Projected job openings through 2030
Sample Career Roadmap
Top Expected Tasks
Apply principles of specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture, to achieve conservation objectives.
Plan soil management or conservation practices, such as crop rotation, reforestation, permanent vegetation, contour plowing, or terracing, to maintain soil or conserve water.
Monitor projects during or after construction to ensure projects conform to design specifications.
Advise land users, such as farmers or ranchers, on plans, problems, or alternative conservation solutions.
Implement soil or water management techniques, such as nutrient management, erosion control, buffers, or filter strips, in accordance with conservation plans.
Compute design specifications for implementation of conservation practices, using survey or field information, technical guides or engineering manuals.
Gather information from geographic information systems (GIS) databases or applications to formulate land use recommendations.
Participate on work teams to plan, develop, or implement programs or policies for improving environmental habitats, wetlands, or groundwater or soil resources.
Compute cost estimates of different conservation practices, based on needs of land users, maintenance requirements, or life expectancy of practices.
Develop or maintain working relationships with local government staff or board members.
Revisit land users to view implemented land use practices or plans.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Common knowledge, skills & abilities needed to get a foot in the door.
Customer and Personal Service
Complex Problem Solving
(STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics