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Soil Scientist: Mid (GS 9)

Job Description

This person serves as a member of the team developing soil survey information. They are responsible for the update and maintenance of soil surveys within their assigned geographical area. Their work is coordinated with other soil survey update activities within their state and adjoining states.

Job Duties

  • Uses soil-landscape relationships to systematically map and describe the way soils occur in the landscape; assists MLRA Soil Survey Leader in developing soil landscape predictive models
  • Analyzes data & designs new map units to provide more accurate interpretations for soil management
  • Uses geospatial technology to edit soil survey maps; reviews soil interpretations for accuracy; creates new map units and data map units in NASIS

Recommended Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in soil science or related discipline, including 30 semester hours in biological, physical or earth sciences, with 15 of these hours in subjects like soil genesis, soil chemistry, soil physics, soil microbiology and soil fertility

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Analyzes soil landscape relationships
  • Manipulates and analyzes GIS and GPS data
  • Classifies soil profile descriptions
  • Independently populates and queries data in a soils database and run validation checks
  • Analyzes soil data

Sample NRCS Training

  • Soil Correlation
  • NASIS - Understanding Soil Interpretations
  • Digital Soil Survey Data Management
  • Remote Sensing for Soil Survey Applications
  • Supervising for Excellence

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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