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.

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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 (2016-2026) 212
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 3.70 %

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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

Conduct climatological research
Survey land or properties
Collect statistical data
Conduct field research
Collect geographical or geological field data
Research agricultural processes or practices
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions
Conduct historical research
Conduct field trips
Research livestock management methods
Conduct biological research
Determine styles worn during historical periods
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Research crop management methods
Conduct plant location 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 civil engineering projects
Manage laboratory environment or facility
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Oversee execution of organizational or program policies
Manage waste removal and recycling programs
Manage organizational facilities
Direct fire fighting, prevention, or suppression activities
Conduct forestry, range, or other public land management
Manage agricultural or forestry operations
Supervise scientific or research based personnel
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

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

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

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

Thinking Creatively

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

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

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

Analyzing Data or Information

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

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

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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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