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Become A Soil Conservationist

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Working As A Soil Conservationist

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $72,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Soil Conservationist does

  • Provided assistance to landowners in nutrient and pest management for water quality.
  • Helped with various programs dealing with EQIP, CRP, CCRP, and WHIP.
  • Design, implement, and certify resource management systems with structural and agronomic conservation practices.
  • Completed wildlife and cultural resource surveys for every project involved in an undertaking.
  • Provided technical assistance to farmers and ranchers on Farm Bill conservation programs.
  • Performed National Resource Inventory (NRI) assessments in the field using point-interceptquadrat research techniques.
  • Obtained Nutrient Management Plan Writer certification in May 2013.
  • *Followed government rules and regulations with regards to being a Soil Conservationist.
  • Farm Bill programs and other state and local level programs are managed.
  • Administered Farm Bill conservation programs- EQIP, CSP, WHIP, & EWP.
  • Implemented the conservation practices for the WRP.
  • Utilized Arcmap to prepare soil and planning maps for CSP applications.
  • Summer 2004: Conducted the road side tillage survey, worked with GPS and AMA.
  • Experienced in utilizing GIS and NRCS planning & contracting software, including Toolkit and Protracts.
  • Used Toolkit ArcGIS for planning activities.
  • Assist the District Conservationist, technically and administratively, in managing a soil, water and resource conservation programs.
  • Assist with HEL and Wetland determinations including creating maps utilizing ArcGIS and completing forms using Adobe Acrobat.
  • Partnered with Michigan State University Extension and CD to host "Highland Ag and Natural ResourceConference".

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How To Become A Soil Conservationist

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.

Education

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.

Advancement

Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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Top Skills for A Soil Conservationist

WaterConservationPlansNaturalResourceAgronomicConservationPracticesWetlandDeterminationsCRPIncreaseWildlifeHabitatToolkitTechnicalAssistanceGPSEqipConservationProgramsArc-GisUsdaNrcsWaterQualityCulturalResourceResourceInventoryConservationServiceWRPCSPSoilConservation

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Top Soil Conservationist Skills

  1. Water Conservation Plans
  2. Natural Resource
  3. Agronomic Conservation Practices
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Partnered with Michigan State University Extension and CD to host "Highland Ag and Natural ResourceConference".
  • Design, implement, and certify resource management systems with structural and agronomic conservation practices.
  • Awarded for completing thirty-two certified wetland determinations during a critical workload period.
  • Storm Lake, IA Field OfficeCompleted over 120 CRP mid-contract management reviews.
  • Attended Customer Service Toolkit Training Session at State Office in Harrisburg.