Spring Career Expo

101 Employers Are Coming to Campus: Wednesday, April 25

The Spring Career Expo is your opportunity to learn, network, and find out who’s hiring. Companies like Roseburg Forest Products, Lucidyne Technologies, and City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services are coming. Register on Handshake now!

1)  Make a map of the employers you want to see. Research them individually and go to where they are.

2)  Don’t be afraid to talk to people you haven’t heard of. Open your mind! Talk to as many people as possible and hand out resumes. You may like a company in an unexpected industry.

American International Forest Products

American International Forest Products, LLC is one of the largest building material companies in North America with annual sales of $500,000,000. AIFP services more than 2500 active customers in the US. AIFP sources material from over 1500 suppliers throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. AIFP is a wholesale distribution company.

Black Diamond Camps

We are a Christian outdoor adventure Camp. We exist to inspire christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships, and biblical truth!

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

GFP Response

GFP Response is an emergency response company, under parent company Ellipse Global, focused on wildland fire suppression, remote base camp, and catastrophe management solutions. We are a company of more than 450 first responders (Firefighters, EMTs, security, former military) trained in the Incident Command System and supported by experienced operations and logistics professionals.

Lincoln County Government

At Lincoln County, we provide essential services in an efficient, effective, and respectful manner. County governments provide the essential building blocks to create healthy, vibrant and safe communities. At Lincoln County, we are making a difference….with an ocean view. Highlights of Benefits: 11% County Contribution into 401(k) Fully Funded Health Savings Account 9 Paid Holidays per Year Up to $50k National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Load Repayment program for eligible licensed providers. Rural Practitioner Tax Credit up to $5k for MDs and NPs. Office Hours Monday through Friday typically 8am-5pm

Lucidyne Technologies

Lucidyne is a world leading manufacturer of scanning technologies for the wood product industry. We focus on final grading solutions for sawmills. We provide solutions that give our customers the competitive edge they need to manage their mills, and even more importantly, to manage their businesses. In today’s tough economy, it is those mills dedicated to increasing productivity through automation that have survived and thrived. Since 1985, Lucidyne has dedicated itself to being the industry partner to boost mills’ productivity – and their bottom line.

Mt. Bachelor

Our mission is to: Deliver great experiences. Enhance people’s lives. Have fun doing it!

Orenco Systems®, Inc.

Orenco Systems®, Inc. is in the business of researching/developing, manufacturing, and selling leading-edge wastewater collection and treatment systems. Markets include residential, commercial, mobile, municipal, and utilities. Orenco is dedicated to engineering-based solutions and more than 10 percent of the company’s approximately 350 employees are scientists or engineers.

Portland Fire & Rescue

PF&R is Oregon’s largest fire and emergency services provider. We provide an extensive range of public safety services including fire prevention, public education, response to fire, medical, and other emergency incidents, and disaster mitigation. PF&R is comprised of about 750 employees with a Bureau operating budget of $90.7 million.

Roseburg Forest Products

Roseburg is a closely-held forest products company, building value with timberlands, safe and efficient manufacturing, and passionate, capable people. We market quality products and provide superior customer service at a profit to sustain growth. CORE VALUES Sawdust in the Veins: Passionate about and committed to forest products manufacturing Love the wood and care about the dirt Desire to grow and learn more about our business Handshake Integrity: Humble, selfless, credible, competent Steadfast, no need for formalities to follow through on commitments Driven to Win: Committed to continuous growth and success Competitive team player Innovative and strategic

Salishan Spa and Golf Resort

In 1965, from a vision to create an oasis of luxury on the Oregon Coast, a legend was born. Over the years Salishan earned its fabled status and set the bar for Hospitality. As time marched on, a new class of travelers and adventure-seekers emerged. People for whom Salishan was made. Our vision today is to redefine Salishan as the benchmark of northwest coastal hospitality, wellness, and recreation by: – Instituting a culture of Exceptional Service – Introducing a broad range of Eco-Adventure Activities – Instilling Wellness as a core value resort-wide – Creating new opportunities for unique and memorable social engagement through a range of Culinary Experiences. We welcome you to become a part of the New Salishan!

