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USDA Forest Service

Forest Technician

May - August 2018 • Duchesne, UT

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to work outside everyday. Working with the government has a lot of great benefits.

What I wish was different

For a seasonal job it was exactly what I was looking for.

Advice

The job can be very difficult at times but it is still the best summer job I have ever had.
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Forestry Technician

May - September 2018 • Hebo, OR

What I liked

Freedom to make your own decisions and manage your time.

What I wish was different

Did not enjoy being stung by hornets on a daily basis. The forest is filled with them.

Advice

You will need prior forestry or natural resources experience to rate as a GS 5.
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Biological Technician

May 2018 • Ketchum, ID

What I liked

I got to be outdoors working to restore areas affected by fire

What I wish was different

more opportunity to plant and reseed fire areas

Advice

Do research into these jobs call and ask people at locations your are looking to apply for they will help find a fit for you and guide you so you take the proper course while in college.
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Visitor Services

May - August 2018 • Pollock Pines, CA

What I liked

Loved the location and the people I met. Really enjoyed the experience, and learning about the structure of the forest service.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more hands on time with my supervisor.

Advice

Don't be afraid if you're out of your comfort zone, that's where you learn the most!
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Forestry Aide

May - September 2018 • Lakeview, OR

What I liked

It was an excellent job. In fire suppression you work to protect life, property, and the wild lands of this country. Even when you are not fighting fires you are working out side and helping other forest service departments.

What I wish was different

The primary thing Iwanted to be different was some of the machismo culture.

Advice

Be ready to work hard physically and mentally.
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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Cedar City, UT

What I liked

It was a great environment to work in, gained so much valuable experience.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Forestry Technician

May - August 2018 • Neihart, MT

What I liked

Getting out into the workforce in a new location, understanding the agency better, and spending all day every day in a remote forest running chainsaws.

What I wish was different

I would have like to have been paid better. Some crew members were hard to deal with. And I wish the experience allowed for opportunities more relevant toward my degree/career path.

Advice

Get on USAjobs early and dress up your resume real Nice, be flexible and willing to work with many different people. Understand the positions you are applying for.
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Recreation Technician

May - August 2018 • Avery, ID

What I liked

Gaining contacts in the forest service

What I wish was different

More opportunity to explore other career pathways

Advice

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Range Scientist

May - August 2018 • Ephraim, UT

What I liked

Good way to get to know a little more about my internship.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had a little more diversity in what I did.

Advice

Always stay positive and work hard and everything will work itself out.
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Recreation technician

May - August 2018 • Rifle, CO

What I liked

This experience led me to find the career I want to spend my life doing. It was an amazing experience that has changed my life.

What I wish was different

I wish my internship would have lasted longer. There is so much more I could have done if I could have participated for two summers instead of one.

Advice

Be prepared for physical labor.
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Business Intern

May - August 2018 • Grand Junction, CO

What I liked

The people from the forest service Grand Junction office were all helpful, kind and hardworking, which made my experience incredibly educational and provided me an opportunity to learn what the agency is all about.

What I wish was different

I had a really good experience and no complaints.

Advice

Be ready to work and learn to communicate with everyone around you. Try to understand what everyone does and ask as many questions as you can come up with!
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Wildland Firefighter

May - August 2018 • Springerville, AZ

What I liked

A sense of purpose, and many translatable skills gained.

What I wish was different

More training opportunities (can there ever be enough?)

Advice

Keep a good attitude and you will do well.
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Forestry Aide

May - August 2018 • Ephraim, UT

What I liked

My boss Justin Bradley, the Timber Sale Administrator, was the easiest boss to work for I have ever had. It made me want to work even harder and produce results in our timber work.

What I wish was different

This summer was amazing. The last two weeks everyone was getting on each other's nerves a lot more, but that is pretty normal after a whole summer together.

Advice

I would recommend the Forest Service to anyone. It is a solid summer job that pays very well. I plan to pursue a career in either the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife, Wyoming Game and Fish, or continue on to earn my PhD in Forestry, Range, Natural Resources or Environmental Studies and conduct research for these agencies.
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Assistant Timber Crew Leader

June - September 2018 • Randolph, UT

What I liked

I liked working outdoors with students that I already knew. Knowing the applied silvicultural method was based off of Jim Long's research showed me there is collaboration between the university and federal agencies.

What I wish was different

I would like a bit more structure in our daily duties and preparedness for the seasonal workers. Better communication between the crew lead and myself (assistant crew lead) would make our day more efficient and beneficial to everyone.

Advice

Pay attention in all your courses relating to forestry, especially land navigation, GPS, measurements, and plant I.D. Get in shape before you start your summer job. Network with as many professionals as possible and ask questions.
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Recreation Intern

May - July 2018 • Fairplay, CO

What I liked

Getting to spend most of the summer outdoors, learning from very experienced individuals.

What I wish was different

The scheduling from day to day was different. I enjoy more of a consistent plan.

Advice

It was one that changed me. It took me out of my comfort zone. I would recommend others take a chance and apply for something that would challenge you.
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Fire Dispatcher

May - August 2018 • Lakeview, OR

What I liked

I enjoyed my job when there were multiple fires for me to handle or tasks for me to take care of.

What I wish was different

It was slow at times making it hard to stay focused on positive things.

Advice

Be ready to learn and have a lot of fun while doing it. There is a lot of pressure in this job and a lot of high pressure situations, but that is the fun of it.
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Wildland Fire

June - September 2018 • Leavenworth, WA

What I liked

I enjoyed working hard for long periods of time next to mentally strong individuals. It motivated me and evolved my ovearll approach to life in general.

What I wish was different

I wish my coworkers and I would have traveled to other states to fight fire. In my previous years working for the Forest Service I have traveled to Arizona, Montana, and Idaho. This year Washington state had a very busy fire season, thus our crew was told to remain in state.

Advice

Apply to be a wildland firefighter, it is the perfect summer job for college students. They work well with one's schedule, the job provides financially, the experiences are unforgettable, and it makes for one crazy/fun summer unlike any other.
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Rangeland intern

May - August 2018 • Logan, UT

What I liked

I was outdoors and got to see so much of the forest land in both cache and Ogden districts. Plus I learned a lot about the major I’m going into.

What I wish was different

The things we did that day were pretty unpredictable and it’s just me but I do like to know what I’m doing for the week a little ina svante.

Advice

Stick with it, prove to them you know how to work hard.
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Sierra Nevada Carnivore Monitoring Intern

May - August 2018 • Shaver Lake, CA

What I liked

The work and terrain were challenging but the views made it all worth it. The crew was comprised of a bunch of amazing, brilliant, excited wildlife technicians always willing to share their passion.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to stay longer.

Advice

I would advise any potential candidates to expect a lot of difficult, off-trail hiking. The first two weeks or so are very strenuous as you're whipped into shape and acclimated to the altitude.
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Forestry Technician

June - August 2018 • Hayfork, CA

What I liked

Being out in the woods and staffing fire engines at peak fire season.

What I wish was different

Stayed longer and gotten more firefighting experience.

Advice

Do it. Branch out.
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