Career Development

Check out these career advice and mentoring tidbits that our members shared with each other in a recent survey. Thank you, to all the members who contributed their candid words of wisdom based on their own experiences.

APAEA sponsored employee development events

  • Developing Emotional Intelligence webinar with Steven Dickerson, Conflict Management and Prevention Program Manager, USDA Forest Service CELT. Download recording and slides: Emotional Intelligence for Teams.
  • Webinar celebration & mentoring in honor of APAEA’s most influential original guide, John Kusano’s retirement.  January 8, 2014. Check your email for details. Contact Cliff Alagar (calagar [at] fs…us) for more info.
  • Are you looking for a job and need to brush up on your interviewing skills?  View the interview workshop APAEA cosponsored here.


Stay tuned for more upcoming APA employee development opportunities!

How to be proactive about your career development:

  • Be in the know: Are you interested in receiving outreach notices for particular types of jobs or details (developmental assignments)?  You may be able to apply your technical skills and cultural context to a detail assignment with Forest Service Office of International Programs (IP). Select IP and other outreach announcements are occasionally posted for APAEA members  (password required).
  • Hone your skills: Don’t have funding for training or travel?  Sign up for some online training on AgLearn!
  • Find a mentor to help show you the way. A mentor can provide you with valuable insights into agency culture and skills or experiences you’ll need to pursue your desired career.  Most people will be flattered that you would like their advice, so don’t be shy in asking those you consider to be your role models for a little bit of time to answer your questions.  If you aren’t sure who to talk to, APAEA is currently working on a mentoring program to help pair mentors and mentees, so make sure you’re on our member list to receive updates!
  • Use the APAEA network. Do you want to find others who have similar a cultural background as you?  Are you considering a job in a different location and want to learn more about it?  Look up an APAEA member!  (Note: APAEA is working on updating it’s member directory. Send an email to for assistance finding other APAEA members.)


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