Soil Water Conservationist

Soil and water conservationists work to discover, develop, implement, and constantly improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity, and enhances the environment at the same time.

 

Sample of Reported Job Titles

Soil Conservationist, Conservationist, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist, Environmental Analyst, Resource Conservation Specialist, Resource Conservationist, Erosion Control Specialist, Land Manager, Watershed Program Manager

 

Summary

Conservation scientists manage, improve, and protect the country's natural resources. They work with landowners and Federal, State, and local governments to devise ways to use and improve the land while safeguarding the environment. Conservation scientists mainly advise farmers, farm managers, and ranchers on how they can improve their land for agricultural purposes and to control erosion. A growing number of conservation scientists are also advising landowners and governments on recreational uses for the land.

Soil and water conservationists provide technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, forest managers, State and local agencies, and others concerned with the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. They develop programs for private landowners designed to make the most productive use of land without damaging it. Soil conservationists also assist landowners by visiting areas with erosion problems, finding the source of the problem, and helping landowners and managers develop management practices to combat it. Water conservationists also assist private landowners and federal, state, and local governments by advising on water quality, preserving water supplies, groundwater contamination, and management and conservation of water resources.

 

Educational Requirements

Conservation scientists generally have at least a bachelor's degree in fields such as ecology, natural resource management, agriculture, biology, or environmental science. A master’s degree or PhD is usually required for teaching and research positions. To work in certain areas of conservation might require a professional license.

 

Median Salary 2012

$61,100

 

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Science Buddies-Soil & Water Conservationist

O*NET Soil & Water Conservationists

British Ecological Society

Bureau of Labor Statistics-Conservation Scientists & Foresters

 

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Soil Science Society of America

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Natural Resources Conservation Service LinkedIn Group

Soil and Water Conservation Society LinkedIn Group

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Information retrieved from http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/19-1031.01, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/conservation-scientists.htm#tab-2

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