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Presidential Management Fellows Program

Current Presidential Management Fellow positions

Contact us to learn about new openings or rotational opportunities.

Please access detailed position descriptions on OPM's PMF Talent Acquisition System.

1. Social Scientist. Northern Region - Ecosystem Assessment & Planning Staff. Missoula, MT. Hiring Manager: Karen Mollander (kmollander@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Nick Goldstein (nicholasrgoldstein@fs.fed.us).

2. NEPA Planner. Mogollon Rim Ranger District - Coconino NF. Happy Jack, AZ. Hiring Manager: Linda Wadleigh (lwadleigh@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Sunny Ng (sunnywng@fs.fed.us).

3. Communications and Diversity Outreach Specialist . Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Sparks, NV. Hiring Manager: Randy Swick (rswick@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Sunny Ng (sunnywng@fs.fed.us).

4. Volunteer Services & Community Engagement Program Manager. Pacific Southwest Region. Vallejo, CA. Hiring Manager: Teresa Drivas (tdrivas@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Nick Goldstein (nicholasrgoldstein@fs.fed.us).

5. ID Social Science/Natural Resource Specialist. Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette NF. Sweet Home, OR. Hiring Manager: Amanda Colton (arcolton@fs.fed.us) or Cindy Glick (cglick@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Nick Goldstein (nicholasrgoldstein@fs.fed.us).

6. Natural Resource Specialist. Southern Region. Atlanta, GA. Hiring Manager: Rachel Smith (rachelcsmith@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Kelly Balcarczyk (kellylbalcarczyk@fs.fed.us).

7. Joint Chief's Collaborative Coordinator. Wayne National Forest. Marietta, OH. Hiring Manager: Anthony Scardina (ascardina@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Sunny Ng (sunnywng@fs.fed.us).

8. Forest Inventory and Analysis-Natural Resource Specialist. Pacific Northwest Research Station. Portland, OR. Hiring Manager: Sharon Stanton (sharonmstanton@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Kelly Balcarczyk (kellylbalcarczyk@fs.fed.us).

9. Engineer. White Mountain National Forest. Campton, NH. Hiring Manager: Scott Lees (wslees@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Nick Goldstein (nicholasrgoldstein@fs.fed.us).

10. Hydrologist/Soil Scientist/Ecologist. Prescott National Forest. Prescott, AZ. Hiring Manager: Michael Kellett (mkellett02@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Kelly Balcarczyk (kellylbalcarczyk@fs.fed.us).

11. Natural Resource Specialist. Washington Office-Wilderness/Wild & Scenic Rivers. Washington, D.C. Hiring Manager: Sue Spear (sspear@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Nick Goldstein (nicholasrgoldstein@fs.fed.us).

12. Assistant Program Lead for Land Adjustments. Pacific Southwest Region. Vallejo, CA. Hiring Manager: Norman Noyes (nnoyes@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Nick Goldstein (nicholasrgoldstein@fs.fed.us).

13. Research Biologist/ Ecologist. Rocky Mountain Research Station -Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program. Albuquerque, NM. Hiring Manager: Deborah Finch (dfinch@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Sunny Ng (sunnywng@fs.fed.us).

14. Assistant Regional Social Scientist. Southwestern Region- Ecosystem Assessment & Planning Staff Albuquerque, NM. Hiring Manager: Bob Davis (bdavis03@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Kelly Balcarczyk (kellylbalcarczyk@fs.fed.us).

15. Recreation and Lands Planner. Deschutes National Forest. Bend, OR. Hiring Manager: Yewah Lau (ylau@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Kelly Balcarczyk (kellylbalcarczyk@fs.fed.us).

16. Environmental Scientist/ Biologist. Angeles National Forest. Arcadia, CA. Hiring Manager: Jamie Uyehara. (juyehara@fs.fed.us) PMF Contact: Sunny Ng (sunnywng@fs.fed.us).

17. Hydrologist/ Geologist. Angeles National Forest. Arcadia, CA. Hiring Manager: Jamie Uyehara. (juyehara@fs.fed.us) PMF Contact: Sunny Ng (sunnywng@fs.fed.us).

18. Program Coordinator, Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management; Washington D.C.; Hiring Manager: Dan Olsen; Position contact: Drag Sharp dragsharp@fs.fed.us; PMF contact sunnywng@fs.fed.us

19. Strategic Management Analyst, Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management; Washington D.C.; Hiring Manager: Dan Olsen; Position contact: Drag Sharp dragsharp@fs.fed.us; PMF contact sunnywng@fs.fed.us

20. Interdisciplinary Soil Scientist/Hydrologist, Wayne National Forest. Nelsonville, OH. Hiring Manager: Anthony Scardina:  (ascardina@fs.fed.us). PMF Contact: Sunny Ng (sunnywng@fs.fed.us).

Forest Service PMF Program
and Opportunities

Forest Service PMF Program Mission

The USDA Forest Service's (FS) Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program aims to attract highly qualified persons with graduate degrees from a variety of academic disciplines and to prepare these individuals to be effective leaders and managers. The program should enhance the diversity and quality of the FS workforce and provide a cadre of highly qualified candidates to further the agency's mission.

