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Soil & Water Conservationists

Also called: Soil Conservationist, Conservationist, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist

What they do:
Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use.
On the job, you would:
  • Implement soil or water management techniques, such as nutrient management, erosion control, buffers, or filter strips, in accordance with conservation plans.
  • Monitor projects during or after construction to ensure projects conform to design specifications.
  • Visit areas affected by erosion problems to identify causes or determine solutions.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology
  • geography
Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Clover Technology GALENA
  • CropSyst Suite
Data base user interface and query software
  • CroPMan
  • Microsoft Access
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcInfo

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$61,100
per year, on average
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