Soil and Water Conservationists


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+6.3% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Soil and Water Conservationists Do

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

Other Job Titles Soil and Water Conservationists May Have

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

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop or maintain working relationships with local government staff or board members.
  • 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.
  • Revisit land users to view implemented land use practices or plans.

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