEPA, sale layout), sale administration, and silviculture. As the employee develops an interest in a specific portion of the forest management program (sale prep, sale administration, or silviculture), their training and work will emphasize that area so they can develop the expertise needed to reach the full performance level of a GS-9.

USFS
Region 3

Carol Boyd (onsite)
Phone: 505-366-4691
Email: cboyd@fs.fed.us

Chris Thiel (hiring manager)
Phone: 928-443-8222
Email: cathiel@fs.fed.us

Natural Resources Specialist GS-499-3/4

GIS Specialist
GS-401-5/7/9

Prescott, AZ

No

GIS Specialist - This position is located in the Supervisor’s Office of the Prescott National Forest. During the internship the student will be actively assisting the forest GIS specialist with work in support of the forest’s program of work.

Upon successful completion of the internship, the student may be converted to a permanent GIS specialist position. This will most likely occur on the Prescott NF but may be on another forest. The employee will have the responsibility for supporting managers and resource specialists in the use of geospatial technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for land, natural resources and ecosystem management. This will include data management, geospatial analysis, map design and production, and training. Additionally, the employee will work with other employees and partners as the lead on projects, participate as an interdisciplinary team member on large landscape scale planning projects; use spatial statistical tools for modeling to predict natural processes at the local or project level; and participate in problem solving that incorporates geospatial analysis solutions for resource management problems.

USFS
Region 3

Carol Boyd (onsite)
Phone: 505-366-4691
Email: cboyd@fs.fed.us

John Anhold (hiring manager)
Phone: 928-556-2073
Email: janhold@fs.fed.us

Natural Resources Specialist GS-499-4/5

Aerial Detection Specialist/GIS
GS-401-5/7/9

Flagstaff, AZ

No

Aerial Detection Specialist/GIS - The intern will be located with the Arizona Forest Health Zone of the Southwestern Region.

The intern will be required to work several weeks during the late winter/early spring of 2015 to attend specific training sessions.

The intern must be able to fly as an observer in fixed and rotary wing aircraft at low levels over mountainous terrain for extended periods of time, or similar activities. Normal color and stereovision is essential for accurate recognition of discolored, injured vegetation.

As an intern, the student will be learning how to conduct the annual aerial and ground based survey of federal lands in Arizona to monitor evaluate the presence, location, and trend of insect populations, insect and disease damage, other damaging agents and over-all forest health. Upon successful completion of the intern program, the student will be converted to the zone aerial detection specialist in Flagstaff, Arizona. They will then be responsible for organizing and implementing the survey program. The person will also be responsible for preparation and analysis of the data collected during the surveys utilizing GIS and specialized software.

USFS
Region 4

Mary Faurot
Phone: 208-382-7402
mfaurot@fs.fed.us

Forestry 499-4/5
PT

Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Administration)
GS-462-5/6/7 18/8

Boise National Forest, Cascade Ranger District, Cascade, Idaho

Yes

Timber Sale Prep Technician - Performs timber sale preparation duties including, timber marking, timber cruising, and sale layout.

For more information about entry level Forestry positions see Boise National Forest - Forester.

For more information about the Boise National Forest see the YouTube video Boise National Forest Job Opportunities.

USFS
Region 4

Brant Petersen
Phone: 208-392-7301
bpetersen@fs.fed.us

Forestry 499-4/5
PT

Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Administration)
GS-462-5/6/7 18/8

Boise National Forest, Idaho City Ranger District, Idaho City, Idaho

Yes

Timber Sale Prep Technician - Performs timber sale preparation duties including, timber marking, timber cruising, and sale layout.

For more information about entry level Forestry positions see Boise National Forest - Forester.

For more information about the Boise National Forest see the YouTube video Boise National Forest Job Opportunities.

USFS
Region 4

Stephaney Church
Phone: 208-587-7130
schurch@fs.fed.us

Forestry 499-4/5
PT

Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement)
GS-462-5/6/7 18/8

Boise National Forest, Mountain Home Ranger District, Mountain Home, Idaho

Yes

Timber Stand Improvement Technician - Performs technical duties in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement.

