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With the Forest Service's commitment to increase diversity, there are several student employment initiatives which the Forest Service has available to draw in the best and brightest. Typically, participants in the agency's national Multicultural Workforce Strategic Initiatives (MWSI) are initially employed under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). Student hires who show strong potential to become career employees may be promoted from STEP hires to employment under the Forest Service's Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). Students employed under SCEP are the Forest Service's primary source for external recruitment into entry-level permanent positions. In 2001, the MWSI program provided opportunities for approximately 250 students from diverse backgrounds to work in a variety of primarily natural resource professions. Several MWSI programs offer students tuition assistance and other support, if certain criteria are met:

Alabama A&M Initiative in Huntsville, involves the recruitment of students from Alabama A & M University pursuing careers in forestry, soil science, botany, and other natural resource-related fields. The Initiative also admits students who have completed the Schenk Job Corps Pre-Forestry Training Program. The Initiative is hosted by the Southern Research Station and includes a full-time Forest Service Liaison located on the university's campus in Normal, Alabama.

Louise K. Wyche, National Program Manager
Phone: (256) 858-4188
Main Desk: (256) 858-4201
Fax: (256) 858-8275
e-mail: lwyche@fs.fed.us


American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) involves the recruitment of students to pursue a Bachelor's or graduate degree in natural resources at a college of their choice. The program introduces prospective recruits from any university to Forest Service careers using STEP appointments. Interested students who subsequently enroll in a Bachelor's or graduate degree program in natural resources may apply for, and be recruited into SCEP positions under AIHEC (usually as sophomores or juniors, if undergraduates). The program is hosted by Region 4 and includes a full-time liaison located at Haskell campus in Lawrence, KS.

Doug Eifler, Acting Liaison
Phone: (785) 749-8493
e-mail: daeifler@fs.fed.us

Brenda Woods-Brown, Assistant
Phone: (785) 749-8493
e-mail: bwoodsbrown@fs.fed.us




Florida A&M Initiative is a partnership with Florida A&M (FAM) and the University of Florida (UF) that involves the recruitment of students preparing for careers in forestry, wildlife, ecology, and natural resources conservation. Students complete a 2-year preparatory curriculum at FAM and transfer into University of Florida (a 4-year university) to complete their natural resource degree. The Forest Service Southern Research Station is the host unit and includes a full-time liaison located on campus.

Ted Willis, Liaison
Phone: (850) 412-7383
Fax: (850) 561-2444
e-mail: twillis@fs.fed.us


Haskell Indian Nations University Initiative involves the recruitment of students who are attending, or have attended the Haskell Indian Nations University and wish to pursue a Bachelor's or graduate degree and career in natural resources. The program introduces prospective recruits to Forest Service careers using STEP appointments. Interested students subsequently enroll in a Bachelor's or graduate degree program in natural resources and may be recruited into SCEP positions (usually as sophomores or juniors, if undergraduates). The program is hosted by Region 4 and includes a full-time liaison located at Haskell campus in Lawrence, KS.

Doug Eifler, Acting Liaison
Phone: (785) 749-8493
e-mail: daeifler@fs.fed.us

Brenda Woods-Brown, Assistant
Phone: (785) 749-8493
e-mail: bwoodsbrown@fs.fed.us


Hispanic Recruitment Initiative involves the recruitment of students preparing for careers in natural resources. The Initiative includes the recruitment of high school students who are preparing for a community college or university curriculum, and then completing their degree in natural resources at any 4-year college or university of their choice. Region 3 is the host unit with a liaison located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

John Montoya, Liaison
Phone: (505) 761-4405

Vinita B. Morse
Phone: (505) 842-3399
e-mail: vbmorse@fs.fed.us


Person with Disabilities (PWD) Initiative is able to help managers recruit students (SCEPS and STEPS) and Schedule A entry-level hires with disabilities from any university for administrative and natural science/resources positions. The WO Human Resource Management staff has a full-time liaison. A primary recruitment source of the PWD Initiative is the federally sponsored Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students With Disabilities (WRP). Trained recruitment specialists from several federal agencies, including the Forest yearly visit about 175 colleges nationwide, interview about 1400 students with disabilities, and prepare credential summaries of these candidates for nationwide distribution via CD ROMs.

Jerry McGaughran, Liaison
Phone: (703) 605-0847
TTY: (703) 605-4563
Fax: (703) 605-5101
e-mail: jmcgaughran@fs.fed.us


Research Scientist Initiative was established to develop a skilled work force that is diverse in disciplinary training, gender, and cultural/racial/ethnic origin, in order to address natural resource challenges of the 21st century. Annually, research stations propose research projects/positions to fill projected research needs. Candidates may be from any university, but must be enrolled in at least a Master's Degree program, with intentions to complete their doctorate in the desired research field. Candidates receive $25,000/year in support (toward salary, school costs). Additional funding is subject to local research organizations. The program includes a liaison located in WO Research & Development.

Marty Longan, Liaison
Phone: (703) 605-4180
e-mail: mlongan@fs.fed.us


Schenk was developed to provide promising Job Corps students an opportunity to receive one year of pre-college and pre-forestry studies, as well as hands-on experience in the Pisgah National Forest. Approximately 10 students per year from Job Corps Centers throughout the Nation are recruited yearly to participate. From this pool, students enroll in Alabama A&M University, pursue natural resource degrees, and have gone onto Alabama A & M Initiative program where they receive a Forest Service scholarship and job placement support.

Rick Kiel
Phone: (828) 862-6130
Fax: (828) 877-5076
e-mail: rkiel@fs.fed.us


Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge Campus, Louisiana was established to develop and coordinate effective programs for recruitment and retention of urban forestry undergraduate and graduate students at Southern University. The initative is hosted by Region 8, and includes a full-time liason.

Rodney Stone, Liaison
Phone: (225) 771-5187
Fax: (225) 771-6287
e-mail: rstone03@fs.fed.us


Tuskegee University Initiative involves the outreach and recruitment of students in high school and college who are pursuing careers in natural resources. Students pursue 3 + 2 program that includes completion of a pre-natural resources curriculum at Tuskegee. They then transfer to one of eight universities for completion of a Bachelor's or, occasionally, a Master's degree in a natural resources field (U of Washington, NC State U, Duke U, U of Florida, Mississippi State U, U of California at Davis, or Auburn U). The initiative is hosted by Region 8, and includes a full-time liason.

Ivan D. Green, Liaison
Phone: (334) 727-8327
Cell: (334) 462-1331
e-mail: igreen@fs.fed.us


University of California, Davis Initiative involves the recruitment of students pursuing majors in natural resources at any college of their choice. Region 5 is the host unit with a full-time liaison is located on the UC Davis campus.

Jarne Kimokeo
Phone: (530) 754-8792
e-mail jkimokeo@fs.fed.us


USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a Departmental Initiative, agency funded, and recruits top high school scholars to pursue natural resource careers at one of the seventeen 1890 Land Grant Institutions (see list below). Students selected receive full four-year scholarships, SCEP positions, and are converted by their hiring units to permanent employees upon graduation. The 1890 Land Grant Institutions include the following universities: Alabama A & M, Alcorn State, Delaware State, Florida A & M, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State, Langston, Lincoln, North Carolina A & T, Prairie View A & M, South Carolina State, Southern University & A & M College, Tennessee State, Tuskegee, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Virginia State.

Al Hall, Coordinator
Phone: (202) 205-0601
Fax: (202) 690-1025
e-mail: ahall@fs.fed.us


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