Student employment program offering a combination of academic study and work experience leading to career positions.

U.S. Department of Agriculture l Forest Service l


RECRUITMENT BULLETIN NUMBER:  SCEP-2004          OPEN:      October 15,  2003    CLOSES:  November 14,  2003


The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) (formerly the Cooperative Education Program) is designed to integrate classroom study with paid work experience, with the objective of preparing the student for responsible placement into the Forest Service’s permanent workforce.  The program is conducted in accordance with a planned schedule and a working agreement between the Forest Service, student, and the educational institution.


This bulletin is aimed primarily at sophomore and junior students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and those students pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in a field which, upon graduation, will provide the academic background, knowledges, and skills required for the target position. (Students must complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation.)



Positions may be filled by students pursuing a baccalaureate, graduate or doctorate degree.


ANTICIPATED STUDENT TRAINEE POSITIONS AVAILABLE:  Number of Positions and Locations to be determined. 


ACADEMIC MAJORS AND TARGET OCCUPATIONS:  The following is a list of potential academic majors and corresponding occupations the Forest Service employs.  Not all occupations are recruited in every location.




Academic Major                                       Target Occupation                                           

Accounting/Financial Mgt                       Accountant/Budget Analyst                            

Archeologist                                             Archeologist                                                    

Botany                                                        Botanist                                                            

Business Admin/Mgmt*                          Contract Specialist

Civil Engineering                                      Civil Engineer                                                  

Computer Science                                    Information Technology Specialist

Counseling                                                Guidance Counselor (Job Corps)                  

Ecology                                                     Ecologist

Economics                                                Economist                                                               

Education                                                   Teacher (Job Corps)

Entomology                                               Entomologist                                                   

Finance                                                      Financial Management Specialist                  

Fisheries Biology                                     Fisheries Biologist                                         

Forestry (Fire Mgt)                                  Forester, (Fire Management)                         

Forestry (Nat Res Mgt)                            Forester, (General Forest Mgt)                     

Forestry (Rec Mgt)                                  Forester, (Recreation)                                    

Geology/MiningEngineering                   Geology/Mining Engineer                              

Human Resource Mgmt*                         Human Resources Specialist

Hydrology                                                 Hydrologist                                                      

Journalism                                                 Public Affairs Specialist                                

Land/Cadastral Surveyor                          Land/Cadastral Surveyor

Landscape Architect                                 Landscape Architect                                       

Criminal Justice*                                     Law Enforcement Officer/Special Agent

Mathematics                                              Mathematician/Statistician

Recreation                                                 Recreation Specialist (Job Corps)                

Range Science                                           Rangeland Management Specialist                

Business Admin/Mgt*                              Realty Specialist

Social Science                                          Social Services Counselor (Job Corps)

Soil Science                                              Soil Scientist                                                   

Telecommunications                                Telecommunications Specialist

Wildlife Biology                                      Wildlife Biologist

*Other academic majors will be accepted for this occupation.


ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES MAY BECOME AVAILABLE in other administrative or professional occupations. 



[ Must be at least 16 years old.


[ Must be enrolled in or accepted to (with the intent to attend) an accredited 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school; and carry at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution.  Must be in a degree seeking academic program.


[ Enrolled in a field of study related to the positions being announced.


[ Must be able to complete required (career-related) work experience prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.


[ Must be a United States citizen or national (resident of American Samoa or Swains island).  If you are not a citizen, you may participate if you are legally admitted to the United States as a permanent resident, and are able to meet citizenship requirements prior to completion of your degree.


[ Must be in good academic standing.


[ Must sign Student Career Experience Program, Mobility, and Developmental agreements; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; provide verification of academic status at the end of each academic term (transcripts); must meet academic standards as set forth by the school they are attending; maintain satisfactory progress in completing academic requirements; and demonstrate satisfactory performance and conduct.  Students will be required to complete all academic requirements for the target position as required by the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards.


SALARY (current 2003 rates):

Salary may vary from GS-3/$9.80 per hour, GS-4/$11.01 per hour (Baccalaureate Progam); GS-5/$12.31 per hour, GS-7/$15.25 per hour (Graduate Program); GS-9/$18.66 per hour (Doctorate Program).



A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick leave and vacations; life insurance; incentive systems, etc.



Works under the guidance of and will assist professional or administrative personnel in non-routine and progressively responsible duties which are directly related to the students academic studies and occupational career goals.  Individual will perform well-defined tasks in various aspects of the occupational speciality.  Specific duties will be dependent upon the occupational specialty that corresponds to the college major in preparation for more difficult tasks as a professional/administrative trainee after graduation.



