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Student Trainee (Soil Science): Entry (GS 3-5)

Job Description

This person is in a developmental position that is receiving intensified training in soil and water conservation and soil survey work.

Job Duties

  • Assists in examining soil borings and comparing soil samples with descriptions and legends to classify soil type; draws soil boundaries on aerial photographs and labels the soil type, percent slope, and degree of erosion
  • Assists in tabulating soil survey data and maintaining soil survey progress maps
  • Assists in identifying farm boundaries on aerial photographs, laying out photo coverage for mapping, and placing match lines on photos

Recommended Qualifications

  • Work with field office and conservation districts on their projects to foster organizational awareness
  • Participate in FFA land judging or Envirothon
  • Participate in collegiate soil judging

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Works outdoors independently under difficult natural conditions
  • Enters data into a computer

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
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