Soil Scientist

Job 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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