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Senior Regional Soil Scientist: Senior (GS 13)

Job Description

This person serves as the senior regional technical expert for all phases of soil survey. They assist the Soil Survey Regional Director with ensuring that soil survey production is maintained while also maintaining quality throughout the region. They serve as the liaison from the regional office to the MLRA soil survey offices. They review and provide quality assurance and correlation for all soil survey products. They also maintain dialogue between state soil scientists and other cooperators.

Job Duties

  • Serves as the technical expert for all phases of the soil survey program; works with MLRA Soil Survey Office staff, State Soil Scientists, other Soil Survey Regional staff, and other Federal agencies to develop and monitor a five year work plan for the Soil Survey Region
  • Assists the Soil Survey Regional Director in monitoring soil survey production across the region and working to improve productivity; coordinates soil investigations, special projects, and geomorphic assistance within the region
  • Develops and recommends policy changes and guidelines for soil survey technical functions; develops and issues guidance for applying standards and interpretive guides

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

  • Assists in the development of the regional business plan including budgets, staffing, and goals
  • Provides quality assurance of spatial and tabular soil data
  • Provides expertise in soil taxonomy for the region including proposed revisions to soil taxonomy
  • Serves as liaison to Soil Survey technical leaders and Soil Survey offices
  • Collaborates with State Soil Scientists

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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