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Soil Conservation Technician: Entry (GS 5)

Job Description

This person assists soil and district conservationists in the implementation of total resource management system plans; provides assistance in conservation planning. This person is responsible for surveying, staking, information gathering, designing, engineering plan preparation, and construction inspection as well as providing training to NRCS and Soil Water and Conservation District personnel in these areas.

Job Duties

  • Assists in collecting data for field offices to develop structural solutions
  • Assists in checking completed practices to determine if goals were met
  • Assists in survey and design activities for the implementation of conservation practices

Recommended Qualifications

  • Successful completion of 1 year of study including at least 6 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics or other natural or physical sciences

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Completes a survey independently

Sample NRCS Training

  • Conservation Planning Part 1
  • Conservation Boot Camp
  • Soil Mechanics (Module 1-3)
  • Effective Interpersonal Skills
  • Introduction to Ecological Principles

Occupational Competencies

  • Conservation Planning – Data Collection
  • Conservation Planning – Analysis
  • Surveying
  • Conservation Planning – Engineering Design
  • Conservation Planning – Engineering Implementation
  • Conservation Planning – Follow-up and Maintenance

Foundational Competencies

  • Attention to Detail
  • Accountability
  • Organizing and Prioritizing Work
  • Technology Management
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Continuous Learning
  • Initiative
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Oral Communications
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Decisive Judgment and Decision Making
  • Information Management
  • Customer Service
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