A new employee of the U.S. Forest Service, Ruby Johnson first became interested in working for the agency because of something that most of us who work here know but often don’t realize impacts others so strongly. It’s our motto: “Caring for the land and serving the people.” Ruby really believes in everything that this motto infers. As a mining engineer, she’s passionate about the mining industry but also advocates for the industry to be economically and socially responsible. She feels strongly that her professional values are in alignment with the goals of the agency.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I serve as a mining engineer in the Forest Service’s Minerals and Geology Management team based in Elko, Nevada. I’m currently working on a revegetation bonding release for a large mine. My favorite part of the job is learning about the geology of the mountainous state of Nevada, as well as doing field work in my district forest.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, partially raised there, and in Nigeria as well. I came to the United States 13 years ago and have called Maryland home all these years.
Who or what inspired you growing up?
My family instilled values in me to be a driven and confident woman. They inspired me to reach for excellence and nothing less. Having been raised this way, I strived to grow into a woman of character and integrity who honors the Lord and serves her community.
What do you like to do for fun on your free time?
I enjoy hiking, journaling, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
What is your highest personal and professional achievement?
My highest personal achievements include serving as a mentor to young girls in grades 6 to 8 in a Christian mentoring program called Ladies Into Priceless Standards, as well as serving as Miss Sierra Leone USA 2012 and Miss Earth Maryland 2015. My highest professional achievements include working in Sierra Leone in 2013 at a diamond mine, as well as being offered a position in with the U.S. Forest Service whereby I can stay connected to my field of study and serve the community. I am thankful for the opportunities to grow that the Forest Service will provide me as a mining engineer, and look forward to working with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest as well as the Washington Office Minerals and Geology management teams.
What are your future career goals?
Working for the Forest Service, I hope to increase my knowledge and experiences with minerals and other resources through my current forest and others. Under the Pathways program, I plan to take as many trainings as possible so I can perform better in projects and contribute to the goals of the Forest Service. I am open to taking any path that will successfully groom me into becoming a well-learned and experienced mining engineer, team player, and leader in the Forest Service.