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Soil and Water Conservationists

Plan or develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil or water conservation, or sound land use.   (O'Net 19-1031.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Agriculture Consultant, Aquatic Ecologist, Aquatic/Terrestrial Habitat Restoration Technician, Biologist, Botany Technician, Conservation Agent, Conservation Engineer, Conservation of Resources Commissioner, Conservation Policy Analyst, Conservation Specialist, Conservationist, Department of Natural Resources Officer (DNR Officer), Ecologist Technician, Environmental Analyst, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Planner, Erosion and Sediment Control Professional, Erosion Control Coordinator, Erosion Control Design and Installation Contractor, Erosion Control Specialist, Farm Planner, Field Agronomist, Filter Changing Technician, Land Manager, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist, Land Use Planner, Range Conservationist, Research Soil Scientist, Resource Conservation Specialist, Resource Conservationist, Restoration Ecologist, Soil and Water Conservation District Manager, Soil Conservation Technician, Soil Conservationist, Soil Scientist, Soil Surveyor, Terrestrial Ecologist, Water Conservation Specialist, Watershed Program Manager, Wetland Scientist, Wetlands Technician
 
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    Wages
    for Conservation Scientists which includes:
                          - Soil and Water Conservationists
                          - Range Managers
                          - Park Naturalists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.63   $ 18.85   $ 24.33   $ 33.23   $ 42.11   $ 29.07  
    Yearly $34,590   $39,200   $50,600   $69,120   $87,590   $60,460  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 23.54   $ 26.86   $ 33.23   $ 42.31   $ 48.85   $ 34.70  
    Yearly $48,970   $55,870   $69,130   $88,010   $101,600   $72,190  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.20   $ 17.50   $ 19.25   $ 28.49   $ 37.03   $ 24.11  
    Yearly $33,710   $36,400   $40,030   $59,260   $77,020   $50,140  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.42   $ 18.51   $ 22.99   $ 29.25   $ 37.03   $ 28.79  
    Yearly $34,150   $38,500   $47,810   $60,850   $77,020   $59,880  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Conservation Scientists which includes:
                                  - Soil and Water Conservationists
                                  - Range Managers
                                  - Park Naturalists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 111 130 1.6% 7
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Conservation Scientists which includes:
                                - Soil and Water Conservationists
                                - Range Managers
                                - Park Naturalists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 34.3%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 24.1%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 17.5%
    Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations 9.7%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 4.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Soil and Water Conservationists
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  • 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.
     
  • Advise land users, such as farmers or ranchers, on plans, problems, or alternative conservation 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
    for Soil and Water Conservationists
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  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
    for Soil and Water Conservationists
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  • 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.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
    for Soil and Water Conservationists
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • 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).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
    for Soil and Water Conservationists
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
    for Soil and Water Conservationists
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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Soil and Water Conservationists
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Soil and Water Conservationists
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Soil and Water Conservationists  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Soil and Water Conservationists
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. (NEW)
     
    • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management.
     
    • Land Use Planning and Management/Development.
     
    • Natural Resources Management and Policy.
     
    • Natural Resources/Conservation, General.
     
    • Range Science and Management.
     
    • Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management.
     
    • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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