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USDA Forest Service

Forestry Technician

May - August 2019 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

The people, the work, learning new skills, being part of a crew, being in the mountains every day.

What I wish was different

I wish I lived closer so I could take more overtime opportunities to learn and grow doing work that was different from the normal. Many overtime opportunities involved helping other parts of the forest service, such as recreation, whereas my area was trails and wilderness.

Advice

Be prepared to work hard and learn a lot, but know that there are people willing to teach you and answer any questions you have. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions or double check practices/standards even if you think you know them. Supervisors will appreciate your willingness to learn what's needed to do the job right.
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Forestry Technician

May - August 2019 • Springerville, AZ

What I liked

Great location and very good group of coworkers.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked there longer.

Advice

Need to be in shape for this job.
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Forestry Technician

May - August 2019 • Tijeras, NM

What I liked

Surveying and building trails, daily projects that took us into the field, getting to know crewmates who had additional experience in the FS

What I wish was different

Looking for postings closer to home until I finish school.

Advice

Use opportunities for on the job training, everything from wilderness first aid to defensive driving to chainsaw work
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Recreation Technician

June - August 2019 • Laona, WI

What I liked

I learned many new skills and found my possible career! I learned how to manage and tend campgrounds, run chainsaws, talk to the public better, and learned how to quickly adapt to new issues at a split second.

What I wish was different

Wish I would have gotten more independent work, I wasn't on my own very much, but I would have liked to have taken more control.

Advice

It was an eyeopening experience, and I didn't think I would enjoy it in the beginning. I quickly learned to love the position and those I worked with.
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Forestry Aide

June - August 2019 • Cle Elum, WA

What I liked

I loved being part of a great team serving my community and the forest around us.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to stay on longer and experience working in the Forest Service at other times during the year.

Advice

Apply to places further from home and outside of your comfort zone, even if you decide not to go with one, the options may surprise you.
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Forestry Aide

May - August 2019 • Flagstaff, AZ

What I liked

The new experience of fighting Wildland fires, being outdoors, and the teamwork involved.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Forestry fire aid

June - August 2019 • Walla Walla, WA

What I liked

The people and the experiences!

What I wish was different

i wish i could have stayed longer

Advice

Call your employer, follow up with applications !
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Forestry Aide

May - August 2019 • Ephraim, UT

What I liked

Friendly, hard working co-workers

What I wish was different

The supervisors were great people, but sometimes wouldn't take feedback from the seasonal employees seriously.

Advice

Get in semi-decent shape before starting.
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Forest Conservation Technician

May 2019 • Ephraim, UT

What I liked

It was outdoors in the mountains.

What I wish was different

Nothing. Loved it!

Advice

Be ready to take initiative and work hard
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Wildlife Technician

May - August 2019 • Prather, CA

What I liked

Gaining important knowledge in field techniques, terrestrial wildlife surveys, and communicating results to higher level biologists. I was able to finesse certain skills and learn lots of new skills that will help me as an aspiring wildlife biologist.

What I wish was different

I wish that the season was longer!!

Advice

Don’t be afraid to apply for a job that you may not feel “as qualified” for, the worst that will happen is a “thanks, but we went with someone else”. Try something new, there are so many cool opportunities with the private and public work sectors.
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Wildland Firefighter

May - August 2019 • Seeley Lake, MT

What I liked

Understanding and being trained in the various skills and topics that are covered in wildland firefighting.

What I wish was different

More time to experience the various aspects of firefighting across the different seasons.

Advice

Be open to learning and receiving feedback by asking a lot of questions and practice.
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Forester

May - August 2019 • Cascade, ID

What I liked

Always love the opportunity to work outside, and working on a timber crew gets you in the forest every day of the week. The 4-day a week schedule is also great for weekend travel.

What I wish was different

There’s a bit of turnover going on at Boise National Forest this year and it made the projects seem less planned out than they could be.

Advice

Get on USAjobs starting in early October to get the prime choice of seasonal positions.
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Public Affairs Intern

May - August 2019 • Delta, CO

What I liked

Always willing to help, very opening to asking questions, allowed me to explore other resources outside of my designated internship.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask questions, especially when it comes to speaking with the public and you want to be 100% sure on what you are about to say.
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Wildlife Technician Intern

May - August 2019 • Fredonia, AZ

What I liked

I loved hiking every day.

What I wish was different

I wish the top supervisor would have been a little less lax.

Advice

Internships are fantastic!!
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Recreation Technician

June - September 2019 • Chiloquin, OR

What I liked

I worked at Miller Lake in Chemult and enjoyed the campground, and hiking. I also provided public assistance at third Thursdays and assisted with other activities at Klamath and lake county fairs which was fun.

What I wish was different

My only wish would to have more opportunities to spend time with other specialists.

Advice

I thoroughly enjoyed all the time I got to spend outdoors.
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Recreation Technician

May - August 2019 • Neihart, MT

What I liked

I loved the people I worked with. In the Forest Service, everyone is family!

What I wish was different

I wish I had found the job closer to home.

Advice

Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. A good way to get your foot in the door with the federal government is to travel around. And never settle. Go with your gut and get that job!
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Wildland Firefighter

June 2018 • Libby, MT

What I liked

I loved being out in the forest and working with a great group of people to fight fires and keep everyone safe.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time, it always feels like the season goes by so fast.

Advice

Anyone can sign up to become a firefighter. There was an equal amount of men and women on our crew that all worked to earn their spots.
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Wilderness Ranger Intern

May - August 2018 • Bend, OR

What I liked

I was able to make my own choices throughout the season. I felt like a part of the team and not just an intern. I made really good connections as well.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been giving living arrangements and that I had had the ability to earn a Red Card.

Advice

Don't let your schedule define the internship. Make an effort to work extra days or change days to go out on hitches with the Rangers. Don't just be a trailhead steward.
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Wildlife Technician

May - August 2018 • Belt, MT

What I liked

The experience of a completely new forest structure and ecology. My supervisors were extremely educational and made sure my knowledge was enhanced. The hands on learning that correlated with my academic background was second to none and essential for my educational growth.

What I wish was different

More diversity in wildlife work experience.

Advice

Review the use of a dichotomous key and plant identification.
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forest service trail crew intern

May - August 2018 • Evanston, WY

What I liked

I loved the experience that I got from this job. I got to learn more about what people do to run our forests and gained more curiosity about natural resources.

What I wish was different

nothing.

Advice

Start looking earlier than later for summer internships like this.
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