Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:06 AM
I just graduated so I will be converted to a permanent position in the Forest Service within the next month. I have worked for them since 2005 under the SCEP position which was a student position where I could work as many hours as I wanted and they would pay me $5k a year to go to school. Catch is for every year I borrow I have to work that many years for them or I pay it back. I thought it was great, no worries about having to find a job once I graduate.
I work as a an assistant biologist on the Coronado National Forest in Tucson. My main projects include writing assessments that comply with federal laws on threatened an endangered species, surveys of different species on the forest, habitat assessment, resource advising on fires, and fighting fires. I get to go out an hike a lot and see lots of cool stuff (of course if you like the outdoors), but then I pay for it when I have to do all of my reports.
FI told me that he was marrying me for my $$$, I told him you picked the wrong girl. Most I will ever make is around $50k (max out a GS-11), right now I will be lucky to make $35k (GS-7). But I love my job and I get to see and do really cool stuff so its a tradeoff. And its not like I will ever be living in a large town where cost of living is outrageous because most FS districts are in tiny towns. And its the government so they compensate you some for living somewhere expensive.