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The Selection of Junior Foresters

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The recruitment of men into business or service organizations ranges in investigative completeness from a single contact by letter to a multitude of tests which seek to determine the candidate's qualifications for the present job and for future development. For many years the U. S. Forest Service has employed men about whom little is known except that they have passed the Junior Forester examination. This method of selection has presumed survival of the technically fittest, and appointment has proceeded on the corollary assumption that an 85 man is better than a 70 man. But what of the many character and personality traits that lead to success? To what extent do they run parallel to technical knowledge and examination proficiency? In view of this lack of definite information on these questions, a study was undertaken in Washington in the Division of Personnel Management of the Forest Service during the winter and spring of 1937.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: U. S. Forest Service

Publication date: July 1, 1938

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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