Posted by: rmorrisey | February 27, 2009

5 Really Good Reasons to Work for the Federal Government

 During these tough economic times, when mass layoffs are reported in the news almost daily, American workers are very concerned about job security. Their concern is certainly justified. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly a quarter million American workers were laid off  in the month of September alone.  In the first nine months of 2008,  over 1.5 million workers were laid off. 

If you’re one of the unfortunate people who lost their job, maybe you should take a fresh look at the job opportunities in the federal sector.  [read more]

Posted by: rmorrisey | February 27, 2009

Park Ranger for a Week

The following article recently appeared on the <a href=”http://home.nps.gov/applications/digest/” target=”_blank”>NPS Digest website</a> (public domain).

Sean Aiken sounds like a really cool guy.  We should all be so thorough in choosing a career.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK:Job #46 of 52: Park Ranger For A Week
Sean Aiken is traveling anywhere in the world working 52 different jobs in 52 weeks while trying to figure out what to do with his life.

“After finishing college with a business degree, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t settle for a career that I am not truly passionate about,” Sean explains on his website <a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/” target=”_blank”>OneWeekJob.com</a>.  “My goal is to gain a better understanding of what I need in a career to be happy and inspire others to go after their passions. Any company or individual anywhere in the world can offer me a job for one week. The job can be absolutely anything, anywhere- garbage collection, actor, working the family farm, a suit and tie corporate position.”

Instead of paying Sean for his work, job providers make a donation to the Make Poverty History / ONE Campaign.  He sustains his project through the kindness of strangers by staying at people’s houses each week, taking the bus, hitch hiking and with the $1000/month provided by <a title=”blocked::http://www.nicejob.ca/&#8221; href=”http://www.nicejob.ca/” target=”_blank”>NiceJob.ca</a> to help with costs.

Sean spent Week 46 working as a park ranger at <a href=”http://www.nps.gov/havo” target=”_blank”>Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park</a> and shared his experiences through the following updates posted on his website.

Week #46 Announced – Park RangerThis week I am working as a Park Ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. I will get to experience the various duties of a Park R… [<a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/12/week-46-announced-park-ranger/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/12/week-46-announced-park-ranger/” target=”_blank”>more</a>]

Forward Looking On The Trail Of LifeThe scenery here at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is absolutely gorgeous. After being introduced to my boss for the week and getting settled into our… [<a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/13/forward-looking-on-the-trail-of-life/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/13/forward-looking-on-the-trail-of-life/” target=”_blank”>more</a>]

Aloho &amp; Mahalo Hawaii, Until Next Time!In order to fully immerse myself in the culture of island life, I appropriately adopted the island pace (well demonstrated by my lack of updates this… [<a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/21/aloho-mahalo-hawaii-until-next-time/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/21/aloho-mahalo-hawaii-until-next-time/” target=”_blank”>more</a>]

Posted by: rmorrisey | February 27, 2009

2009 Salary Tables Now Available

The 2009 Salary Tables are now posted on the Ranger Careers website.

I think federal employees are just about the only people who got pay raises this year . . . besides fortune 500 CEOs 🙂

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