Forest Service Career Cards

This card set highlights many different Forest Service employees and their varying careers. Each card provides information about the employee, their favorite parts of their job, the challenges they have overcome, and more. For more information about the different pathways into a Forest Service Career, check out our Forest Service Careers page!

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Introduction and Scavenger Hunt

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 Amanda Hardman, Nonvascular Botanist

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  • M.S., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A nonvascular botanist focuses on the identification, biology, and ecology of bryophytes (a group of nonflowering plants that includes mosses) and lichens. 

 

 Arian Randall, Deputy Forest Archaeologist

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  • M.S., St. Cloud State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As an archaeologist, I study the lives of past humans by analyzing the material remains they left behind, like artifacts, structures, and art. 

 

Bec Veerman, Partnership Liaison

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  • B.S., Arizona State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A partnership liaison builds relationships with individuals, organizations, agencies, and private groups. They work with the communities, partners, and volunteers to get people involved with the Forest Service and reconnect them to their public lands. 

 

Christina Mead, Botanist and Invasive Species Coordinator

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  • B.S., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As a botanist, I focus on the identification and management of native plants and their communities as well as management of invasive species to protect habitat.

 

 Don Hughes, Customer Service Representative

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  • B.S., B.A., Eastern Michigan University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I am the face of the Forest Service, the front line for public interaction with the agency. 

 

Ellie Fitzpatrick, Wilderness Ranger, Conservation Educator

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  • B.S., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service
  • My work involves working outside, wilderness character monitoring, using horses and mules for wilderness work, providing information to people who recreate, and organizing outdoor education activities within local communities. 

 

Emily Platt, Forest Supervisor

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  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Forest supervisors are "line officers" responsible for everything that occurs in a national forest. I have the honor of guiding forest management on an incredible national forest landscape for a range of issues from vegetation and wildfire management to recreation and roads. 

 

Grace Bombulum, Geologist

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  • M.S., University of Missouri
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Geologists interpret landscapes, rocks, and mineralization of an area. Geologists find out how and why certain rocks and minerals are located on the Earth at specific locations. Forest Service geologists assess plans from mines, calculate bonds, inspect mining operations, go caving, and so much more! 

 

Jamie Klebanski, Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist (SNRS) - Recreation

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  • M.S., Duquesne University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • An SNRS-Recreation leads a team of resource professionals who maintain and protect recreational opportunities on national forests. Some examples include trails, campgrounds, and day use areas. 

 

Jennifer Frazer, Web-Based Geospatial Information Specialist Coordinator

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  • B.S., Unity College
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As a WebGIS coordinator, I aid others on 10 different forests and grasslands to use technology better to collect the data they need. These data are used for work projects as well as reporting to the American public the work we are doing to manage public lands. 

 

Jennifer Taylor, Special Agent (Criminal Investigator)

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  • B.S., Mississippi State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I investigate crimes that occur on or affect National Forest System lands. The crimes could be violations of Federal or State law or administrative provisions of the Forest Service. I also support our Law Enforcement Officers during their investigations by providing oversight, technical advice, and intelligence reports. 

 

Jessica Dunn, Landscape Architect and Recreation Planner

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  • M.L.A., M.F.A., University of New Mexico
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A Forest Service landscape architect uses science and art to plan, design, build, and manage recreation opportunities on our national forests. They design spaces for people to connect to nature and create memories on public lands. 

 

JoAnn McGee, Lead Grants Management Specialist

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  • B.S., Tennessee Wesleyan University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A grants management specialist is responsible for all aspects of awarding, administrating, and managing grants and agreements with our partners and cooperators. 

 

Jonathan Pacheco, Civil Engineer

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  • B.S., California State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A civil engineer works with others to identify solutions to problems that occur in the forests. 

 

Jose Henriquez-Santos, Forest Landscape Architect

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  • B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A forest landscape architect develops and designs recreation sites and outdoor spaces for the Forest Service (e.g., such as campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, etc.). We also assess how projects affect the historic and natural scenery in the forest, as well as ensure the implementation of the Architectural Barriers Act throughout facilities and recreation areas. 

 

Kelsey Aho, Alaska Region GIS Coordinator

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  • M.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A geographic information systems (GIS) coordinator supports resource specialists and the public in the use of geospatial technology such as maps and apps for land, natural resources, and ecosystem management. 

 

Kevin Hernandez, Environmental Engineer

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  • M.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As an environmental engineer, a typical day might include sampling potable water systems, designing effective ways of disposing of wastewater, or overseeing the cleanup of hazardous waste that poses a threat to the environment.  

 

Victor Kikel, Information Assistant, Conservation Education

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  • B.A., University of Nebraska Omaha
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I am an information assistant at the Hood River Ranger District. Along with my customer service duties, I also provide conservation and environmental education to public events. For example, I take a great horned owl to school classes. 

 

LaTasha Wauneka, Program Specialist, Indian Youth Service Corps

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  • B.A., Dartmouth College
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As a program specialist for the Indian Youth Service Corps (IYSC), I coordinate and facilitate workforce development opportunities for indigenous youth throughout Indian Country. I work with stakeholders from Federal, State, Tribal Nation, nonprofit, and academic organizations to improve equity and reduce barriers to career opportunities. 

 

Melyssa Navis, Tribal Relations Specialist

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  • M.A., University of Illinois Chicago
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A Tribal relations specialist represents the Forest Service in dealing with Tribes, ensuring the rights of Sovereign Indian Nations are fully respected and carried out in a government-to-government relationship. 

 

Robert West, District Ranger

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  • B.S., University of Idaho
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A district ranger is a leader within the Forest Service and local communities who is responsible for providing the goods and services that result from the multiple uses of national forests for current and future generations. 

 

Sam Berglund, Visitor Center Manager

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  • B.A., University of Montana
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As a manager for a year-round visitor center, I create engaging programs and educational opportunities as well as maintain a heavily used recreation facility for the public.

 

Shawn Lacina, Supervisory Contract Specialist and Zone Chief

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  • B.S., Cardinal Stritch University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • As a supervisory contract specialist and zone chief, I am part of a leadership team that oversees all contracts for supplies, services, construction, and architect and engineering services for Region 8, Region 9, and research stations within these areas. 

 

Teresa Wenum, Conservation Education Specialist

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  • M.Ed., Montana State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • A conservation education specialist facilitates, leads, and provides support to the forest-wide conservation education program. I work as part of a team with employees and community partners to provide services and programs. 

 

Upekala Wijayratne, Ecologist

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  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service
  • I am a scientist working at the intersection of research and management, applying what we learn from research to land management.