Celebrating Women's History Month

WASHINGTON, DC—The Forest Service has made great strides in its hiring of women in the past 100-plus years. Once mostly relegated to simply desk work, women truly began breaking into line and staff positions in the late 20th century. Although the first female scientist at the Forest Products Laboratory, Eloise Gerry, was hired in 1910 and the first female forest fire lookout, Hallie Daggett, was hired in 1913, these women were exceptions rather than the rule. More women began moving into line officer and field positions in the 1970s.

National New Leader Program graduates next generation of FS leaders

NEW MEXICO—Leaders come in all job series and at every grade level. The National New Leader Program, which just graduated its second class, helps new leaders take their skills to the next level.

The NNLP supports Forest Service leadership’s commitment to a positive work environment, succession planning, workforce development, and a continuous learning environment. Targeted to GS-7 to GS-11 employees, the program brings together high-performing, highly motivated employees from across the country to participate in a six-month development program focused on Leading Self.