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Supervisory Soil Scientist - National Leader: Manager (GS 14-15)

Job Description

This person has national responsibility for the conceptualization, organization, management and national technical leadership of aspects of soil survey such as technical soil services, soil business, soil survey standards, and soil survey research and the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory.

Job Duties

  • Leads, manages, guides, and directs all activities of the Soil Survey Research and Laboratory Branch and ensures cooperation among its members and other National Soil Science Center (NSSC) Branches
  • Provides leadership in research efforts needed for the development of concepts, criteria and procedures required to properly name, classify, correlate, characterize, and interpret the nation's soils
  • Coordinates with scientists in other federal agencies, state agencies, universities and private organizations in selecting priorities and formulating research strategies and coordinating laboratory procedures

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

  • Develops operating plans including budgets, staffing, and goals (division-level)
  • Develops and monitors performance plans and addresses performance issues
  • Markets agency mission in alignment with soil programs - with National Cooperative Soil Survey partners (internal and external)
  • Manages national subject matter expertise in an area of specialization (e.g., soil taxonomy, soil database, GIS, (soil) interpretations, geomorphology, developing curriculum, ground penetrating radar (GPR) and electromagnetic imaging (EMI) technology, soil investigations and laboratory analysis)

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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