Previous SAF Conventions
Hiring at the 2016 Society of American Foresters Convention
There was great turn out at the hiring event the Forest Service hosted during the 2016 Society of American Foresters Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, November 2-6, 2016. More than 200 applicants submitted applications at the hiring event. The Forest Service hired 114 people for positions across the country!
U.S. Forest Service Recruitment at the 2015 Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention
The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management conducted a Student Recruitment Event at the 2015 Society of American Foresters Convention held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
U.S. Forest Service Recruitment at the 2014 Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention
The Forest Service Pathway’s student recruitment event at the Society of American Foresters’ Convention the week of October 7, 2014, was a huge success! Over 1,000 students from around the world attended the conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fifty-nine students were interviewed. Twenty-six students were hired as Pathways Indefinite Interns in forest management and natural resources management trainee positions. Representatives from Human Resources Management; Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8; the Washington Office National Forest System; Washington office Civil Rights; and USDA Office of Human Resource Management worked in collaboration to make the event a success. Below is a photo of the class of 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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