CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Soil Conservationists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Soil Conservationists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use. Develop and maintain working relationships with local government staff and board members.
 
Apply principles of specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture, to achieve conservation objectives.
 
Advise land users, such as farmers and ranchers, on conservation plans, problems and alternative solutions, and provide technical and planning assistance.
 
Plan soil management and conservation practices, such as crop rotation, reforestation, permanent vegetation, contour plowing, or terracing, to maintain soil and conserve water.
 
Visit areas affected by erosion problems to seek sources and solutions.
 
Monitor projects during and after construction to ensure projects conform to design specifications.
 
Compute design specifications for implementation of conservation practices, using survey and field information technical guides, engineering manuals, and calculators.
 
Revisit land users to view implemented land use practices and plans.
 
Coordinate and implement technical, financial, and administrative assistance programs for local government units to ensure efficient program implementation and timely responses to requests for assistance.
 
Analyze results of investigations to determine measures needed to maintain or restore proper soil management.
 
Participate on work teams to plan, develop, and implement water and land management programs and policies.
 
Develop, conduct, or participate in surveys, studies, and investigations of various land uses, gathering information for use in developing corrective action plans.
 
Survey property to mark locations and measurements, using surveying instruments.
 
Compute cost estimates of different conservation practices, based on needs of land users, maintenance requirements, and life expectancy of practices.
 
Provide information, knowledge, expertise, and training to government agencies at all levels to solve water and soil management problems and to assure coordination of resource protection activities.
 
Respond to complaints and questions on wetland jurisdiction, providing information and clarification.
 
Initiate, schedule, and conduct annual audits and compliance checks of program implementation by local government.
 
Compile and interpret wetland biodata to determine extent and type of wetland and to aid in program formulation.
 
Manage field offices and involve staff in cooperative ventures.
 
Review and approve amendments to comprehensive local water plans and conservation district plans.
 
Review proposed wetland restoration easements and provide technical recommendations.
 
Review grant applications and make funding recommendations.
 
Conduct fact finding and mediation sessions among government units, landowners, and other agencies to resolve disputes.
 
Review annual reports of counties, conservation districts, and watershed management organizations, certifying compliance with mandated reporting requirements.
 
Provide access to programs and training to assist in completion of government groundwater protection plans.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Soil Conservationists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Engineering and Technology 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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Geography 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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Administration and Management 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.
 
Customer and Personal Service 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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Clerical 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.
 
Psychology 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.
 
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Public Safety and Security 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.
 
Chemistry 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.
 
Physics 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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Soil Conservationists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Soil Conservationists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Soil Conservationists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Soil Conservationists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agriculture Consultant
Aquatic Ecologist
Aquatic/Terrestrial Habitat Restoration Technician
Biologist
Botany Technician
Conservation Agent
Conservation Policy Analyst
Conservation Specialist
Conservation of Resources Commissioner
Conservationist
Department of Natural Resources Officer (DNR Officer)
Ecologist Technician
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Planner
Erosion Control Specialist
Farm Planner
Land Manager
Land Reclamation Specialist
Land Resource Specialist
Range Conservationist
Research Soil Scientist
Resource Conservation Specialist
Resource Conservationist
Restoration Ecologist
Soil Conservation Technician
Soil Conservationist
Soil Scientist
Soil Surveyor
Terrestrial Ecologist
Watershed Program Manager
Wetlands Technician
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist - Physical/Biologcal
Benchmark Title: Soil Conservationists
 
 
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