USDA Forest Service

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Good job

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Former Employee - Forester in Missoula, MT
Former Employee - Forester in Missoula, MT

I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Secure, good pay and benefits, many professional opportunities.

Cons

So many policies and proceeders. Budget uncertainty. Move to promote.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bring your experience to the table

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Prescott, AZ
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Prescott, AZ

    I have been working at USDA Forest Service full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work 50/50 independently and as a team, get to push 4WD trucks to their limits, work outdoors in some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Bring your experience, because it's expected. Theory, soldering, integration, installation, organization are required day 1. I say that is a pro because we work with folks that know their profession well and that is a good change of pace.

    Cons

    Information sharing is null thus everything seems short fused. Promotion with all federal jobs is very slow. Other than that everyone tells me I am lucky to have this job, and I wholly agree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Round table everything... Please. Not like 4 hour one way teleconferences.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great agency a generation or two ago - buyer beware

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    Former Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Manager in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at USDA Forest Service full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    working outdoors, great locations for supervisor offices and ranger districts, promoting and preserving public lands. great worklife balance with benefits like maxi-flex schedules, wellness leave etc. Ground level "worker bee" employees are great and very versed in their respective fields

    Cons

    agency has been hijacked by environmentalists and shies away from its multi-use mission, safety and other related compliance functions are given lip service at best and are definitely not embraced or respected facets of corporate culture. line officers are absolute final authorities and all that matters. Overall the agency is very fractured with minimal national standardization. Favoritism runs wild and promotions/grades are very low compared to equal work at other non-land mgt/natural resource federal agencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    standardize operations, enforce and embrace a culture of safety. align grades to be equal to other federal agencies. USFS is on average 1 or 2 grades below most other agencies for the same type of work and complexity. hold poor forests and ranger district officers accountable.

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