For more information about entry level Forestry positions see Boise National Forest - Forester.

For more information about the Boise National Forest see the YouTube video Boise National Forest Job Opportunities.

USFS
Region 4

John Kidd
Phone: 208-587-7130
jkidd@fs.fed.us

Forestry 499-4/5
PT

Forestry Technician (Timber Stand Improvement)
GS-462-5/6/7 18/8

Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District Lowman, Idaho
OR
Emmett Ranger District, Emmett, Idaho

Yes

Timber Stand Improvement Technician - Performs technical duties in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement.

For more information about entry level Forestry positions see Boise National Forest - Forester.

For more information about the Boise National Forest see the YouTube video Boise National Forest Job Opportunities.

USFS
Region 5

Tom Hall
PH: 530-628-1200
E-mail: thall@fs.fed.us

Hydrology
GS-1399-3/4

Hydrologist GS-1315-5/7/9

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Service South Fork Management Unit, Hayfork, CA

Yes

Hydrologist - Participates on interdisciplinary teams for resource planning and management projects, including the development of watershed assessment, environmental assessment and environmental impact statement documents. Produces specialist reports analyzing the effects of proposed actions on hydrological resources. Develops and manages grants and cooperative agreements to support watershed monitoring and restoration projects. Investigates effects of events such as fires and floods on hydrologic function and water quality. Supervises small permanent and seasonal watershed staff.

USFS
Region 5

Michael Jow
Phone: 209-962-7825 ext. 529
Email: mjow@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Forester GS-460-5/7/9

Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District, Groveland CA

Yes

Silviculturist - Performs intensive analyses of a variety of existing data collected for individual functional resource management plans in developing alternatives. Team member for National Environmental Policy Act analysis. Evaluates Silviculture alternatives for timber management that best represent the principles of ecosystem management and the management practices of other resources for an objective perspective about the environmental and social effects of the alternatives being considered.

USFS
Region 6

Casey Hawes
Phone: 541-563-8446
Email: chawes@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-3/4

Forester GS-460-5/7/9

Siuslaw National Forest, Central Coast Ranger District,
Waldport, OR

Yes

Timber Sale Preparation - Completes environmental assessment reports. Oversees cruising and marking of timber and prepares general logging plans and verifies logging system settings. Determines sale boundaries, proper location of logging roads, acceptable marking and cutting methods, stumpage prices, and the requirements for brush disposal, erosion control, and stand improvement. Prepares and reviews the timber sale appraisal, advertisement, and contract package.

Timber Sale Administration - Inspects logging operations for compliance with specific contract provisions. Keeps a record of timber cut & ensures collection of payments. Prepares formal changes in timber sale contract. Makes final inspection & recommends closure of timber sale contract.

USFS
Region 6

Mike Lawrence
Phone: 541-783-4020
Email: mlawrence@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Forester GS-460-5/7/9/11

Fremont Winema NF Chiloquin Ranger District, Chiloquin, OR

Yes

Silviculture work i.e. - planning and completing stand exams, planning timber sales, implement timber sales, complete KV plans, and other silviculture work.

USFS
R6

Kris Stein
Phone: 541-426-5501
Email: krisstein@fs.fed.us

NEPA Planner
GS-499-5/7

Natural Resources Planner GS-401-7/9/11

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Wallowa Mountains Zone, Joseph, OR

No

NEPA Planner - Serves as contact for facilitating the project planning efforts between inter—and intra-agency organizations. Instructs project staff on the plan standards and guidelines related to the unit natural resource management proposals. If changes are required to the unit plan components, recommends changes based on founded results or new technical data.