SK Watercraft Rentals

SK Watercraft Rentals is located on the Willamette River near down town Portland. We Rent Sea-doo personal watercraft, Ski-boats, Pontoon Boats, Fishing Boats, Motorcycle Rentals, Snowmobile Rentals, and provide Segway rentals and tours. We are the largest rental operation of watercraft in the State of Oregon – started in 1994. Seeking summer full time employees and offer careers at our dealership SK Northwest for Parts/Sales/Service.


Innovation has taken USNR from being a small sawmill equipment supplier to a global leader in manufacturing machine systems to create panels and plywood, dimensional lumber, fingerjointed components and engineered wood products. We supply product and service solutions for plants around the world including Canada, Chile, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, the US and many other countries. We strive to combine the latest technology, innovative design, and experience to develop high performance solutions.

Washington County

Washington County and the Portland metropolitan area are nationally recognized as being among the most livable areas in the country. Located on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area, Washington County is the second largest and fastest growing county in Oregon, with an approximate population of 560,460. The community is one of Oregon’s most ethnically diverse, drawing from Europe, Central and South America, Asia, the Pacific nations and Africa. Residents and institutions alike reflect a global perspective. The community enjoys excellent schools, and a uniquely diverse array of cultural and recreational activities.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement

The Law Enforcement Program has 144 commissioned law enforcement personnel statewide. Fish and Wildlife Officers (FWOs) are general authority peace officers deployed to six regions throughout the state. Our Officers are responsible for enforcing a myriad of laws and regulations related to health and public safety, dangerous wildlife/human conflicts, fish and wildlife protection, hunting and fishing license regulations, habitat protection, and commercial fish and shellfish harvest. In addition, we enforce federal laws, Oregon state statutes, and county ordinances through memorandums of agreement. We conduct boating law enforcement on state and federal waters, and law enforcement in state and federal parks and forest lands.

Career Development Days

Career Development Days is a three-day event providing you with professional development workshops, employer presentations and networking opportunities. It will take place in the Memorial Union Rooms 206, 207, and 208 on Tuesday-Thursday, April 16-19. Each day there will be a free networking lunch from 12-1:30pm.  Make sure you register on HANDSHAKE.

Career Development Days is a chance for College of Forestry undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students to enhance skills and energize your career search. Energize your job search, enhance your job search and engage with industry professional at Career Development Days.

Why should YOU attend?

  • ask employers about their company – go ahead, they want to answer all of your questions.
  • understand various companies and what work they do
  • professional development growth – learn from workshops about the skills employers are looking for: interviewing, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and more!
  • networking – gain contacts for when you are looking for a job, like the saying goes, “it’s all about who you know…”
  • find a job or internship – there might be an opportunity to secure a seasonal or internship position.
  • learn more about what you want from a career – or what you don’t.
  • engage with other COF students – maybe you’ll meet someone new.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

9:00 a.m. – Employer Information Session: Timber Products Company, John Underwood, Human Resources Manager

10:00 a.m. – Workshop: What Are Employers Really Looking in Your Interview? – Sean Hart, Area Manager, Georgia Pacific

11:00 a.m. – Employer Information Session: US Forest Service, Jeanna Ramos, Equal Employment Specialist

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch open to students, employers, presenters, CoF faculty and staff (MU 207)

1:30 p.m. – Workshop: Problem-solving and Creative Solutions in the Workplace – Fred Pfund, Forester, Starker Forests

2:30 p.m. – Employer Information Session: Oregon Parks & Recreation, Jennifer Godfrey, Park Naturalist Interpreter, Detriot Lake State Park

3:30 p.m. – Workshop: Building Your Career From the Ground Up –  Todd Payne, President & CEO, Seneca Jones (Seneca Family of Companies)


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

9:00 a.m. – Employer Information Session: Brooks Tree Farm, Kathy LeCompte, Owner

10:00 a.m. – Workshop:  Effective Communications Skills in the Workplace –  Inka Bajandas, Public Outreach Manager, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

11:00 a.m. – Employer Information Session: AKS Engineering, Bruce Baldwin, Engineering Technician & Arborist

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch open to students, presenters, CoF faculty and staff (MU 207)

1:30 p.m. – Workshop: Beyond OSU: How OSU Can Help Your Post-graduation Employment Search & Career –  Yuliya Dennis, OSU Alumni Association and Britt Hoskins, OSU Career Development Center 

