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Soil Data Quality Specialist: Senior (GS 12)

Job Description

This person serves as a geographical area technical coordinator for all phases of soil surveys, including soil classification, identification, mapping, map unit design, production, interpretations, Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) coordination, digitizing and database quality (NASIS), publication, and Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) development.

Job Duties

  • Serves as the Soil Survey Representative to an assigned area and assures the technical quality of soil survey data; coordinates the development and presentation of soil interpretations with the National Soil Survey Center (NSCC) and other technical soil scientists
  • Provides training and technical assistance to soil survey offices in all phases of soil survey for an assigned area
  • Participates in periodic technical field visits and progress reviews within an assigned area; assists other soil scientists with technical and administrative concerns, and ensures that National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) standards are met

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 guidance and quality assurance for soils database
  • Develops and provides training to all levels of Soil Scientists
  • Provides quality assurance of spatial and tabular soil data
  • Provides expertise in soil taxonomy for the region
  • Develops queries and reports for Soil Survey offices

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

  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • 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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