USFS
Region 6

Ian Reid
Phone: 541-261-2722 or 541-427-5316
Email: ireid@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Forester GS-460-5/7/9

Umatilla National Forest, South Zone Ranger Districts. Host RD for housing: North Fork John Day Ranger District,
Ukiah, OR

Applicant will be working on two Ranger districts which make up the South Zone of the Umatilla National Forest: Heppner, and North Fork John Day Ranger Districts.

Yes

Timber Sale Preparation and Harvest Inspector - Inspection logging operations for compliance with specific contract provisions. Design and prepare timber sale layout and fuel reduction projects; work to include cruising, logging systems, unit locations, and NEPA compliance.

Notes to applicant:

Requires the ability to live in a small rural town of 200 people, work in snow/cold weather, drive manual transmission 4x4 vehicles, and get dirty.

Mobility Component: In case of opportunities for enhanced quality and diversity of training, if the trainee agrees, the forest reserves the right to assign trainee work on a north zone ranger district. Per diem costs would not pertain as this would be a change-of-duty station and housing would be provided under these circumstances.

USFS
Region 6

Terry Craigg
Phone: 541-549-7748
Email: tcraigg@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Target: GS-470-7/9

Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District, Sisters, OR

Yes

This position works directly with a professional Soil Scientist on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. The person selected will learn to perform field assessment and conduct mapping exercises to evaluate soils in specific project areas, and then develop management interpretations for various soil types. The employee will work in an interdisciplinary team environment with other natural resource specialists.

Work will include bring information about the soil resource forward to help create informed land management decisions during project planning. This information will be used to inform management and other natural resource specialists about the inherent capability of the landscape to meet desired management objectives and to predict potential future soil impacts and prescribe mitigations for any proposed activities. 

To meet the expectations of this permanent position the candidate will need to meet Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications for a professional Soil Scientist upon competition of their education.

USFS
Region 6

James Archuleta
Phone: 541-278-3817
Email: jgarchuleta@fs.fed.us

Forestry
GS-499-4/5

Target: GS-470-7/9

Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District, Sisters, OR

Yes

This position works directly with a professional Soil Scientist on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. The person selected will learn to perform field assessment and conduct mapping exercises to evaluate soils in specific project areas, and then develop management interpretations for various soil types. The employee will work in an interdisciplinary team environment with other natural resource specialists. 

Work will include bring information about the soil resource forward to help create informed land management decisions during project planning. This information will be used to inform management and other natural resource specialists about the inherent capability of the landscape to meet desired management objectives and to predict potential future soil impacts and prescribe mitigations for any proposed activities. 

To meet the expectations of this permanent position the candidate will need to meet Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications for a professional Soil Scientist upon competition of their education.

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Previous SAF Conventions

Student Recruitment Event at the 2012 SAF Convention

Over 500 students attended the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention in Spokane, Washington, on October 24-26, 2012. The Forest Service helped sponsor 23 diversity scholars providing them scholarships to attend the convention. Additionally, we outreached and advertised eleven positions nationally and received over 900 applications. Four interview teams conducted approximately 70 interviews in-person, over-the-phone, and using Skype video technology. We made eleven job offers.

Diversity Scholars with Chief Tom Tidwell and Associate Deputy Chief Calvin Joyner at Breakfast with the Chief.
Diversity Scholars with Chief Tom Tidwell and Associate Deputy Chief Calvin Joyner at Breakfast with the Chief. Photo by Andrea Payne, Forest Service.

Diversity Scholars with Chief Tom Tidwell and Associate Deputy Chief Calvin Joyner at Breakfast with the Chief. Photo by Andrea Payne, Forest Service.
Chief Tom Tidwell with New Hires: Kelly Nywening, Hanna Mershman, and Kayanna Warren. Photo by Andrea Payne, Forest Service.

2011 SAF Convention

Over 235 students attended the SAF convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 2-6, 2011. Using On-the-Spot Hiring, the Forest Service interviewed over 60 candidates and offered jobs to 17 outstanding students. Chief Tidwell introduced the 17 new employees at the end of the convention during “Breakfast with the Chief” on November 5, 2011.

