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"Soil Conservationist"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Plan and develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil and water conservation, and sound land use.

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Soil Conservationist"

1) Develop, conduct and/or participate in surveys, studies and investigations of various land uses, gathering information for use in developing corrective action plans.

2) Monitor projects during and after construction to ensure projects conform to design specifications.


3) Plan soil management and conservation practices, such as crop rotation, reforestation, permanent vegetation, contour plowing, or terracing, to maintain soil and conserve water.

4) 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.

5) Compile and interpret wetland biodata to determine extent and type of wetland and to aid in program formulation.


6) Compute cost estimates of different conservation practices based on needs of land users, maintenance requirements and life expectancy of practices.

7) Conduct fact-finding and mediation sessions among government units, landowners, and other agencies in order to resolve disputes.

8) 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.

9) Initiate, schedule and conduct annual audits and compliance checks of program implementation by local government.

10) Manage field offices and involve staff in cooperative ventures.

11) Participate on work teams to plan, develop, and implement water and land management programs and policies.

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12) Provide access to programs and training to assist in completion of government groundwater protection plans.

13) Advise land users such as farmers and ranchers on conservation plans, problems and alternative solutions, and provide technical and planning assistance.

14) Analyze results of investigations to determine measures needed to maintain or restore proper soil management.


15) Compute design specifications for implementation of conservation practices, using survey and field information technical guides, engineering manuals, and calculator.

16) Respond to complaints and questions on wetland jurisdiction, providing information and clarification.

17) Review and approve amendments to comprehensive local water plans and conservation district plans.

18) Review annual reports of counties, conservation districts, and watershed management organizations, certifying compliance with mandated reporting requirements.

19) Review grant applications and make funding recommendations.

20) Review proposed wetland restoration easements and provide technical recommendations.

21) Revisit land users to view implemented land use practices and plans.

22) Survey property to mark locations and measurements, using surveying instruments.

23) Visit areas affected by erosion problems to seek sources and solutions.

24) Apply principles of specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture, to achieve conservation objectives.

25) Develop and maintain working relationships with local government staff and board members.

Job Description for "Soil Conservationist" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Soil Conservationist"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  I-R-C        SOC:  19-1031.01


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