Forest Service Adding Jobs

New Mexico – The Forest Service is adding 140 positions in Albuquerque, most of them high-level administrative jobs.

Forest Service human resources spokeswoman Sandra Lopez said Monday an undetermined number of those jobs will be employees relocating from other parts of the country, but workers also are expected to be hired in New Mexico.

Lopez says the federal agency has centralized its business operations in Albuquerque and will be looking for additional space to house the new employees.

Mayor Martin Chavez calls it part of a Forest Service initiative "to make Albuquerque the Washington of the West."

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