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Soil Scientist: Senior (GS 11)

Job Description

This person serves as a member of the team developing soil survey information. They are responsible for the update and maintenance of soil surveys within their assigned geographical area. Their work is coordinated with other soil survey update activities within their state and adjoining states.

Job Duties

  • Provides leadership and technical guidance in the assigned soil survey area including evaluating existing soil surveys to assess their quality and the development of strategies and plans to bring them up to modern standards
  • Provides leadership in designing and carrying out sampling activities including gathering laboratory, transect, and other field data to characterize and re-correlate existing soil survey maps to achieve a coordinated soil survey product throughout the assigned region
  • Uses geospatial technology to edit soil survey maps. Reviews soil interpretations for accuracy; designing and coordinating all mapping legends

Recommended Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in soil science or related discipline, including 30 semester hours in biological, physical or earth sciences, with 15 of these hours in subjects like soil genesis, soil chemistry, soil physics, soil microbiology and soil fertility

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Coaches and serves as a role model for entry- and mid-level Soil Scientists
  • Builds trust and relationships with internal and external customers through brainstorming activities, collaboration, assessing customer needs, identifying solutions, and strategic thinking
  • Independently populates and queries data in a soils database
  • Provides technical soil services
  • Runs and reviews validations and make corrections

Sample NRCS Training

  • Management of Soil Survey by MLRA
  • Soil Geomorphic Institute
  • NASIS - Designing and Developing Soil Interpretations
  • NASIS - Query Writing
  • Soil Science Institute

Occupational Competencies

  • Soil Examination & Classification
  • Geomorphology & Hydrology
  • Soil - Vegetation Relationship Identification
  • Soil Attribute Database Management
  • Spatial Data Management
  • Soil Mapping & Correlation
  • Soil Interpretations & Land Use Guidance

Foundational Competencies

  • Attention to Detail
  • Accountability
  • Organizing and Prioritizing Work
  • Representing the Agency
  • Resource Management
  • Technology Management
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Continuous Learning
  • Initiative
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Stress Tolerance and Resilience
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Influence and Negotiating
  • Conflict Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Decisive Judgment and Decision Making
  • Information Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer Service

Leadership Competencies

  • Assigning, Evaluating and Monitoring Work
  • Developing Others
  • Human Resource Management
  • Team Building
  • Political Savvy
  • Vision
  • Strategic Thinking and Action
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Public Service Motivation
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