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US Forest Service Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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US Forest Service Chief Thomas L. Tidwell
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Pros
  • Love getting to work outside, on the ground, making a difference (in 14 reviews)

  • Great scenery, working outdoors, seeing wildlife, paid time off if you earn it, laid back environment, friendly crew (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to move up in the organization without moving geographically (in 5 reviews)

  • Full time fire guys sit around and do nothing 8 months out of the year while timber guys bust their hump year round (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Wildland Firefighter"

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    Former Employee - Wildland Firefighter in Cloudcroft, NM
    Former Employee - Wildland Firefighter in Cloudcroft, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best experiences of my life.

    Cons

    Not much freedom during fire season.


  2. "Seasonal Wildlife tech (Northern Spotted owls)"

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Wildlife Technician in Leavenworth, WA
    Current Employee - Seasonal Wildlife Technician in Leavenworth, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great scenery, working outdoors, seeing wildlife, paid time off if you earn it, laid back environment, friendly crew.

    Cons

    The work can get tedious, the hiking can be VERY strenuous at times, working at night, sometimes the start time each day isn't decided until an hour before.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees know when they will start the day before, not one hour before.

  3. "GS5 Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grande, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Grande, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working outdoors was a plus and I had good people to work with. Gained useful skills and knowledge. Got to see some amazing country.

    Cons

    Upward mobility was difficult and could take several years. There was, of course, also much inefficiency and beuracracy, which is typical with government agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Privatize :)


  4. "human resource assistant"

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at US Forest Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good hard working people there

    Cons

    micro management from leadership needs to change

    Advice to Management

    listen to your people who do the grunt work sometimes


  5. "USFS Current Review"

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Specialist in Juneau, AK
    Current Employee - Information Systems Specialist in Juneau, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Forest Service full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, flexible hours, virtual teamwork, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Not being compensated fairly. Most of my peers and newly hired personnel are coming in at GS-12 and are clearly not as capable at doing the job as myself. For that reason, investigating other options.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a fair market value for personnel who solve difficult, technical issues that affect productivity of data centers.


  6. "Wilderness Ranger"

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    Former Employee - Wildernes Ranger in Petersburg, WV
    Former Employee - Wildernes Ranger in Petersburg, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great opportunity.

    Cons

    If you do not like the outdoors you would not like this job


  7. "Great if you are into the outdoors"

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    Former Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Susanville, CA
    Former Employee - Hydrologic Technician in Susanville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great hours, good benefits, a lot of outdoor time

    Cons

    Hard to find full-time non-contract employment

  8. "Seasonal Tech"

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    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Fawnskin, CA
    Current Employee - Biological Science Technician in Fawnskin, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medical benefits start right away, my supervisor was amazing & i know the other ones in the same district were all well liked by their techs. A lot of project diversity throughout the season and opportunity to expand your experiences.

    Cons

    Limited seasonal Tech housing, work length uncertain due to wavering federal budget. Vague job description when you apply. Long wait time from application to start date. Typically over 2 months.

    Advice to Management

    When you fly the position, include better project descriptions instead of just "data collection".


  9. Helpful (2)

    "GIS Specialist/Natural Resources Field Technician"

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    Former Employee - GIS Specialist/Natural Resources Technician GS-5 in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - GIS Specialist/Natural Resources Technician GS-5 in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, 4/10 or 5/8 schedule M-Th or M-F, field work whenever I wanted some fresh air, interesting and engaging work from forest health surveys in the field to endangered species management using remote sensing, and creating wildfire asset management mapping applications to building resource management geodatabases to track changes over decades. Great supervisors and engaging District Ranger who took time to work with and listen to concerns of EVERY employee, temporary or permanent, part-time or full. Every department and crew worked together to solve complex challenges and meet management goals each season.

    Cons

    Employment may be dependent upon budget constraints/cuts. Wish I was still there.....

    Advice to Management

    Support and help best temps from each year to gain permanent positions within the agency, or help them transfer to other agencies.


  10. "forest tech hot shot crew"

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    Former Employee - Forestry Technician in Corbin, KY
    Former Employee - Forestry Technician in Corbin, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent agency need better fire control

    Cons

    I don't have at this time overall cons were not available

    Advice to Management

    hired me back . was a employee with usfs and the dept army GS-5 went to active duty desert storm/shield . willing to relocate NOW


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