Forest Service Yale alumni talk career opportunities with current students

WASHINGTON, DC — On Feb. 16, 11 current graduate students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies visited the Yates Building to learn more about careers in the Forest Service. The trip is an annual trek made by Yale students to Washington, DC, to explore post-graduate school job opportunities.

The students were pursuing post-graduate degrees in forestry, environmental management, or forest or environmental science. The students’ interests ranged from tribal engagement, to silviculture, watershed science and international development. Leanne Veldhuis, National Partnership office, presented a story map overview of the agency’s mission, cross–deputy structure, and key priorities and partnerships. Nausheen Iqbal, Cooperative Forestry, shared hiring processes for the Presidential Management Fellowship at the Forest Service as well as the program’s focus on professional development and network building.

Following the presentations, the students engaged with a Forest Service employee alumni panel from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies that included Gary Barrett, Meg Roessing, Tania Ellersick, Melissa Jenkins and Tommie Herbert. The alumni panel discussed “the best work trip ever” about trips they had taken on behalf of the Forest Service.

In addition to the career presentations, the students visited the national Information Center to learn what information the agency shares with the public. They also met Smokey Bear in his office.

Dr. Thomas Easley, assistant dean for community and inclusion at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and senior associate director Kathy Douglas, career development office, joined the students for their tour.

Photo: A group of people stands around the animatronic Smokey Bear at his desk in his DC office, a faux wood cabin. Smokey is pointing at the camera.
On Feb. 16, Forest Service Yale alumni took Yale students and faculty to the national Information Center as part of their trip to learn about Forest Service careers. Forest Service photo by Dominic Cumberland.