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Soil Conservation Technician: Mid (GS 6-8)

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 field investigations to determine the problems landowners face and collects the data needed for field offices to develop structural solutions
  • Checks completed practices to determine if goals were met and continually follows-up to determine if additional interventions are required
  • Independently conducts surveys and designs of conservation practices

Recommended Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree (a) majoring in forestry, range management or a field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above
  • Experience can replace bachelor's degree

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Teaches entry-level Soil Conservation Technicians how to perform their primary job duties
  • Completes a survey job from start to finish independently with few or no errors
  • Implements a design completed by someone else
  • Conducts project follow-up

Sample NRCS Training

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conservation Planning Part 2
  • Economics of Conservation Planning
  • Basic Survey and Design

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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