“I am thrilled that we in the Forest Service are doing another round of hiring of Presidential Management Fellows. In recent years we have grown our PMF program into a critical part of our succession planning, talent acquisition, and leadership development. We specifically seek to give our PMFs significant responsibilities and broad exposure to the work that we do. It's been a worthwhile investment. We now have a vast network of PMF alumni doing a wide range of valuable work for our Agency. To a very large degree, the success of our program has been due to the contributions of the PMFs themselves. I know of no other Federal agency that has directly engaged PMFs themselves in the management of its PMF program to the extent that we have done in the Forest Service. If you are a PMF finalist, and you think you might be interested in the exciting work we do in the Forest Service, I encourage you to give our program a close look.”

Mary Wagner, Associate Chief of the Forest Service

Why Join the Forest Service as a PMF?

As a PMF you will get support from all levels of the agency throughout your career. The program is respected within the agency and the department. When you are hired, you will be paired with at least two PMFs from the previous year's class to help you get started. You also get to choose senior level mentors soon after you join to help guide you through the fellowship and throughout your FS career.

Each fall, new FS PMFs are invited to an orientation in Washington, DC to meet as a cohort, network with other FS employees, learn about opportunities as a PMF, and about the agency as a whole. People in your cohort will be great resources and friends throughout your Forest Service career.

The Forest Service PMF program is unique in that it is largely managed by the fellows themselves in collaboration with an Advisory Board. Through your work on PMF program committees, you will have opportunities to form relationships with PMF alumni and people throughout the agency.

“The improved quality of life provided through public lands stewardship is something my family and I have experienced personally. I can think of no more rewarding professional mission.”

Karl Malcolm (PMF Class of 2011), Wildlife Ecologist – Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, and Rare Plants Program – Washington, DC

PMF Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides leadership and oversight of the FS PMF program to:

  • Develop vision and strategic direction of the PMF program to facilitate the Forest Service mission and goals;
  • Increase agency-wide awareness and support;
  • Ensure quality experiences for interns, host staffs, and the agency; and
  • Monitor and address emerging issues.

The Advisory Board is composed of FS leadership from various locations and deputy areas, including many past PMFs as well as senior-level leaders. The Advisory Board supports PMFs throughout the 2-year fellowship. Many also serve as PMF mentors.

“Not only is the PMF program well-known by leadership within Forest Service but the support network is fantastic. I don't think you would encounter the same level of enthusiasm for the program in other agencies.”

Katie Frerker (PMF Class of 2012), Conservation Education Coordinator – International Institute of Tropical Forestry – San Juan, PR

PMF Committees

The PMF committees were developed to meet the needs of fellows as well as potential and current supervisors. Committees keep the PMF program running smoothly by organizing recruitment and orientation for the next cohort, helping PMFs through the conversion process, and organizing trainings and projects. Committee membership and leadership change annually, with committees selected by the incoming cohort during orientation.

There is flexibility for each cohort to leave its legacy. The 2012 PMFs worked with the Advisory Board to initiate a cohort project focused on wood energy. Committee work expands PMF's skills and networks, and builds camaraderie in the cohort.

“You'll hear talk about the ‘Forest Service family,’ and you really do experience that as a PMF. People are committed to the Forest Service mission and share strong bonds.”

Becky Blanchard (PMF Class of 2012), Natural Resource Specialist – Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Program – Everett, WA

Rotations & Training

FS supports rotations and trainings for PMFs, as they are both requirements to successfully complete the program. PMFs have done rotations within the FS, as well as with other agencies and non-profits. This is something you will discuss with your supervisor once on board as part of your individual development plan.

There are many training opportunities available to FS employees. Examples of popular PMF trainings include congressional briefings, appropriations law, NEPA, and wildland fire.

Careers Beyond the Fellowship

Over the last 30 years, about 70% of FS PMFs have stayed in the agency. PMF alums now work in almost all areas. Some examples of positions that PMFs have converted into include Partnership Coordinator, Deputy District Ranger, Forest Ecologist, Recreation Planner, Regional Social Scientist, Climate Change Specialist, and Sustainable Operations Coordinator.

While some agencies hire PMFs to fill specific positions that will be vacated due to retirement or other factors, FS offers PMFs the flexibility to build careers that fit each fellow's interests and goals. Throughout the fellowship, PMFs work with supervisors and mentors to target potential conversion opportunities and get the experience and training to qualify. FS emphasizes continued learning and encourages training, shadows, details, and stretch assignments at all career stages.

Current Openings

The Forest Service completed most open hiring for 2015 PMFs. See our list of positions below or on OPM's TAS site.

For information about rotations or conversion for current PMFs contact us.

The Forest Service, Future Leaders Growing Future Leaders, was selected as one of the Top 50 programs for the Harvard Innovations in Government Award in 2008.

Search Forest Service and OPM websites for additional information



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Last modified April 23, 2015