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Soil Conservationist

NRCS Soil Conservationists spend most of their time in the field working with farmers and other land users. They offer conservation planning and technical assistance to farmers, local government officials, and other land owners. Soil Conservationist specialize in ways to conserve the soil, improve water quality, manage nutrients, and protect and improve wildlife habitat. To qualify as a Soil Conservationist with NRCS you must possess a degree in soil conservation or related discipline such as natural resources, agriculture, agronomy, soil, plant or crop science. Coursework must include 30 semester hours in agriculture or the natural sciences. In addition, you must have at least 12 semester hours in soil, crop, or plant science. A minimum of three of those 12 credit hours must be soil science.

Soil Conservation Technicians

Soil Conservation Technicians work on the land with farmers to show them how to install conservation practices and oversee the quality of those practices. They perform engineering surveys and design standard conservation practices such as waterways, terraces, and agricultural waste management systems. To qualify as a Soil Conservation Technician you must possess knowledge of farm operations. Coursework or experience that involved designing and implementing conservation practices. 

Soil Scientists

Soil Scientists map and classify soils.  They identify problems such as wetness and erosion. They use aerial photographs to map soils and write soil descriptions.  Soil Scientists sample soils and evaluate quality, analyze watershed information and record changes in land use patterns.  To qualify as a Soil Scientist you must possess a degree in soil science or a closely related discipline.  Coursework must have included 30 semester hours in biological, physical, or earth science.  Additionally, you must have at least 15 semester hours in courses such as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics or soil fertility.  More information


NRCS Engineers develop and utilize specialized skills in erosion control, water management, structural design, constructions, hydraulics, soil mechanics, and environmental protection.  They develop and implement stream bank and erosion control measures and water supply systems.  Engineers design waste management systems and concrete and earthen dams.  NRCS typically employs agricultural, civil, or environmental engineers.  To qualify as an Engineer you must possess a bachelor's degree in agricultural, civil, or environmental engineering. 

Civil Engineering Technician

Civil Engineering Technicians plan and design structures used in conservation practices. They survey the land and lay out the construction measures. Civil Engineering Technicians gather data, make computations, prepare maps and cross sections of profiles. They also serve as on-site inspectors during construction. Qualifications for Civil Engineering Technicians include coursework or experience in the engineering field. More information

Professional and Scientific Positions

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