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Take a Look at Soil Conservation Technicians

Who We Are

 The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) came out of troubled times—the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. Dust storms ravaged the Nation’s farmland, stripping away millions of tons of topsoil and carrying it all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Since that time, NRCS has kept a commitment to protecting and conserving soil and other natural resources on America’s private lands. NRCS is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to help them protect their natural resources.

A Conservation Career—Do You Enjoy Working Outside?

Soil Conservation Technicians

NRCS Soil Conservation Technicians (SCTs) work directly with farmers and ranchers. SCTs survey and design conservation practices, oversee installation, and ensure that NRCS standards are met. The SCTs are key to the success of the NRCS because almost everything they do results in on-the-ground practices that directly improve, conserve, or restore our natural resources.

SCTs make use of various types of survey equipment from a laser level to a survey-grade Global Positioning System (GPS). They use computer applications to make calculations, design practices, write reports, and perform other field office duties.

  • Knowledge of farm or ranch operations
  • Work experience or education with conservation practices desirable
  • Good communication skills
Other Careers in NRCS

NRCS offers career opportunities for those who are in college or have graduated. These include:

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Range Conservationist
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Soil Scientist
Team Approach

 At NRCS, we take pride in our partnerships. We work with local soil and water conservation districts and many other partners to let people know how important it is to conserve natural resources. And, together, we work with them on how to do it.

Training and Advancement

You will get many chances for on-the-job and formal training. You will set career goals, and NRCS will help you achieve them.


NRCS has more than 2,500 field locations throughout the United States. Regardless of your location, there may be opportunities where you want to work.

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