National New Employee Orientations scheduled for 2018

WASHINGTON — Because the agency is committed to the development of all, a National New Employee Orientation program was created to help new employees nationwide gain a deeper perspective into our culture, value and purpose. The program is intended for all new, permanent employees within their first two years of service, regardless of grade.

The Albuquerque Service Center and Intermountain Region hosted the first of three sessions for fiscal year 2018 from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Approximately 90 employees from units across the country attended the session. They were welcomed by Chief Tooke, who shared his professional experience and made a point of meeting every participant, telling them that anything is possible by citing his own career path as an example.

NNEO is designed to help employees build partnerships and realize how their careers are vitally important to the success of our agency. The program included panel sessions led by senior leadership which provided information about our mission, vision, values and culture. The interactive three-day sessions highlighted discussions on embracing diverse perspectives, building collaborative partnerships and actively contributing to shaping the future of the agency. The employees’ excitement about the Forest Service was inspiring.

Future sessions are scheduled for February 26–March 2, April 16–20 and July 16–20. Full-time permanent employees with two years of time or fewer with the Forest Service are urged to discuss the possibility of participating in a future orientation session with their supervisors.

Photo: Large group of people poses outside building. Some are in Forest Service uniforms.
Participants in the late October session of the National New Employee Orientation pose at Albuquerque Service Center, New Mexico. Forest Service photo.