Special Emphasis Program

The Forest Service seeks to eliminate underrepresentation of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.  To help achieve this goal, Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) have been established to reach out to these groups and promote a workforce that is more representative of the diverse communities we serve. 

If you are interested in learning more about career opportunities on this forest and programs supporting underrepresented groups, contact the program managers below. 

Hispanic Emphasis Program

Dan Kipervaser


Disability Employment Program

Jeremiah Hyslop


Federal Women’s Program

Paulette Karasch


Asian Pacific American Program

Judith Kittson


African American Program

Paulette Karasch


Native American Indian Program

Mark Martin


Veteran Affairs

Zak Humbles



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