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US Forest Service Reviews

Updated October 30, 2018
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US Forest Service Chief Thomas L. Tidwell
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  • "Also hard to move up without a lot of time put in" (in 6 reviews)

  • "30K/year if they get a few good off forest assignments, and a full time "permanent" gets about half again that (" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Helitack"

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    Former Employee - Wildland Firefighter in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Wildland Firefighter in Rapid City, SD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Forest Service (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flying almost everyday. Seeing and landing places most people will never step foot on. Variety of missions.

    Cons

    Waiting and monotonous training between fires. Seasonal work only.


  2. "park ranger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bishop, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bishop, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lived in a pretty place

    Cons

    I was hired from across the country (VT - CA), at the end of a season and was told that I would be kept on for my full 1039. I worked 8 weeks, and without reason was laid off because of funding - so with out a job, and being kicked out of govt, housing. The Inyo national forest is the most unprofessional work place I've ever worked it. Information that was supposedly confidential was not, the supervisors are friends with each other, so you cannot talk to anyone in HR other than out in New Mexico. All together this experience wasted my time and money, and gave no concern to all that I left back home.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Learn to communicate, and don't make promises to employees that can heavily affect their lives.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It is a shame"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most fulfilling job I have ever had!

    Cons

    Too stupid to keep dedicated, hard working people. They are more concerned with checking a box than keeping quality.

    Advice to Management

    Realize who considers it an honor to work here from the ones who are simply earning a paycheck and checking a box.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Forest Service part-time

    Pros

    Very friendly and accommodating staff

    Cons

    Sometimes communication was lost through bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    More frequent communication to different departments


  5. "Job Corps"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    US Forest Service is not bad to work for.

    Cons

    Do not take an assignment at a Job Corps center.

    Advice to Management

    Shut down the Job Corps centers. They are not operated correctly and wasting tax payers money.


  6. "OHV FPO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Able to work in the woods

    Cons

    Always wearing multiple hats for the job

    Advice to Management

    Optimize crews for better productivity and work community


  7. "Forestry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working outside and laid back culture.

    Cons

    Low pay and 8 months of work a year.

  8. "Summer Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    The people here are dedicated to the agency's purpose.

    Cons

    Wish there was more employee development.


  9. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time

    Pros

    Telework options, stability, and helpful coworkers

    Cons

    No clear path to promotions, boring work, and sedentary work environment


  10. "Go elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Oregon City, OR
    Current Employee - Pilot in Oregon City, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Forest Service (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kind of fun. But more pain then it’s worth

    Cons

    Schedule is bad Management does not support you

    Advice to Management

    Atleast try. Or make it look like your trying to keep us here and not intentionally running all of us off


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