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Soil and Water Conservationists
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 180

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $29.32 - $47.56

Typical Annual Salary: $61,000 - $98,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Visit areas affected by erosion problems to identify causes or determine solutions.
  • Monitor projects during or after construction to ensure projects conform to design specifications.
  • Manage field offices or involve staff in cooperative ventures.
  • Develop or maintain working relationships with local government staff or board members.
  • Plan soil management or conservation practices, such as crop rotation, reforestation, permanent vegetation, contour plowing, or terracing, to maintain soil or conserve water.
  • 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.

tools & technology

  • Laser measuring systems
  • Levels
  • Soil core sampling apparatus
  • Theodolites
  • Water samplers

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Map creation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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