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U.S. Forest Service

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

Employee Profiles


The best way to learn if a career is right for you is to hear it from the people who already work there. Meet some of the employees from the U.S. Froest Service who tell their experience.

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Stephanie Love, District Silviculturist

In a typical day, I review and recommend plans for timber management programs. Sometimes, I do more administrative work, like managing budgets and databases. I also prepare environmental assessment reports to ensure legal compliance.

Eini Lowell, Research Forest Products Technologist

I’ve worked at Forest Service Research in Portland for the last 16 years. I knew that I wanted to work on this team, with people from a variety of disciplines. I love that my work is practical and actually matters. And after all these years, I’m still not bored.

Nick Spang, Natural Resource Specialist

I currently work on program and budget analysis in the Forest Service’s Washington office. I help formulate the agency’s budget and submit budget requests to the Department of Agriculture and Congress. On a day-to-day basis, I track the progress of long-term projects and work with different staffs to complete action items. I also get the added perk of getting to travel for various projects.

Alejandro A. Royo, Research Ecologist

The Forest Service recruited me as part of their Scientist Recruitment Initiative while I was still in graduate school. I had two options. I could let the Forest Service finance the rest of my doctoral research and transition to a well-paid, fun job with great colleagues and benefits. Or I could scrape together funding to complete my research and enter a highly competitive job market much later. The choice was obvious.

Stephanie Steele, Wildlife Biologist

I thoroughly enjoy working for this agency. I love what I do every day, but working for the Forest Service has other great benefits, like job security and travel. I always encourage people to consider a career here. Just go for it.

Paulette Ford, Research Ecologist

After first being hired as a temporary employee, I was recruited for the Forest Service’s Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). The Forest Service offered me the opportunity to earn my Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resource Studies. I was hired as a permanent scientist when I graduated.

Marcus Warwell, Geneticist

I’ll tell you a secret. I didn’t want a career in natural resources. I was actually leaning towards a career in the military. It was my positive experience as a student research assistant for the Forest Service that made me change my mind about natural resource management. I really recommend taking advantage of school and summer programs. They’re a great way to gain experience and make contacts within the Forest Service.

Ernest J. Wiltsie Jr., Supervisory Forestry Technician (research)

I knew that I wanted to work for the Forest Service when I was 10 years old. A neighbor told me I would never get a Forest Service job, so I went to work in a factory instead. I never forgot what he said. At the age of 32, I was given the opportunity to attend forestry school in Ohio. With the support of my wife and two kids, I left them in Pennsylvania to study for two years. It was the toughest two years of my life, but I earned a degree, and I proved that neighbor wrong.

Yewah Lau, Forest National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator

I am constantly amazed at the expertise and dedication of my co-workers. Even when people disagree on policy decisions, their passion for their work and for the agency’s role in managing National Forest lands always shows. I have also been fortunate enough to have wonderful mentors in the Forest Service.

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