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Resource Soil Scientist: Senior (GS 11-12)

Job Description

This person serves as a regional technical expert providing direction and guidance for natural resource management, farm bill compliance, conducting information and education activities related to soils.

Job Duties

  • Works closely with producers and landowners to provide technical expertise for USDA conservation compliance
  • Directs the implementation of the Farmland Protection Policy Act and the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program; provides expert input for farm bill programs
  • Provides guidance to internal and external customers on the interpretation and application of soil survey information related to specific soil, water, air, plant, and animal resource concerns

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

  • Provides direct support to field offices for technical soil services
  • Processes Farm Bill program assessments and eligibility
  • Assesses conservation compliance
  • Evaluates Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) determinations for important farmlands
  • Works collaboratively with Soil Survey offices

Sample NRCS Training

  • Advanced Hydric Soils
  • Technical Soil Services
  • Reg. IV Wetlands Corps of Engineers
  • Application of ArcGIS and Soil Data Viewer for Technical Soil Services
  • Soil Science Institute

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

Leadership Competencies

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