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Soil Conservationist: Supervisor (GS 11-13)



Job Description

This person is a line officer who plans the application of total resource management systems; provides conservation planning assistance from initial evaluation to completion. This person possesses a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of soil, water, and environmental conservation as they relate to agricultural operations and land use measures. They also help landowners with issues such as dealing with soil, water, air, plants, and animal resource concerns.

Job Duties

  • Provides leadership for overall field coordination to implement planning, practice design, and implementation of varied conservation practices
  • Supervises the implementation of Farm Bill initiatives and serves as NRCS representative to outside local organizations
  • Supervises the evaluation of conservation plans and alternatives and assesses recommendations based upon performance results

Recommended Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in soil conservation or related agricultural or natural resource discipline such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, agricultural education, or agricultural engineering; the study must have included 30 semester hours in a natural resource or agricultural field, including at least 12 semester hours in a combination of soils and crops or plant science; of the 12 semester hours, a minimum of 3 semester hours must have been in soils and 3 semester hours in crops or plant science
  • In some instances, a bachelor’s degree can be substituted for the specific semester hours listed above, plus appropriate experience or additional education
  • Certified conservation planner (within 12 months of employment)

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Approves engineering designs
  • Performs large scale conservation planning (e.g., landscape planning)
  • Reviews conservation plans as a certified planner
  • Reviews conservation activity plans (CAP) prepared by technical service providers for accuracy
  • Designs the complex practices, varied by region (e.g., preliminary for waste storage structures)

Sample NRCS Training

  • Capital Hill Workshop
  • Federal Appropriations Law
  • Operations Management
  • Roadmap to Problem Solving

Occupational Competencies

  • Defining Objectives
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Decision Support
  • Engineering Design and Implementation
  • Management Practice Application
  • Vegetative Practice Application
  • Follow-up and Maintenance
  • Financial Assistance Programs Management

Foundational Competencies

  • Attention to Detail
  • Accountability
  • Organizing and Prioritizing Work
  • Representing the Agency
  • 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
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Decisive Judgment and Decision Making

Leadership Competencies

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