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Soil Scientist-Resource Specialist

Date Posted:  Aug 5, 2019
Requisition ID:  14648

Connersville, IN, US, 47331

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This position will be located in one of the following county offices; Hancock, Henry, Wayne, Fayette or Union. 


The Indiana State Department of Agriculture – Division of Soil Conservation Resource Specialist develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans, and practices focused on agricultural landscapes across the Indiana Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) to improve soil health and water quality.  The Resource Specialist works collaboratively with the agriculture community to advance in-field practices that will benefit the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the region.  The Resource Specialist will work cooperatively with conservation partners to finish assigned work and serve as a member of the regional team. 

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

Gather and compile planning data on rural sites, including physical features such as soil limitations, erosion, surface drainage and sedimentation under the guidance of another ISDA employee or partner staff.


  • Meets with land users to encourage continued pursuit of conservation efforts, installation of planned practices, and proper maintenance of previously applied practices.
  • Check completed practices to determine if specifications are met. Complete job sheets and provide final certification within limits of engineering job approval authority. Advise landowners/operators to complete proper maintenance.
  • Provide support through Graphic Information System (GIS) work to other team members and partner staff.
  • Manage all aspects of the WLEB soil sampling program, including but not limited to advertising, collection, tracking, and reporting,.
  • Prepares time and progress reports and maintains field office records of ongoing projects.
  • Coordinates with other ISDA Resource Specialists to ensure that technical assistance requests are being adequately serviced.
  • Works closely with the regional partners to efficiently accomplish workload throughout the regional team.
  • Maintains close working relations with personnel of other divisions in the Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal, state, and local agencies and organizations.
  • Works with non-traditional landowners and assists them with maintaining nutrient management logs and certified Nutrient Management Plans.
  • Educates area landowners and/or producers on conservation practices, focusing on non-traditional landowners and/or producers.
Preferred Experience:
  • Advanced knowledge of soil and water conservation theories, principles, techniques, and practices, and expertise in the design, application, installation, and maintenance of those practices.
  • Advanced knowledge in surveying and layout of conservation practices.
  • Advanced understanding of modern farm equipment, practices, and specific knowledge of equipment, application, and operation.
  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university or college in physical or earth sciences, natural resources, biology, or agriculture. Four years of applicable work experience may substitute for the required degree;

  • Advanced knowledge of soil and water conservation theories, principles, techniques and practices.
  • Expertise in the design, application, installation and maintenance of those practices;
  • Specialized knowledge of modern agriculture methods;
  • Advanced knowledge in reading, interpreting and drafting engineering plans and specifications;
  • Advanced knowledge in surveying, computer-aided engineering design and layout of conservation practices;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Connersville

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