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Soil Survey Project Leader: Senior (GS 11)

Job Description

This person serves as the Soil Survey Project Leader or Senior Soil Scientist for the MLRA Soil Survey Office.

Job Duties

  • Studies the characteristics of soils, geology, topography, and landforms over the survey area to evaluate the consistency of map units; writes technical and nontechnical materials that relate to the soils and the soil survey
  • Develops soil-landscape predictive models and uses soil-landscape relationships to systematically map and describe how soils occur in the landscape; examines soils geospatial information to identify areas where soil types and landscapes are not correctly associated; documents soil-plant relationships and records data in NASIS
  • Records soil data on digital or hard copy aerial photographs and statistically analyzes data and correlates new map units

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

  • Designs and independently manages projects on a non-MLRA basis
  • Independently populates and queries data in a soils database
  • Creates and manages spatial data
  • Provides technical soil services
  • Runs and reviews validations and make corrections

Sample NRCS Training

  • Soil Science Institute
  • Reg. IV Wetlands Corps of Engineers
  • Soil Geomorphic Institute
  • NASIS - Designing and Developing Soil Interpretations
  • NASIS - Query Writing

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
  • Political Savvy
  • Vision
  • Strategic Thinking and Action
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Public Service Motivation
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