2:30 p.m. – Employer Information Session: Green Diamond Resource Company, Laura Baltadonis, Senior Human Resources Business Partner

3:30 p.m. –  Workshop: Successful Collaboration in the Workplace – Melissa Yamamoto, Assistant Director of Leadership Development, OSU Student Leadership and Involvement


Thursday, April 19, 2018

11:00 a.m. – Workshop:  Everything You Need to Know About Social Media and Your Career –  Jenna Riccolo, OSU Career Development Center,

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch open to students, presenters, CoF faculty and staff – Mini Resource Fair including representatives from the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Career Development Center, OSU Academic Success Center, and CoF Continuing Education  (MU 207)

1:30 p.m. – Workshop:  Staying Organized & Maintaining Flexibility to Adapt to a Changing Environment –  Valerie Johnson, CEO and co-owner, DR Johnson


**All Employer Information Sessions will be held in MU 206. All professional development workshops will be held in MU 208.

**Register to attend on Handshake!


For questions please contact the Student Resources and Engagement Office at 541-737-1594 or Brooke.Harrington@oregonstate.edu.


College of Forestry Pro-School Application

The application for admission to the professional program in OSU’s Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering programs is now available! Details are outlined below, and applications for fall 2018 entry are due by April 16, 2018 (11:59 pm Pacific).   I’m very happy to field any questions that may arise.

What is the Professional Program?

Several majors in OSU’s College of Forestry (Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering) have a pre/pro model.  The pre-professional courses span the freshman and sophomore years, and the professional courses (or “pro school”) span the junior and senior years.  Anyone can declare a Pre-Forestry or Pre-Forest Engineering major.  Moving to the professional program requires a special application process which is normally completed during spring of the sophomore year.  Admission to the professional program is based upon:

  • Completion of all the required pre-professional courses by September 15, 2018
  • Grades of C or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.25 or higher in all the pre-professional courses

Who Should Apply?

You should apply to the College of Forestry’s professional program if you meet ALL the following criteria:

  • You plan to transfer to OSU’s Corvallis campus for fall 2018
  • You plan to major in Forestry, Forest Engineering, or Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering
  • You will complete all the required pre-professional courses in your major by September 15, 2018.  You can consult our Transfer Guides to determine how your courses apply to the requirements.

NOTE: students are welcome to transfer to OSU at any time.  If you have not yet completed all the pre-professional courses for your major, you can still transfer to OSU as a Pre-Forestry or Pre-Forest Engineering major and complete them here.  Then you can apply to the Pro-School in a future year.

Application Process

  • Apply for transfer admission to OSU’s Corvallis campus.  Declare a major in Pre-Forestry, Pre-Forest Engineering, or Pre-Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering.  If you aren’t admitted to OSU, you won’t be able to complete the application for the College of Forestry Pro-School. Transfer applications for fall 2018 are being accepted now.  If you haven’t already applied, you should do so ASAP!
  • Once you are admitted to OSU and have an OSU ID number, you need to complete the College of Forestry’s Pro-School application.  The preferred deadline to apply for fall 2018 Pro-School admission is April 16, 2018 (11:59 pm Pacific).


What are the required pre-professional courses for my major?

Consult the Advising Guide for your major to find the required pre-professional courses.  You may find our Transfer Guides useful as well.

What if I won’t have all the required pre-professional courses complete by September 15, 2018?

Students are only admitted to Pro-School if they have completed ALL the required pre-professional courses satisfactorily.  If you are missing courses, you may need to apply to Pro-School for a future year.  We encourage students to work with their academic advisor (and to contact us at forestry.proschool@oregonstate.edu ) to determine the best timeline for Pro-School application.

Can I apply to the professional program for a later term (e.g. winter, spring, summer)?

Students can only enter Pro-School in the fall term.  We do not admit students to Pro-School for winter/spring/summer terms.  This is due to the sequential nature of the Pro-School coursework and the need to begin those sequences in the fall.  Entry to the Pre-Forestry and Pre-Engineering majors is unrestricted, and students can begin the pre-professional courses in any term.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Questions about the Pro-School application process can be sent to forestry.proschool@oregonstate.edu

When will I know if I’ve been admitted to Pro-School?

Admission decisions will be communicated via email (to the email address you list on your application) by May 1, 2018.

When does Field School start?