Selected applicants may be assigned to field duty locations in the following states.


Region 1 (R-1)      Northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota

Region 2 (R-2)      Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming

Region 3 (R-3)      Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Region 4 (R-4)      Southern Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Western Wyoming

Region 5 (R-5)      California, Hawaii

Region 6 (R-6)      Oregon, Washington

Region 8 (R-8)      Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma,

                               Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

Region 9 (R-9)      Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio,

                               Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virgina, Wisconsin,

Region 10 (R-10)  Alaska

North Central Research Station (NCRS)   Illinios, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry & Northeastern Research Station (NE/NA)   Maine, Minnesota,

                               New Hampshire, New York, Ohio,  Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia,

Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)        Alaska, Oregon, Washington

Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)         California, Hawaii

Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)       Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico,

                                                                                  North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Southern Research Station (SRS)       Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,

                                                                North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesee, Texas, Virginia

Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)    Wisconsin

International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)     Puerto Rico

Forest Service, National Headquarters      Washington D.C.

Forest Service, Job Corps Civilian Conservation Ctr (JCCC)       Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska,

                                                     North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin



Most periods of employment occur during the summer.  However, work schedules can vary.  A specific work and study schedule will be established at the time of employment.  Students must complete a minimum of 640 hours of career-related experience prior to or concurrently with the completion of the course requirements for their degree.  A physical exam, work capacity test, and driver’s license may be required for some student positions.



Within 120 days after completion of course requirements for a degree, students will be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent career-conditional appointment at the GS-5 or GS-7 level (Bachelor’s Degree); GS-9 (Masters Degree); or GS-11 (Doctorate Degree) upon completion of the program as is outlined in the agreement which will be signed by the Forest Service, student, and university or college.  Students converted at the lower grades are eligible for advancement through progressive promotions to the GS-9 level contingent upon satisfactory performance.  Research scientists may be promoted based on a periodic peer review of their scientific accomplishments.  Students must be a U. S. citizen at the time of conversion to a permanent (career-conditional) appointment.  Students who successfully complete work and study requirements are eligible for permanent positions with the Forest Service.



Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal.  This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard.  Also, individuals may be entitled to veterans’ preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran.  You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim



Complete and submit the following documents via email, fax or surface mail.  The forms may be obtained at website or from the address listed under “Where to Send”:


1.      Optional Form 612, (Application for Federal Employment) or Resume.  Resumes must include the following information (in addition to specific information requested elsewhere in this recruitment bulletin): recruitment bulletin number:  SCEP 2004, veteran’s preference, and social security number.  Applicants should include all work experience (with start and end dates), education, training, self-development, awards, commendations, outside activities, or other information relevant to the bulletin.

2.      Student Career Supplemental Information Sheet

3.      Copy of college transcript(s) (official or unofficial)

4.      Copy of DD-214, Report of Separation from Active duty, must be received with your application package if you are claming veteran’s preference and must show an honorable discharge.  Additional documentation may be required. 

5.      SF-15, Claim for 10-Point Veteran, as well as proof required on the form, if you are claiming compensable disability preference.



WHERE TO SEND:  A separate, complete application package for EACH geographic location of interest must be sent (example:  If you are applying for three locations, complete three applications and specify the location for each.).  Submit applications via email, fax, or surface mail to: 


USDA Forest Service

Federal Building                                                              -OR-

Attn:  Human Resources, SCEP-2004                          E-mail:

324 25th Street                                                                SUBJECT:  SCEP 2004

Ogden, UT  84401



Fax:  801-625-5651                                                       Reasonable Accommodation: Contact:  Janet Cheney, 208-737-3220.

Subject:  SCEP 2004


For additional information about job opportunities in these locations, please use the following contact list:

(Do not mail applications to these addresses.  Please use the address listed above.)



