Career Development of Range Conservationists in Their First Three Years with the Forest Service
AuthorKennedy, J. J.
western United States
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CitationKennedy, J. J. (1987). Career development of range conservationists in their first three years with the Forest Service. Journal of Range Management, 40(3), 249-253.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractThis paper examines early career development of range conservationists, relative to their forester and wildlife biologist colleagues, in 2 western Forest Service Regions. Perception and acceptance of agency values, satisfaction with range profession and job choices, and long-term career commitments are a few subjects studied. Results show the majority of range conservationist recruits and their colleagues fitting into a long-term commitment to their professions and the Forest Service. Still, about 20% were experiencing initial career adjustment problems. About half the sample were women, and some important female/male differences exist. The greatest differences, however, were observed between professional-types. Range conservationists and foresters (regardless of sex) were generally adapting to a career in the Forest Service more easily than biologists. Range conservationists stood out in their desire for future Forest Service employment when selecting a range science major and belief that their "professional competence" was valued by the Forest Service.