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MLRA Soil Survey Leader: Supervisor (GS 12)

Job Description

This person provides coordination, quality control, technical guidance, and staff assistance for all phases of initial mapping, updating, maintaining, and producing of soil surveys within the assigned MLRA region following the framework of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Program.

Job Duties

  • Provides leadership, direction, and technical guidance to staff within the assigned soil survey area; controls the technical quality of all phases of soil survey area work including collection, description, classification, correlation, investigation, and interpretation of all soil data within the assigned soil survey MLRA region
  • Develops soil-landscape predictive models and uses soil-landscape relationships to develop and evaluate map units and mapping legends and systematically map and describe how soils occur on the landscape; examines soil geospatial information to identify areas where soil map units and landscapes are not correctly associated
  • Develops and manages the National Soil Information Systems (NASIS) according to National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) standards; provides leadership and management of soil data join re-correlations

Sample NRCS Work Experience

  • Assigns, monitors, and evaluates work to Soil Scientists and related staff in other disciplines
  • Provides quality control of spatial and tabular soil data
  • Manages projects on large or multiple Major Land Resource Areas
  • Provides expertise in soil taxonomy for the area
  • Provides technical soil services

Sample NRCS Training

  • Supervising for Excellence
  • Soil Science Institute
  • Management of Soil Survey by MLRA
  • 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

  • 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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