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Soil Conservationists

NRCS soil conservationists spend most
of their time in the field working with
farmers, and other land users. They
offer conservation planning and technical
help to everyone from family farmers to
local government officials. They suggest
ways to conserve the soil, improve water
quality, manage nutrients, and protect
and improve wildlife habitat.

Qualifications: A degree in a soil
conservation, or a related discipline
such as natural resources,
agriculture, agronomy, soil, plant or
crop science. Coursework must have
included 30 semester hours in
agriculture or the natural sciences.
Additionally, you must have at least
12 semester hours in soil, crop or
plant science. Of those 12 hours, at
least 3 must have been in soil science.
More info.

Soil Conservation Technicians

Soil conservation technicians (SCT)
work on the land with farmers to show
them how to install conservation
practices and oversee the quality of
those practices. SCTs perform
engineering surveys and design standard
conservation practices such as
waterways, terraces, and agricultural
waste management systems.

Qualifications: Knowledge of farm
operations. Coursework or
experience that involved designing
and implementing conservation

Other Careers

NRCS also offers careers for people
trained in computer and administrative

Soil Scientists

Soil scientists map and classify soils. They
identify problems such as wetness and
erosion. They use aerial photographs to map
soils and write soil descriptions. They sample
soils and evaluate quality, analyze watershed
information and record changes in land use

Qualifications: A degree in a soil science
or a closely related discipline. Coursework
must have included 30 semester hours in
biological, physical, or earth science.
Additionally, you must have at least 15
semester hours in courses such as soil
genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil
physics or soil fertility. More info.


NRCS engineers develop and utilize
specialized skills in erosion control, water
management, structural design, construction,
hydraulics, soil mechanics, and environmental
protection. They develop and implement
stream bank and erosion control measures and
water supply systems. They design waste
management systems and concrete and
earthen dams. NRCS typically employs
agricultural, civil, or environmental engineers.

Qualifications: At bachelor's degree in
agricultural, civil, or environmental

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians (CET) plan,
design structures used in conservation
practices. They survey the land and lay out
the construction measures. CETs gather data,
make computations, prepare maps and cross
sections of profiles serve as on site inspector
during construction.

Qualifications: Coursework or experience
in the engineering field. More info.


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