Friday, November 9, 2012

"An Outlaw and a Hero" - Ben Jacobs

In this video, Brian Lawatch interviews Ben Jacobs, Fuels Management Specialist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, about wildland fire mentoring and career development.

Video Highlights:
  • What resources would you recommend to someone pursuing a wildland fire career?
  • What advice do you have for employees taking on a new position or increased responsibilities?
    • Slow down. "Get good at what you do before you move up."
    • Learn from the people that were there before.
    • Gather data and get to know the organization before you make changes.
  • What is the best career advice that you have received?
    • "You don't need to respect the person, but you do need to respect the position."
  • Why would you recommend a career in wildland fire to someone?
    • You must love the outdoors.
    • It is a rewarding career.
    • Outlet for those with a lot of energy and want to make a difference.

Thanks to the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center for this contribution.

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