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The incumbent works as a Soil Scientist for either the Ashland or Grants Pass Field Office completing the following major duties:
- Develops and transmits to the Field Manager draft soils annual work plans for the field office. Makes program package recommendations in accordance with directives and applicable guidance. Coordinates the same with the District Soil Scientist. Implements those portions of the annual work plan which are funded.
- Participates on Interdisciplinary Teams as the soil expert for various NEPA documents associated with timber sales, right-of-way proposals, mining plans, fuels reduction, restoration, and other resource area projects.
- Coordinates effects analysis and ongoing survey findings with other specialists and/or the District Soil Scientist.
- Provides soils input into Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, Categorical Exclusions, Determinations of NEPA Adequacy, Right-of-Way easements, and other technical planning documents for forest management, recreation, mining, fuels reduction, wildlife management, and other activities where the proposed action may Impact soil stability, productivity, and/or water resources. Provides input into Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) plans.
- Reviews and assesses proposed timber, silvicultural, road construction, and other ground disturbing actions for slope stability concerns, erosion potential, and existing soil disturbance and compaction. Makes predictions on how soil resources will respond to proposed actions and proposes recommendations for mitigating or avoiding potential problems.
- Provides technical advice and recommends solutions to the field manager and other field office personnel on soil capabilities and limitations associated with the broad spectrum of forest management, watershed management, erosion control, recreation and other land uses. Provides expertise in ways to avoid conflict between soils and other resource objectives.
- Provides soil expertise to resource area planners for project protests and appeals
- Independently performs soil inventories, slope stability assessments, and soil productivity ratings. Updates timber productivity capability classification (TPCC) maps and data following soil inventories in cooperation with silviculture staff.
- Conducts field investigations of soil moisture, compaction, disturbance, and other soil resource values in support of planning and implementation of forest management activities.
- Performs occasional effectiveness monitoring review of recently completed projects to verify that Project Design Features were correctly implemented and that soil resources were affected as described in whatever analysis was performed.
- Develops and maintains professional or technical contacts to include up-to-date processes and techniques for analyses related to his/her area of expertise.
- Utilizes GIS and GPS to provide project soil resource location information to Interdisciplinary teams, and to manage and update soil datasets.
Work Environment: The employee's work environment will include both office and field. The incumbent will be required to operate a motor vehicle as necessary to get to and from the field. Climatic conditions range from hot, dry summers to wet, cloudy, cool winters. Special equipment such as heavy duty rain gear and boots will be required. The employee is expected to adapt to hazardous conditions and to perform the job in a safe and efficient manner.
Physical Demands: The work involves approximately 50% outside field work which may demand climbing, hiking, and working sometimes in extreme weather conditions. At times, hard physical labor will be expected.
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