Forest Service is Hiring for May through September Visitor Surveys


According to a press release, the US Forest Service, in partnership with West Virginia University (WVU), is hiring individuals to survey visitors on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests from May through September of this year. The information obtained will aid the Forest Service in analyzing recreation needs and trends, and will assist state and local governments with tourism strategies and planning.   Applicants for these positions must be tactful, diplomatic and possess strong communication skills.

This surveying effort is being conducted under the auspices of the Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring Program and WVU, which is recognized as a leader in recreation, park and tourism research. Individuals interested in learning more about these positions should send an email to Professor Steve Selin of the WVU Division of Forestry & Natural Resources.   He can be reached at Those wishing to apply should send an email to the same email address with a short cover letter and resumé.

For additional information about the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program, visit  You can also email Ginny Williams, the program’s coordinator on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, at

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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