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USDA Forest Service

Wildland Firefighter

May - August 2018 • Logan, UT

What I liked

Great people! Awesome experiences.... Best job in the world!

What I wish was different

More money....

Advice

Be prepared to work EXTREEMLY hard and be gone for long hours
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Forest Firefighter

May - August 2018 • Duchesne, UT

What I liked

The experience and the self accomplishment.

What I wish was different

School was after fire season.

Advice

Get in shape.
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Archaeology Assistant

May - July 2018 • London, KY

What I liked

I had the ability to apply a lot of what I learned in class to field work. My supervisor was amazing and ready to answer any questions I had for her.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Customer Service Representative

May - September 2018 • Stanley, ID

What I liked

Great experience, great people, great place!

What I wish was different

Overall it was a pretty ideal setup.

Advice

Get out and explore and share your experiences. Connect with people.
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Public Affairs Intern

May - August 2018 • Williams, AZ

What I liked

The variety of outdoor experiences.

What I wish was different

Job was good, but hard to do with any summer classes.

Advice

Don't be afraid to try new things and admit when you don't know how to do something! But definitely take an opportunity to work with public lands/natural resources.
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Wildland Firefighter

April - August 2018 • Orleans, CA

What I liked

I like the challenge of being able to work under extreme conditions. Being able to maintain composure under continously stress is a valuable skill and something I was able to practice over the summer.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gone to more fires.

Advice

Always be accountable for everything such as being on time to committing yourself mentally and physically to the day's work. As a firefighter you do not have a clue how long or how hard that day's work will be so preparing yourself to be able to do the worst job with the best attitude is an assest.
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Pathways Intern Forestry Technician

May 2018 • Boulder, CO

What I liked

Seeing a different state

What I wish was different

Wish it had been a biological technician job, instead of forestry

Advice

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Range Management

May 2018 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

It showed me what I would expect in this field.

What I wish was different

I wish I would of took advantage of my time with people in my field by ask more questions.

Advice

Take in everything and do thing you wouldn’t normal try.
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Hydrology Intern

June - September 2017 • Bishop, CA

What I liked

The ability to work outside and learn hands on the various aspects of the job. The job consisted of various skill development in using peripheral equiptment to measure and survey the various recreational areas used by the public park users.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I was hoping for a permanent job offer, but that was just not possible at the time.

Advice

Networking and making connections with everyone you come into contact with. Letting them know you are interested and motivated to work in their industry.
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Park Ranger

May 2018 • Millcreek, UT

What I liked

I got to build good friendships in my field of study as well as get amazing hands on experience

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time and was able to get more certifications

Advice

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with the right mindset you can do more than you ever thought you are capable of
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Timber technician

May - August 2018 • Laketown, UT

What I liked

I enjoyed the educational aspect and also that this job was outdoors all the time

What I wish was different

More teaching

Advice

I advise every forest student that wants to be a forester to try this job, it is an eye opener.
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Wildland Firefighter

June - September 2018 • Entiat, WA

What I liked

I liked how everyday is different and I got to see some amazing new places. Also had some really awesome coworkers.

What I wish was different

Would have been busier. With this job it isn't guaranteed that you will be busy working the whole time.

Advice

Get in shape, its an extremely demanding physical job.
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Biological Field Technician

May - August 2017 • Girdwood, AK

What I liked

The people I worked with, the local people, the town of Girdwood, and the environmental surroundings. Absolutely beautiful.

What I wish was different

Single room would have been nice, but that's asking for a lot.

Advice

Bring lots of rain-gear and warm clothes.
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Forestry Technician

May - August 2018 • Sheridan, WY

What I liked

More experience. I got on a wildfire assignment

What I wish was different

More training and lead into pernament

Advice

Great gig for college students
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Biological Technician Intern

June - August 2018 • Winthrop, WA

What I liked

My internship has opened up a new lifestyle for me. I grew up in big cities, while my internship requires me to be in the wilderness hiking all the time. I also enjoyed being able to be exposed to a variety of experiences that gave me the big picture instead of focusing on one area. I primarily worked with the wildlife department, but I was also involved in other departments and shadowed various people of different roles. Above all, I discovered my love for art from my biology internship. My summer experience helped me to make the decision of declaring studio art as my second major.

What I wish was different

Because I am a F-1 visa student, I need to have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in order to work off-campus in the U.S., and Wheaton requires the work to be credited, so I need to pay extra tuition of two credits to Wheaton to do my internship. I wish the registrar office could authorize international students to use CPT without enrollment in credited courses.

Advice

An internship is a great way to explore your career options and discover your callings. Even if you hated your internship, at least you now know what you don't want to do. So I encourage you to do any internship.
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Botanist

May - August 2018 • Ketchikan, AK

What I liked

I had a lot of independence. I was able to come up with projects for myself and see them through. I also got to work closely with the community. Top perk though was flying all over the Misty Fjords in float planes!

What I wish was different

The rules at the bunkhouse were too strict.

Advice

Don't wait to be told what to do! Come up with projects and see them through without having to be asked.
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Student intern

July - August 2018 • Walden, CO

What I liked

The actual job was great, I mostly did trail maintenance so I spent the majority of my days hiking out doors.

What I wish was different

I had the opportunity to work with other departments in the forest service, I wish I could have done more of that.

Advice

Try to get your foot in the door any way you can when working for the forest service
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Forestry Technician

May - August 2018 • Trout Creek, MI

What I liked

Worked outside in my career field.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Working outside is great, even when it’s not. Appreciate it.
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