US Forest Service

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at US Forest Service

Pros

Good money and its fun

Cons

Hard labor work and you don't get a summer

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    If you find the military isn't militaristic enough for you, try the Green Machine

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firefighter
    Current Employee - Firefighter

    I have been working at US Forest Service

    Pros

    If you work outside of Region 5 (California), many permanent Fire positions, are "subject-to-furlough" -- provided you had a halfway decent fire season, this means you get about 4 months of "vacation" time from the FS to do whatever -- travel, relax, have another job and another life outside the FS.
    If you work in Region 5 ... there's really no compelling reason to pursue employment with the FS vice CalFire or a local gov department, unless you enjoy an excess of physical, mental, and emotional stress, a "let's make a hard job harder" mentality, and are generally masochistic in the extreme.

    Cons

    The Forest Service was recently rated among the very bottom of "places to work in the Federal Government", and for good reason. Pay vs cost of living (especially in CA) puts the average (non-hotshot) Fire worker at barely above the poverty line.
    Work-life balance is a prime consideration for supervisors -- namely that you work literally until you drop, and have no life. Reasonable requests for accomodation for family care considerations, like ill/disabled children or adults, are very haphazard in implementation, if not outright rejected (and outright rejection is more often the case).
    Bringing concerns to management accomplishes no visible change, and while managers at the Washington Office level send out "anonymous surveys" to ascertain 'what we can do better", again no visible change is noticed in the agency or its attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking.
    You talk about "safety", about "empowered employees", and "active leadership", about how "people are the most important asset to the agency".
    Stop talking about it, and start DOING it.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    USDA Forest Service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Forest Service

    Pros

    A fair and safe working environment.
    Good opportunity for growth and advancement.
    Provide training for any work that you may need help learning.
    Overall a very good place to work, with fair pay/benefits.

    Cons

    The job can be hindered by the large Government budget swings.
    Often do not use all resources to full potential.
    Not easy to secure a permanent job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be sure to reward your good workers and help those less skilled to reach their potential.
    Don't lose sight of the fact that you are public servants, National Forests belong to all.

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