Job Overview


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

Salary listed above is a range. However, some locations listed may offer additional locality pay. To determine the salary for a specific location go to:

The incumbents will serve as a Soil Conservationist in the local field office selected in, assisting the District Conservationist in developing and implementing a comprehensive natural resource conservation program.

These are developmental positions with an entry level of GS-5 and promotion potential to the full performance level of GS-9. Selections will be made at either the GS-5 or GS-7 level.


The duties are the same as described in the target position description, GS-9. This is a developmental position. The incumbent will initially receive closer supervision in performance of assignments.

Works with farmers and other landowners to develop conventional conservation plans addressing resource concerns; provides information concerning Farm Bill and State Conservation Programs; and develops conservation contracts according to the NRCS Conservation Program Contracting Manual. Performs on-site inventory and evaluations; recommends and assists in conducting necessary preliminary surveys; and provides recommendations for feasible practices to solve resource concerns. Recommends practices to farmers and ranchers which help control erosion and conserve soil and water. Interprets soil survey data for community-owned land sites. Plans soil management and conservation practices, such as crop rotation, water quality/quantity improvement, considers grazing resources, permanent vegetation, irrigation efficiency, to maintain soil and conserve water. Evaluates the effects of land use alternatives on soil, water, plant, air and animal resources. Provides assistance to landowners in nutrient and pest management for water quality.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to training and meetings.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid as allowable by law.
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    11 vacancies in the following locations

    • Akron, CO
    • Ekalaka, MT
    • Ashley, ND
    • Bismarck, ND
    • Bowbells, ND
    • Linton, ND
    • Wahpeton, ND
    • Beaver City, NE
    • Grant, NE
    • Nelson, NE
    • Sidney, NE