Tentatively Field School will be September 2 – September 15th.  A firm date will be set when the admission letters go out.

What You Should Know About Peace Corps


  • Work and learn in 60 possible countries. Use your major and experience to impact communities across the globe.
  • Housing and a living wage provided in your country + $9,450 when you finish your assignment to reestablish in the U.S.
  • A leg up on federal jobs after you finish the program. You get extra application points to help you get noticed by a great gov. agency.
  • Many volunteers are hired on in their respective countries after their term.
  • A 3-month training program prepares you to serve + you’ll have a partner in your assigned country.
  • Access to apply for a special fellowship that pays toward future graduate studies.


Agricultural/Forestry Majors:

The Peace Corps is competitive. The good news is that agricultural and forestry majors are desired. Actually having a degree in your fields is not common among applicants. So you can stand out! With your background, you may be selected for an educational position, usually with small farmers around the world. Duties could include helping with sustainable farming practices, food security, irrigation in dry climates, and income supplementation. You may help with everything from crops, to bees, to livestock.

o   E.g. You may help tackle deforestation, understanding economic forces that drive it and how communities can begin to recover.


Environmental Sciences/Natural Resources:

STEM fields are greatly desired in the Peace Corps. An important tip, if you plan to apply, is to get some educational experience outside of the classroom. You may have research and fieldwork (like sampling/trail maintenance) on your resume, but showing you can communicate with and teach others is a big selling point for you on an application.

o   You may work on climate change and how it is affecting an arid region. Showing a community how to recover and address their farming practices or soil erosion.

o   You may tackle issues like poaching or introducing eco-tourism to preserve wildlife. Or work on a nature preserve.

o   It is also very common for hard science students to teach math or science in high schools across the globe.



  • Knowing a foreign language is a big deal, especially Spanish or French. Even some introductory courses count.
  • Education experience. Consider volunteering to teach English or getting together with international students to practice conversation.



  • Reach out to Scot Roskelley, the Peace Corps recruiter for Oregon State. He can help you strategize about how and when to apply: sroskelley@peacecorps.gov or 503-290-4024.
  • Note that there is a 8-10 month gap between when you apply and when you go. For graduates in June 2019, apply by Oct. 1.

Nonprofit Opportunities Fair

2018 Non-Profit Opportunities Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 11 am- 2 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Make sure you Register on Handshake

There will be two breakout sessions before and after the fair:

  • Sustainability and Environmental Conservation from 10-11 am in MU13
  • Human Services and Youth Development from 2-3pm in MU13

In bold and linked to their website are employers that may have openings in a field of your interest or possibly hiring your major.

Employers (52 Total)
Partnerships In Community Living, Inc. (PCL) B’nai B’rith Camp Upward Bound Camp
Catholic Community Services IES Internships Corvallis Environmental Center
College Possible Camp Yakety Yak Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office Student Conservation Association Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Playworks Corvallis Parks & Recreation Special Olympics Oregon
Central City Concern Bridgeway Recovery Services Samaritan Health Services
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Grace Center for Adult Day Services REACH Community Development Inc
League of Women Voters of Corvallis Rise, Inc Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Americorps
Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington SOLVE American Red Cross Cascades Region
MV Advancements Naval Research Laboratory Urban Teachers
Family Tree Relief Nursery CORE Health Benton Habitat for Humanity
Lane County Government Portland Fire & Rescue Corvallis Right of Way
Kairos The Cupcake Girls || Portland, Oregon Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations
City of Gresham, OR City of Corvallis General Board of Global Ministries
ColumbiaCare Services, Inc. Options Counseling and Family Services Oregon State University
Gales Creek Camp Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Bureau of Land Management Northwest Oregon District
Work Unlimited Inc. Northwest Youth Corps Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
Oregon Department of Administrative Services YMCA of Columbia-Willamette King County
Washington County, Oregon Jackson Street Youth Services

Special Guest Blogger: Academic Advising for Spring Term

Sandy Jameson has taken over the Fernhopper Blog!

“Here we are in Week 4 of Winter term and it’s time to make an appointment for Spring term advising and get your PIN.

