Career Details for Soil & Water Conservationists

Soil & Water Conservationists

Also called:

Conservationist, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist, Soil Conservationist

What they do:

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

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.
  • 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.

lightbulb KNOWLEDGE

Business

  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • biology
  • geography

Engineering and Technology

  • product and service development

pencil 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

trophy 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

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Self Control

computer 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

Map creation software

  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcInfo

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bachelor's degree or
associate's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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AVERAGE

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

SALARY
$61,810


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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