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State Resource Conservationist (GS 13-15)

Job Description

This person is responsible for the coordination, direction, and training of science and technology.  This person provides leadership in the conservation planning process and development of policies.

Job Duties

  • Provides leadership for the planning and technical training of all employees
  • Reviews and updates technical standards and specifications
  • Communicates with internal and external customers to ensure that technical and research knowledge is shared

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

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Keeps up with new products and technology and disseminates that information upward and downward for implementation
  • Develops the state standards and job sheets for the state conservation practices
  • Takes the lead on higher level technical training
  • Develops the state policy on wetland mitigation and minimal effects
  • Works with partners outside of NRCS and makes sure their input is taken when developing standards

Sample NRCS Training

  • Managing for Excellence
  • Supervising for Excellence
  • Civil Rights Hiring Authority
  • Leading Through Transition and Change
  • Change Management

Occupational Competencies

  • Quality Assurance
  • Operational Policy Development, Management, and Oversight
  • Business Planning and Execution
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Operations Management

Foundational Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Oral Communication
  • Representing the Agency
  • Stress Tolerance and Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Technology Management
  • Written Communication

Leadership Competencies

  • External Awareness
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Political Savvy
  • Public Service Motivation
  • Relationship Management
  • Strategic Thinking and Action
  • Team Building
  • Vision
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