Conservation Scientists


Also called : Conservationist, Environmental Analyst, Erosion Control Specialist, Land Manager, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist, Resource Conservation Specialist, Resource Conservationist, So

What they do


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 a

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Customer and Personal Service
      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Biology
      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Engineering and Technology
      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    SKILLS


    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Complex Problem Solving
      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    ABILITIES


    • Oral Comprehension
      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Deductive Reasoning
      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity
      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Written Comprehension
      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Analytical or scientific software

    • Computer aided design CAD software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Document management software

    • Electronic mail software

    • Geographic information system

    • Graphics or photo imaging software

    • Internet browser software

    • Office suite software

    • Operating system software

    • Presentation software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Considerable Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Four-year bachelor degree

    • Experience

      A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupation

    • Jobtraining

      Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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