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Soil and Water Conservationists - 19-1031.01

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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

SOC Occupation Groups

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-1000 Life Scientists
19-1030 Conservation Scientists and Foresters
19-1031.00 Conservation Scientists
19-1031.01 Soil and Water Conservationists

Related Occupations


  • Advise land users, such as farmers or ranchers, on plans, problems, or alternative conservation solutions.
  • Analyze results of investigations to determine measures needed to maintain or restore proper soil management.
  • Apply principles of specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture, to achieve conservation objectives.
  • Calculate or compare efficiencies associated with changing from low-precision irrigation technologies, such as furrow irrigation, to high-precision technologies, such as computer-controlled systems.
  • Compile or interpret biodata to determine extent or type of wetlands or to aid in program formulation.
  • Compute cost estimates of different conservation practices, based on needs of land users, maintenance requirements, or life expectancy of practices.
  • Compute design specifications for implementation of conservation practices, using survey or field information, technical guides or engineering manuals.
  • Conduct fact-finding or mediation sessions among government units, landowners, or other agencies to resolve disputes.
  • Coordinate or implement technical, financial, or administrative assistance programs for local government units to ensure efficient program implementation or timely responses to requests for assistance.
  • Develop or conduct environmental studies, such as plant material field trials or wildlife habitat impact studies.
  • Develop or maintain working relationships with local government staff or board members.
  • Develop water conservation or harvest plans, using weather information systems, irrigation information management systems, or other sources of daily evapotranspiration (ET) data.
  • Develop, conduct, or participate in surveys, studies, or investigations of various land uses to inform corrective action plans.
  • Enter local soil, water, or other environmental data into adaptive or Web-based decision tools to identify appropriate analyses or techniques.
  • Evaluate or recommend geographic information systems (GIS) applications to address issues such as surface water quality, groundwater quality, ecological risk assessments, air quality, or environmental contamination.
  • Gather information from geographic information systems (GIS) databases or applications to formulate land use recommendations.
  • Identify or recommend integrated weed and pest management (IPM) strategies, such as resistant plants, cultural or behavioral controls, soil amendments, insects, natural enemies, barriers, or pesticides.
  • Implement soil or water management techniques, such as nutrient management, erosion control, buffers, or filter strips, in accordance with conservation plans.
  • Initiate, schedule, or conduct annual audits or compliance checks of program implementation by local government.
  • Manage field offices or involve staff in cooperative ventures.
  • Monitor projects during or after construction to ensure projects conform to design specifications.
  • Participate on work teams to plan, develop, or implement programs or policies for improving environmental habitats, wetlands, or groundwater or soil resources.
  • Plan soil management or conservation practices, such as crop rotation, reforestation, permanent vegetation, contour plowing, or terracing, to maintain soil or conserve water.
  • Provide access to programs or training to assist in completion of government groundwater protection plans.
  • Provide information, knowledge, expertise, or training to government agencies at all levels to solve water or soil management problems or to assure coordination of resource protection activities.
  • Respond to complaints or questions on wetland jurisdiction, providing information or clarification.
  • Review annual reports of counties, conservation districts, or watershed management organizations, certifying compliance with mandated reporting requirements.
  • Review grant applications or make funding recommendations.
  • Review or approve amendments to comprehensive local water plans or conservation district plans.
  • Review proposed wetland restoration easements or provide technical recommendations.
  • Revisit land users to view implemented land use practices or plans.
  • Survey property to mark locations or measurements, using surveying instruments.
  • Visit areas affected by erosion problems to identify causes or determine solutions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Advise others about land management or conservation.
  • Advise others on the development or use of new technologies.
  • Analyze environmental data.
  • Apply knowledge or research findings to address environmental problems.
  • Assess compliance with environmental laws.
  • Collect geographical or geological field data.
  • Communicate with the public on environmental issues.
  • Compile environmental or climatological data.
  • Develop collaborative relationships between departments or with external organizations.
  • Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources.
  • Direct natural resources management or conservation programs.
  • Evaluate new technologies or methods.
  • Inspect condition of natural environments.
  • Mediate disputes.
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Plan environmental research.
  • Plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Research impacts of environmental conservation initiatives.
  • Research sustainable agricultural processes or practices.
  • Review environmental permits, plans, or reports.
  • Review plans or proposals for environmental conservation.
  • Survey land or properties.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Soil-Conservation Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Soil Conservationist