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19-1031.00 - Conservation Scientists

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.

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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
  • 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.
  • Visit areas affected by erosion problems to identify causes or determine solutions.
  • Develop or maintain working relationships with local government staff or board members.
  • Apply principles of specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture, to achieve conservation objectives.
  • Gather information from geographic information systems (GIS) databases or applications to formulate land use recommendations.
  • Compute design specifications for implementation of conservation practices, using survey or field information, technical guides or engineering manuals.
  • Participate on work teams to plan, develop, or implement programs or policies for improving environmental habitats, wetlands, or groundwater or soil resources.
  • Conduct fact-finding or mediation sessions among government units, landowners, or other agencies to resolve disputes.
  • Revisit land users to view implemented land use practices or plans.
  • Respond to complaints or questions on wetland jurisdiction, providing information or clarification.
  • Compute cost estimates of different conservation practices, based on needs of land users, maintenance requirements, or life expectancy of practices.
  • Provide information, knowledge, expertise, or training to government agencies at all levels to solve water or soil management problems or to assure coordination of resource protection activities.
  • Analyze results of investigations to determine measures needed to maintain or restore proper soil management.
  • Coordinate or implement technical, financial, or administrative assistance programs for local government units to ensure efficient program implementation or timely responses to requests for assistance.
  • Identify or recommend integrated weed and pest management (IPM) strategies, such as resistant plants, cultural or behavioral controls, soil amendments, insects, natural enemies, barriers, or pesticides.
  • Review proposed wetland restoration easements or provide technical recommendations.
  • Develop, conduct, or participate in surveys, studies, or investigations of various land uses to inform corrective action plans.
  • Develop soil maps.
  • Manage field offices or involve staff in cooperative ventures.
  • Plan soil management or conservation practices, such as crop rotation, reforestation, permanent vegetation, contour plowing, or terracing, to maintain soil or conserve water.
  • Initiate, schedule, or conduct annual audits or compliance checks of program implementation by local government.
  • Develop water conservation or harvest plans, using weather information systems, irrigation information management systems, or other sources of daily evapotranspiration (ET) data.
  • Review or approve amendments to comprehensive local water plans or conservation district plans.
  • Develop or conduct environmental studies, such as plant material field trials or wildlife habitat impact studies.
  • Enter local soil, water, or other environmental data into adaptive or Web-based decision tools to identify appropriate analyses or techniques.
  • Compile or interpret biodata to determine extent or type of wetlands or to aid in program formulation.
  • Review annual reports of counties, conservation districts, or watershed management organizations, certifying compliance with mandated reporting requirements.
  • Review grant applications or make funding recommendations.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 79%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 English Language
  • 78%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 70%
    Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • 68%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 Engineering and Technology
  • 68%
    Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 Law and Government
  • 67%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • 65%
    Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 62%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Administration and Management
  • 61%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 61%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Education and Training
  • 58%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 58%
    Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • 57%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Building and Construction
  • 57%
    Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • 52%
    Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 Food Production
  • 52%
    Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 Sales and Marketing
  • 51%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • 51%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 50%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 50%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 Economics and Accounting
  • 50%
    Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Sampling equipment
  • Water samplers
 Land surveying instruments
  • Theodolites
  • Total stations
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Digital cameras
 Audio and visual equipment
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
 Content management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AcrobatHOT
 Data management and query software
  • CroPMan
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • State Soil Geographic STATSGO Database
  • Water resources databases
 Development software
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages ASPHOT
 Industry specific software
  • Autodesk AutoCADHOT
  • Clover Technology GALENA
  • CropSyst Suite
  • Datasurge GEOPRO
  • Delft GeoSystems MStab
  • GFA2D
  • Interstudio Geo-Tec B
  • Landscape Management System LMS
  • Mitre Software GSLOPE
  • Salix Applied Earthcare Erosion Draw
  • Studio of Analytical Models STANMOD
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Forest Vegetation Simulator FVS
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA WinSRM
  • Water Soil and Hydro-Environmental Decision Support System WATERSHEDSS
  • WinEPIC
 Information exchange software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft OutlookHOT
  • ESRI ArcGIS softwareHOT
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Geographic information system GIS softwareHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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Environmental Scientist Environmental Corporation of America Thu, 04 Aug 2022 14:20:38 GMT | 4 days ago Remote This position will require travel to sites throughout the United States for in-person site assessments, independent research, compiling information from local,…
Entry-Level Environmental Scientist RTI International Thu, 21 Jul 2022 22:39:24 GMT | 18 days ago Durham, NC 27709 Desired experience includes a candidate with an environmental science or public health background, strong communication skills, a detail-oriented mindset,…
Assistant Geologist/Driller Assistant Terracon Consultants, Inc. Fri, 17 Jun 2022 11:32:31 GMT | 30+ days ago Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Generate subsurface maps and cross-sections and collaborate with engineering and environmental scientist staff on projects. Participate in pre-task planning.
