Scott Bovey, the agency’s forest fire management officer, says they’ll have more than 900 temporary jobs open next summer in everything from administration to archaeology.
“Those will be on all sorts of wildland fire suppression positions,” Bovey says, “but other positions in the Forest Service such as recreation, fisheries, forestry, a whole conglomeration of work that can be done.”
The jobs are in 50 to 60 locations across Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. Bovey says he expects students with a wide range of interests to apply.
“Almost any major can benefit from this type of position,” Bovey says. “If there are individuals that would definitely like to boost their resume from when they graduate, if they are working in the natural resources or biologies or fisheries or forestries, obviously, this is going to help out with that.”
In past years, some 16,000 people have applied for these 900 summer jobs, so Bovey says the event in Chadron aims to help students even the odds.
“Federal resumes are a little different than the standard one- to two-page resume that individuals normally present to employers,” Bovey says. “We’ll be there to help them understand what the federal resume system looks like, what we’re looking for and what hiring managers are looking for.”
Starting pay, he notes, is much better than minimum wage, typically ranging from $13 to $17 an hour.
The event will be held at the Scottsbluff Room of the Chadron State College Student Center from 9 AM until 2 PM on Tuesday.