New Forest Service hires at the 2011 SAF Convention.
New Forest Service hires at the 2011 SAF Convention “Breakfast with the Chief”. Standing: Kyla Berendzen, Travis Sowards, David Gouveia, Sadira Dunn, Emily Overton, Raechel Owens, Sally Murray, Thomas Roland, Michael Shettles. Sitting: Camaura Scott, Marissa "Jo" Daniels, Christine Droske, Sylvia Staples, Chief Tom Tidwell, David Perez, Emily Rowland, Kainana Francisco

2010 SAF Convention

Over 400 students attended the SAF convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico October 27 to October 31, 2010. Using On-the-Spot Hiring, the Forest Service interviewed over 120 candidates and offered jobs to 17 outstanding candidates. Chief Tidwell introduced 9 of the 17 new employees at the end of the convention during "Breakfast with the Chief" on October 30, 2010.

New hires introduced during Breakfast with the Chief.
New hires introduced during Breakfast with the Chief. Left to right: Beth Harris, Stephanie Rayburn, Joshua LeDuc, George Smithson, Chief Tom Tidwell, Alfred Garcia, Francisca Turk, Bradley Cooper, Francisco Salazar, and Tiffani Alexander. Photo by Carol Boyd.

Ted Willis promoting opporunities of becoming a Forest Service employee at the SAF Convention.
Ted Willis recruiting a candidate at the Career Fair. Photo by Deidre Smith.

New hires sitted at a table at the SAF Convention Student Orientation and Reception.
First night at the SAF Convention Student Orientation and Reception. Left to right: Cameron Dixon, SAF Diversity Ambassador; Lorenzo Walton, Forest Service SCEP; Dr. Kozma Naka, Asst. Professor at Alabama A&M; Beth Harris, selected for Black Hills National Forest Forestry SCEP; Deidre Smith, Forest Service Liaison Officer Tuskegee University; Chanz Birch, Forest Service SCEP; Tiffani Alexander, selected for Superior National Forest Forestry SCEP; and, Brittany Ragland, MWSI student at Tuskegee University. Photo by Berlinda Baca-Sanchez.

Stephanie Rayburn and Chief Tidwell.
Stephanie Rayburn and Chief Tidwell on October 30th at SAF Convention. Stephanie was selected for a forestry position on the Coronado National Forest. Photo by Carol Boyd.

2009 SAF Convention

Over 340 students attended the SAF convention in Orlando, Florida, September 30 to October 4, 2009, many visiting the Forest Service recruitment booth, job fair table, and interviewing for our on-the-spot jobs. The Forest Service interviewed over 120 applicants; by the end of the convention, 19 students had been offered jobs. The Chief of the Forest Service introduced the new hires during his program, “Breakfast with the Chief” on Saturday morning, October 3rd.

New hires introduced during Breakfast with the Chief.
New hires introduced during Breakfast with the Chief (From left to right: Chief Tom Tidwell, Josh Exton, Leland Taylor, Chris Sorenson, Josh Bahling, Mary Mayeda, and Alex Schwartz). Photo by Deidre Smith.

Ted Willis promoting opporunities of becoming a Forest Service employee at the SAF Convention.
Ted Willis promotes opportunities of becoming a Forest Service employee. Ted also took charge of overall logistics at the convention. Photo by Deidre Smith.

An extraordinary team of Forest Service managers, recruiters, and Human Resources staff volunteered a major portion of their time at the SAF convention to interview and recruit students. Tim Dabney, Stewardship Contracting Coordinator in the Washington Office, shared the following about his experience.

"I started my career with the Forest Service 31 years ago when I was hired as a co-op student, which is the same as being hired as an SCEP student today. I am a strong advocate of the student hiring programs and am even more so after my experience with on-the-spot hiring at the recent SAF convention. I had the opportunity to interview many high caliber students from across the country and was able to fill four jobs. I only wish that we had more jobs to offer at the convention since there were still many highly qualified candidates remaining."

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