  • To sign up for an appointment please use the on-line appointment system.  If you haven’t already done so, use the link I’ve included to get yourself into this program.  It really is easy, efficient, and – yes – required.   Check it out here:  Schedule an appointment here
  • If you’ve already set yourself up in this system, you can make an appointment simply by clicking here and selecting your academic advisor.
  • Advising will continue throughout February and March by appointment, but it is recommended that you sign up now and get it done early.Phase I of Registration begins on Sunday, February 25th and goes through Wednesday, March 14thRemember if you don’t get your registration done during your Phase I registration day and time, you will have to wait until your Phase II day and time.  Phase II registration and WAITLISTING for classes begins at 8 pm on Thursday, March 15th. 

IMPORTANT SENIORS –if you haven’t applied to graduate yet and intend to complete your degree in the spring, summer, or fall please apply now.  This is your final email reminder to do so.

WORK EXPERIENCE – “Oh, I have it completed, I just haven’t submitted it.”  If this is your case, then please get it done now.  You never know, your immediate supervisor may have moved on to a different job and then you’ll have to figure who to get it submitted to.  It is always best to get this done immediately following your last work date.”

Reminders about Priority Registration: Phases 1 and 2

Priority registration has two phases. Students register in group time blocks based on their credits earned and in progress. The more credits students have earned, the earlier they may register. Students may register in their assigned time block or any later time.

The two phases enable automated wait listing. Here is how it works for undergraduates:

  • Phase 1 allows registration in a maximum of 16 credits. No wait listing is allowed.
  • Phase 2 allows registration in a maximum of 19 credits plus a maximum of three wait listed classes.

Students may obtain registration times for phases 1 and 2 via their MyOSU account. Click on the Student tab and under Registration Tools, select View Priority Registration Status. Or see the priority registration tables in the online catalog at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=374#Section3955

Choose a time via the on-line appointment calendar that works best for you.  Finally, and most importantly, come with a clue of the courses you need to/would like to take.  This doesn’t have to be perfect, but putting a bit of thought and time into this step is super-helpful for both of us!  This is where your “MyDegrees” info is a really good tool.

Also, please check your MyDegrees page and make sure it is accurate!  Bring questions on it to the appointment.

Winter 2018 Events

Welcome back COF students! This term is full of great events to help you have a better experience.  If you have questions come visit the SRE Office in Snell 133.


Jan 27  Willamette Valley Bird Symposium
CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 9 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

Feb 1  Experiential Education Proposals Due to kira.hughes@oregonstate.edu

Feb 6  Lunch With Leadership—RH 115, 12-1 P.M.  Free lunch!

Feb 15  2018-2019 COF Scholarship Application Due

Feb 21  Winter Career Expo—LaSells Stewart Center, 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

Feb 26  Federal Employment Panel & Networking Session—
MU Journey Room, 2-4 P.M.

Feb 28  Dinner With 12 Beavers—CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 6-8 P.M.

Mar 6  State Employment Panel & Networking Session—
MU Journey Room, 2-4 P.M.

Industry Tour—Seneca Jones Timber Company – Date/Time TBD, RVSP required




It’s time to apply for College of Forestry scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. With Winter break just around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity to complete your application.

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Please read through the instructions, eligibility requirements, important notes, etc. so you are fully informed of all the details before you apply.

One portion of the application is describing your goals and how your program will help accomplish those goals. If you are having difficulty with this, overview your programs description, “what you will learn”, and the career options by visiting here. You can also visit the Writing Center in the Valley Library to receive hands-on writing help.

If you have any other questions or problems please visit us in Snell 133, Student Resources and Engagement Office.

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The deadline to submit an application for 2018-19 scholarship award consideration is FEBRUARY 15, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason. 

SAF Job Fair

The SAF Job Fair is right around the corner and you need to be ready if you want to get a job!

You should be ready to…

  • talk to employers who are recruiting for permanent, full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship opportunities
  • network with employers to have future connections
  • see the careers and opportunities that are out there to open your options

This year’s job fair includes more than 40 industry and agency employers who are looking forward to talking with YOU! Check out Handshake for a list of employers registered to attend.

Not confident in your resume? Stop by the Trysting Tree Room in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center between 11:00am – 12:00pm to review with a CDC Career Assistant before entering the job fair.

Check the jobs page and the Job Opportunities page for positions that employers attending the fair may have posted.

Employers may wish to schedule an interview with you so be prepared.

SAF Job Fair

Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center