ROOM: Rooms 27 – Picuris, 29 – Sandia and 31 – Santa Ana Combined
This workshop is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, but will also be co-hosted by other federal agencies that hire wildlife biologists in the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Interior. The session is designed to prepare students for successful career paths in the natural resources federal workforce by helping them plan ahead. We make recommendations that will help make students most marketable for natural resource-related positions, and include detailed information regarding Office of Personnel Management requirements for the Wildlife Biology 0486 and Biological Technician 0401 Series. Students will have access to agency Human Resources and field staff personnel who will provide advice regarding hiring practices, the Pathways program, the importance of summer internships, and the need to prepare for hiring as early the sophomore and junior years. Staff will also help students develop a competitive profile for the usajobs.gov online application. In addition, we will discuss bridging options for students that are enrolled in Minority Serving Institutions that may not have curricula that meet OPM requirements. Participation is open to students, recent graduates, and their advisors.
Organizers: Diana Doan-Crider, Animo Partnership in Natural Resources, TX; William Quinn, St. Edward’s University, TX; Berlinda Baca,US Forest Service, Albuquerque, NM
Supported by: USDA Forest Service