PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWS
Presidential Management Fellows
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program serves as an innovative way to recruit new talent into the agency. The program attracts highly qualified individuals with graduate degrees from a variety of academic disciplines, and prepares them to be effective managers and leaders in the Forest Service.
Presidential Management Fellows (PMFs) are identified by the Office of Personnel Management as individuals with leadership potential. OPM uses a national competitive process that gauges competency in critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and commitment to public service.
Presidential Management Fellows have diverse sets of qualifications and backgrounds. All PMFs have graduate degrees, either at the Master's or Doctoral level. PMFs have graduate degrees in public policy, business management, natural resource management, law, public administration, among others. The PMF program provides an additional staffing tool to enhance the diversity and quality of the Forest Service workforce. The Forest Service emphasizes the leadership development and training components of the program to ensure Fellows are well prepared to compete for permanent placements in the agency and have a strong foundation to begin their careers as managers and leaders.
The Forest Service hired 15 PMFs into the program last year and has hired more than 90 using the PMF program in the past 5 years. The agency is trying to increase the use of this program to bring new leaders on board.
Masters and PhD students from a range of disciplines as well as JD students are encouraged to apply. The application process for the class of 2013 has ended and finalists have been announced. 2013 finalists are encouraged to apply to PMF Forest Service positions on the OPM PMF website.
For more detailed information on the application process and 2014 timeline, please check the OPM PMF website. Learn more about the Presidential Management Fellows program with the Forest Service.
Learn more about the Presidential Management Fellows program with the Forest Service.