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Soil Scientist Job Description

Summary

Responsible for evaluating and interpreting soils in order to understand soil resources and how they contribute to agricultural production, environmental quality, and human health.

Primary responsibilities

  • Evaluate and interpret soils and soil-related data.
  • Perform extensive research on soil morphology and soil forming factors, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil biology.
  • Investigate soils for application of wastes in a variety of forms, including non-hazardous process wastes (residue and sludge management) and more distinct engineering and suitability of sites for on-site disposal of residential waste.
  • Research soil systems and soil management by both public and private institutions.
  • Evaluate soils as they relate to natural resource management, including forest soils, wetlands, environmental endangerment assessments, ecological evaluations, and archeological sites.
  • Manage soils for land enhancement such as in landscape design, mine reclamation, and site restoration.
  • Assess soil for environmental hazards, including hazardous waste sites that involve soil investigation techniques, evaluation of chemical fate and transport phenomena, and suitable remediation alternatives.
  • Regulate the use of land and soil resources by private and public interests.
  • Manage soils for agricultural purposes, forest products and erosion control.
  • Modify nutrient and water availability.
  • Manage soils for protection of human affairs.
  • Evaluate soil conditions and help farmers, builders, and environmentalists decide how best to take advantage of local soils.
  • Consult with engineers and other technical personnel working on construction projects about the effects of, and solutions to, soil problems.
  • Serve as farm advisors, crop consultants, or representatives of agricultural companies.
  • Address water quality concerns.
  • Focus on the soil's role in a healthy ecosystem.

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