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Early Career Development of Foresters, Range Conservationists, and Wildlife/Fisheries Biologists in Two Western Forest Service Regions

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This paper examines how newly hired foresters are adapting to their profession and a career in the Forest Service in comparison to their range conservationist and wildlife/fisheries biologist colleagues. The sample consisted of 44 foresters, 27 range conservationists, and 38 biologists with 1-3 years permanent Forest Service employment in the Intermountain and Pacific Northwest regions, as well as 35 of their immediate supervisors. About half the sample were women. Most young recruits have found satisfying careers both in their profession and within the Forest Service. Foresters and range conservationists seemed to more readily accept organizational values and develop a long-term commitment to the Forest Service than did their biologist colleagues. Some women had difficulty adapting to their professions and to the Forest Service. The professional and sexual diversity of these new types of recruits has implications for their integration into the Forest Service, acceptance of their values and loyalties, and the evolution of a natural resources agency traditionally dominated by male foresters. West. J. Appl. For. 2:10-14, January 1987

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, Logan 84322

Publication date: 1987-01-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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