Region 1, Northern Region                                       

Federal Building

200 East Broadway                          

P.O. Box 7669                                  

Missoula, MT   59807-7669

Contact: Jane Haker


Phone:  406-329-3194     

Fax:  406-329-3320 

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Debby Wivholm

Phone:  406-329-3508


Region 2, Rocky Mtn Region

740 Simms Street Golden, CO 80401                         

P. O. Box 25167

Lakewood, CO  80225

Contact:  Debbie Roybal


Phone:  303-275-5324     

Fax:  303-275-5670    

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Jerome Romero

Phone:  303-275-5340


Region 3, Southwest Region

333 Broadway Blvd SE

Contact:  Inez Dooley                      


Albuquerque, NM 87102                 

Phone:  505-842-3361     

Fax:  505-842-3819     

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Bea Harris 

Phone:  505-842-3422


Region 4, Intermountain Region

Federal Building

324 25th Street Ogden, UT  84401

Contact:  Valerie Del Rio                


Phone: 801-625-5299      

Fax:  801-625-5651                                       

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Janet Cheney               

Phone: 208-737-3220


Region 5, Pacific Southwest Region

1323 Club Drive

Vallejo, CA  94592

Contact:  Jodi Stewart


Phone: 707-562-8808

Fax:  707-562-9036

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Ron Toroni

Phone: 530-242-5551


Region 6, Pacific NW Region

P. O. Box 3623

Portland, OR  97208

Contact:  Leanne Shimada


Phone:  503-808-2635

Fax: 503-808-2610

Reasonable Accom. Contact: Leanne Shimada

Phone: 503-808-2635


Region 8, Southern Region

1000 Front Street

Oxford, MS 398655

Contact:  Mark Briscoe


Phone: 662-234-2744 x25

Fax:  662-234-8318

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Mark Briscoe

Phone: 662-234-2744 x25


Region 9, Eastern Region

626 East Wisconsin Ave Ste 800

Milwaukee, WI  53202

Contact:  Florence Pridgen


Phone: (414)-297-1069

Fax: (414) 944-3966

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Florence Pridgen

Phone: (414) 297-1069



Region 10, Alaska Region

Tongass National Forest

204 Siginaka Way

Sitka, AK  99835

Contact:  Julie Simpson


Phone:  907-747-4262

Fax:  907-747-4258

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Julie Simpson              

Phone:  907-747-4262


North Central Research Station

1992 Folwell Avenue

St. Paul, MN  55108

Contact:  Dawn Moser-Karstens


Phone:  651-649-5196

Fax:  651-649-5027

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Linda Kolodziej

Phone:  651-649-5023


Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry

Northeastern Research Station

11 Campus Boulevard, Suite 200

Newtown Square Corporate Campus

Newtown Square, PA  19073

Contact:  Victor Mercado               


Phone:  610-557-4036

Fax:  610-557-4095

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Victor Mercado

Phone:  610-557-4036


Pacific Northwest Research Station

10600 NE 51st Circle

Vancouver, WA  98682

Contact:  Deselyn King-Sanders


Phone:  360-891-5232

Fax: 360-891-5235

Reasonable Accom. Contact: Deselyn King-Sanders

Phone: 360-891-5232


Pacific Southwest Research Station

P. O. Box 245

Berkley, CA  94701

Contact:  Rochelle Selvin


Phone:  510-559-6362

Fax:  510-559-6352     

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Rochelle Selvin

Phone: 510-559-6362









Southern Research Station          

200 Weaver Blvd

P.O. Box 2680

Asheville, NC 28804

Contact:  Richard Quick


Phone: 828-259-0523

Fax: 828-259-0539

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Frances Austin

Phone:  828-257-4887


Rocky Mountain Research Station

240 West Prospect

Ft. Collins, CO  80526

Contact:  Laura Bemis


Phone:  970-498-1193

Fax:  970-498-1163

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Laura Bemis

Phone:  970-498-1193
International Institute of

Tropical Forestry

P. O. Box 25000

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00928-5000.

Contact:  Tito Santiago


Phone: 787-766-5335 x130

Fax:  787-766-6259

Reasonable Accom Contact:  Tito Santiago

Phone:  787-766-5335 x130


Forest Products Laboratory

One Gifford Pinchot Drive

Madison, WI  53726

Contact:  Lee Norton


Phone:  608-231-9268

Fax:  608-231-9588

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Sue Austin

Phone:  608-231-9279








USDA, Forest Service

National Headquarters

Attn: Human Resources

1621 N. Kent Street, Ste 900RPE

Arlington, VA      22209-2131

Contact:  Customer Service


Phone:  703-605-0816

Fax:  703-605-5292   

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Customer Service

Phone:  703-605-0816


USDA, Forest Service

Job Corps Civilian Conservation

740 Simms Street             

Golden, CO 80401                           

P. O. Box 25167

Lakewood, CO  80225

Contact:  Michael Parks


Phone:  303-275-5331

Fax:  303-275-5670  

Reasonable Accom. Contact:  Michael Parks

Phone: 303-275-5331

Your application package must be postmarked on or before November 14, 2003.


Students may periodically check with the career/placement center, student services, or counseling office to determine if a Forest Service recruiter is scheduled to be on campus prior to the closing date of this bulletin.


Applicants with disabilities will receive consideration for reasonable accommodations in the hiring process for any physical, mental, or emotional impairment.  Applicants should submit requests for reasonable accommodation with their job applications and provide supporting medical documentation.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).


To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice or TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.