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Conservation Scientists

Also called: Conservationist, Environmental Analyst, Resource Conservationist, Soil Conservationist

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What they do:
Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.
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.
  • Advise land users, such as farmers or ranchers, on plans, problems, or alternative conservation solutions.
  • Monitor projects during or after construction to ensure projects conform to design specifications.

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 practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
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 Hot Technology
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology
  • Geographic information system GIS software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$62,660
$39,270
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