PETROLEUM SCIENTIST 1-3 State of Louisiana Thu, 28 Jul 2022 03:18:53 GMT | 12 days ago Baton Rouge, LA Makes recommendations to supervisory petroleum scientists regarding permit reviews, aquifer studies, unitization proposals, tract evaluations and directional…
NATURAL RESOURCES SPECIALIST US Naval Facilities Engineering Command Tue, 09 Aug 2022 04:05:54 GMT | 3 hours ago Guam, GU Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: providing natural resources management support and advice within the command including formulating plans,…
Scientist Irvine Ranch Water District Tue, 26 Jul 2022 21:58:50 GMT | 13 days ago Irvine, CA Under general supervision, the successful candidate will perform various routine sample collection and/or analyses of potable water treatment, storage and…
Ecological Research Assistant Utah State University Sat, 09 Jul 2022 03:21:58 GMT | 30+ days ago Logan, UT 84322 Dr. Peter Adler (Utah State University) seeks research assistants to help implement and monitor a series of experiments focused on understanding how climate…
Conservation and Climate Adaptation Scientist University of California Santa Cruz Sat, 16 Jul 2022 20:28:47 GMT | 23 days ago Santa Cruz, CA 95064 The scientist will supervise research personnel, assist students in the group, and/or serve as a grant/contract Principal Investigator (PI).
GEOLOGIST 1/2/3 State of Louisiana Thu, 04 Aug 2022 21:10:09 GMT | 4 days ago Baton Rouge, LA This position is in the Remediation Division within the Office of Environmental Assessment. For recruitment purposes, applicants who are within 90 days of…
Marine Science Conservation Educator - AmeriCorps Strategic Energy Innovations Thu, 02 Jun 2022 08:45:48 GMT | 30+ days ago Sausalito, CA 94965 Creates content and resources around climate change, ocean trash and overfishing to support volunteers and guests communicate conservation and guidance around…
Research Associate I NMR Group, Inc. Thu, 14 Jul 2022 20:26:42 GMT | 25 days ago Somerville, MA 02144 Conducting onsite energy audits and technical analyses. Designing, implementing, and analyzing survey data. Performing descriptive quantitative analyses using R…
Environmental Field Scientists Environmental Staffing Resources Thu, 31 Mar 2022 14:30:33 GMT | 4 months ago Indianapolis, IN Position will be primarily in the field collecting samples (soil, water, air) as well as conducting site assessments. Willing to travel throughout the week.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST 1/2/3 State of Louisiana Tue, 09 Aug 2022 03:05:38 GMT | 4 hours ago Lake Charles, LA This position is in the Underground Storage Tank Division within the Office of Environmental Assessment. This position is domiciled in Calcasieu Parish (Lake…
Resource Conservationist Manitowoc County Fri, 08 Jul 2022 09:30:50 GMT | 30+ days ago Manitowoc, WI 54220 Manitowoc County is seeking a creative problem-solver with an affinity for environmental conservation and technical aptitude to design and install conservation…
Environmental Lab Aide NITELINES USA, INC Tue, 02 Aug 2022 17:51:42 GMT | 6 days ago Fort Myers, FL Ability to collect and field-test a wide variety of environmental samples. Including drinking water, wastewater, watersheds (natural streams, canals, ditches,…
Lab Pack - Driver CDL B Clean Earth Fri, 05 Aug 2022 05:26:14 GMT | 4 days ago Akron, OH 44319 The starting pay for this position is $24.00 per hour depending upon experience. We take care of the vehicle you’ll drive, we follow all safety protocols, and…
Assistant Scientist HydroGeoLogic, Inc Sat, 06 Aug 2022 07:34:29 GMT | 2 days ago Overland Park, KS 66210 Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Responsible for execution of environmental field tasks and related office work.
Wild Animal Keeper, Herpetology, Provisional Wildlife Conservation Society Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:30:05 GMT | 30+ days ago United States Primary Position Objectives: To perform any activity required for the captive life support systems necessary for animal wellbeing and exhibit appearance in the…
Consulting Utility Forester Davey Resource Group Thu, 04 Aug 2022 18:37:15 GMT | 4 days ago Ashland, KY 41101 TYPE: *Full-Time, some travel required. Our job is to help our clients provide a safe and reliable power source through proper vegetation management practices.
Associate Environmental Scientist - Fayetteville, NC Parsons Thu, 12 May 2022 20:36:40 GMT | 30+ days ago Hope Mills, NC In this role, you will be working at various remediation sites or water/wastewater treatment sites, performing technical support for the equipment.
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