Conservation Scientists:

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.

Also includes

Range Managers , Park Naturalists

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $63,320.00
Average Time to Fill 35 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 331
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 8.05 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Technology and Tool Usage
Work Ethic

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Getting Information

Survey land or properties
Conduct climatological research
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Research agricultural processes or practices
Collect geographical or geological field data
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions
Conduct field trips
Conduct historical research
Conduct biological research
Research livestock management methods
Determine styles worn during historical periods
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Conduct plant location surveys
Research crop management methods
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys
Review maps to determine location or routes
Gather information for news stories

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Manage project life cycle
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage laboratory environment or facility
Direct civil engineering projects
Manage organizational facilities
Manage waste removal and recycling programs
Oversee execution of organizational or program policies
Direct fire fighting, prevention, or suppression activities
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Supervise scientific or research based personnel
Manage agricultural or forestry operations
Conduct forestry, range, or other public land management

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

Plan ecological projects such as forestation, reforestation, or range revegetation
Conduct long-term forest or range land planning
Plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs
Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects
Plan construction of structures or facilities
Plan art, museum, or historical exhibits
Plan scientific, research, or investigative studies
Manage projects to keep within time, cost, and quality guidelines
Plan environmental research
Develop plans for scientific or research related programs, projects, or services

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Measure environmental characteristics
Inspect condition of natural environments
Monitor soil response to management practices
Monitor project risk mitigation plan
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Monitor project scope guidelines
Monitor soil conditions
Monitor forage plant growth
Protect forests from accidental fires and fire damage
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions
Monitor wildlife populations

Thinking Creatively

Design ponds and lakes
Write research or project grant proposals
Develop public policies, procedures, or standards
Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources
Develop agricultural methods
Write business project or bid proposals
Design construction projects
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Capture photographs digitally or on film
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise planning officials concerning regional or urban projects
Advise persons on rural or urban land use
Advise scientific or research personnel
Advise others on scientific or research based issues
Advise others on the development or use of new technologies
Advise others about land management or conservation
Recommend conservation measures
Recommend action to ensure legal or regulatory compliance
Advise others regarding environmental practices, standards, or concerns

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze ecosystem data
Interpret aerial photographs
Analyze environmental data
Analyze forest conditions
Analyze soil to determine fertilizer requirements
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Perform cost benefit analysis
Interpret laws or legislation

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identify characteristics of cloth, fabric, paper or pulp
Identify plant diseases
Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Identify properties of soil or fluid samples
Identify animal or insect species
Identify tree or plant species
Identify characteristics of livestock, domestic animals, and other animals
Identify erosion patterns
Identify characteristics of plants, crops, and tree species

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Performance Appraisals
Motor Vehicle Operation
Customer Contact
Supervisory Skills
Fire Suppression

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