Thursday, April 08, 2010
Work for the Forestry Service as a Writer
30 locations throughout the US.
Deadline February 28, 2011. NOTE: That's the year 2011. These positions are with the Forestry Service. These people write and edit materials for content, such as reports, regulations, news, newsletters, magazines, news releases, training materials, brochures, interpretive handbooks, pamphlets, guidebooks, scholarly works, reference works, speeches, or scripts. The work requires the development, analysis, and selection of appropriate information and presentation of the information in a form and at a level suitable for the intended
These are full-time, permanent positions paying $47,448 - $61,678 USD /year. The ranking is GS-09. Don't let all that scare you. I was a personnel director for nine years. You need to have a graduate degree if you have no experience, or you can substitute your experience as a writer. You must prove you have two solid years at a level close to what this position requires, so read the fine print.
Apply On-Line at www.avuedigitalservices.com/usfs/applicant.html . This online application process allows applicants to submit employment information that can be printed for personal use and saved and/or edited on the website for future use.
Excellent benefits. Annual and sick leave. Superb healthcare, life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, savings plans, flexible work schedule, training and development opportunities, family/worklife program, etc.
NOTE: Federal employment is about as stable as it gets. You may have one of these positions near you, or better yet, consider one in a new location to see the country.
DOUBLE NOTE: I'm a firm believer in writers having a day job, FT or PT. Not only does it pay the bills and offer benefits, but it opens their eyes to the world and its everyday occurrences, providing fodder for all writing, from fiction to nonfiction.