Biological Research Assistant (Former Employee), Lansing, MI – November 15, 2013
A typical day at work could be anything from Cleaning chicken barns to mowing or helping maintenance with buildings. I learned time management skills, I was given a list of the days projects and had to have them done by a certain time. I was given the freedom to choose which order and how to do them and had the reputation of having it done a head of – more... time. My manager was a great boss to work for. He was always understanding in case of mistakes, always willing to answer questions and was interested in my life also. – less
YCC (Former Employee), Cascade, ID – November 7, 2013
I did so many different things because there were so many different branches of the Forest Service. I learned how to do trail work, make slash piles, paint signs, etc. The management was good, it was for the government ha. My co-workers.... I only ever got along with 2 of them. the hardest part was all the physical labor and the best part of the job – more... was being able to have the experience. – less
Food Inspector (Former Employee), Oakland, CA – October 29, 2013
Pros: very physically challenging for every inspector, and we stayed in shape.
Cons: very dangerous, cold, 4:30 am get up, filfthy, loud, poor eating facilities close by.
Successfully creating my work at the FSIS of the Dept. of Agriculture was a distinct honor for me. Though there were troubles with some hostility on the kill floor towards the complete inspections provided the product always got out. Many diseased and dissatisfactory presentations of animals were eliminated before anyone had a chance to consume the – more... product. This supplied the inspector with a feeling of caretaker and watchdog for the American People. – less
Inspector (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZ – October 16, 2013
• Inspect agricultural commodities for compliance with laws and regulations governing health, quality, and safety. • Verify that transportation and handling procedures meet regulatory requirements. • Collect samples from plants and route them to laboratories for microbiological assessment, ingredient verification, or other testing. • Interpret and enforce – more... government acts and regulations and explain required standards to agricultural workers. • Write reports of findings and recommendations and advise nurseries, growers, or processors of corrective action to be taken. • Provide exceptional customer service with internal and external customers through consistent and precise communication – less
Area Director State of New Jersey USDA Rural Development
Area Director for New Jersey (Former Employee), Vineland, NJ – October 16, 2013
Pros: helping people
Supervised employees in the completion of applications for all the different federal mortgage loan programs available. I was also responsible for grants for community facility improvements. It was a fast paced environment but enjoyed the challenge.
Forest Service Administrative Assistant (Fire) (Current Employee), Weaverville, CA – October 11, 2013
Pros: type of work, benefits, some security
Cons: 3rd year of pay freeze, currently furloughed, no sdi insurance
A typical day consists of putting out fires (figuratively). Calls, emails, data entry, and since becoming President of our Local this year, a crisis mitigation or two. I've learned that I love the fire organization and work well within it; it's a perfect combination of hard work, fun, and the opportunity to learn. The Union Presidency has been quite – more... an educational experience. This is the first Union I've ever been involved with; it's quite a challenge to build member participation in an open shop. I'm inspired by the people who share my belief that it's still needed. Management is challenged the same way the Bargaining Unit is, wherein decisions are made far up the chain and we are mandated to implement them. The only conflict I've experienced is one anti-Union manager. We are still working it out. My co-workers are great! Hard working, with true desire to serve the public. The hardest part of the job is the mandate to implement changes that seem destined to fail. I realize that from my position I can't see the big picture, and some ideas end up working. It's such a large organization that I don't think the decision makers have a very good view of the small picture, and many decisions are subsequently rescinded. If only there was better communication! The most enjoyable part of the job is working with people who share a common desire to serve the public and protect the lands. It sounds corny but it's true. I'm fortunate to have the position I do; with the current state of Federal employment I'm not certain how long it will be funded. – less