Posted 7/24/18

Oregon NRCS is going to advertise several entry level Soil Conservationist positions very soon. You must be a degree holder to qualify so please spread the word to graduates who may be interested in a career helping people help the land!

Positions will be advertised at Set up your profile now!

From Human Resources: We fully anticipate vacancy announcements for several Soil Conservationist positions, external recruitments 0457-05/07/09 for multiple locations. We expect these to hit the street by Tues. or Weds. of next week. Please spread the word through your contacts, partners, etc.

Locations will include:

  • Klamath Falls (2)
  • Ontario
  • Tillamook
  • John Day
  • Roseburg
  • Oregon City


Posted 3/26/18

Job Announcement Number: NRCS-18-0158-PW-AC has been cancelled and replaced with Job Vacancy Announcement: NRCS-18-0182-PW-AC.

The vacancy announcement advertising these positions GS-0499-03 (FPL 04) Student Trainee (Rangeland Management) in the following locations:  Eureka, CA; Hutchinson, KS; Bridger, MT; Mott, ND; Stillwater, OK, and Havre, MT  will open on March 26, 2018 and close on April 2, 2018. You may use the following updated URL for more information:


Posted 3-14-18

Onsite Wastewater Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4-EHS) Portland, OR

This announcement, DEQ18-0032 will remain open until March 22, 2018 If you previously applied for this position it is not necessary to reapply. Your name will automatically be added to the list of qualified candidates for this recruitment.

Details on this recruitment and instructions for applying may be found here: Onsite Wastewater Specialist (Natural Resource Specialist 4-EHS)

Please contact Mike Kucinski at  with questions regarding this position.

DEQ employees may review all current DEQ recruitments by visiting the State Jobs page at the links below.

►To review job postings that are only available to current state employees, select “Environmental Quality” under the heading “Departments.” (link)

►To review job postings that are also available to the public, select “Environmental Quality” under the heading “Departments.” (link)

Posted 1-23-18

Tree Fruit Extension Research and Extension Technician

Join WSU’s Tree Fruit Extension Team. Nationally, Washington ranks first in the production of apples, sweet cherries, and pears. The Washington tree fruit industry contributes more than $6 billion of annual impact to the state’s economy. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources. Together with the State’s tree fruit industry, Washington State University strives to be the world leader in tree fruit research and education. In this position you will be part of the Extension program based in Wenatchee WA focusing on sustainable pest and disease management as well as soil and water management in Tianna DuPont’s lab. This position is an early career opportunity for someone interested in a career in Extension, research or the tree fruit industry. Visit for more information about the team. Visit to apply, position number 126903.


This position will focus on soil quality, fire blight, replant disease and irrigation research and extension. The incumbent will work as part of Tianna DuPont’s Tree Fruit Extension program team in North Central Washington which concentrates in the areas of sustainable pest management, organic tree fruit production, and soil health. The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including field work, laboratory analysis, and organization of workshops and outreach activities. The incumbent will be responsible for managing and implementing fire blight, orchard floor management, soil quality and irrigation trials, and assisting in outreach efforts. Required duties include field work including implementation, maintenance and data collection in trials. Other required activities include data entry, summary, statistical analysis, preparation of presentations and reports, workshop evaluation, and workshop marketing. He/She will assist in facilitating and advertising educational events and creating educational materials. Strong communication skills including written and verbal communication a must. Spanish language fluency highly desired to present and write outreach materials to Spanish language audiences. High level of capability in computer software (spreadsheets, word processing and presentation) and the ability to learn new software required. Requirements include the ability to locate and purchase supplies, schedule and execute activities independently, and learn new procedures and protocols as required. Experimental and analytical skills, precision, reliability, understanding and knowledge of research theory, excellent organizational skills are required. Ability to work outdoors in all-weather required.

Tianna DuPont
WSU Extension Specialist
(509) 663-8181 ext 211
(509) 713-5346 (cell)

Posted 1-2-18

Job opening for a soil scientist position permitting onsite septic systems in Clackamas County.

Posted 1-3-18

Soil Scientist GS-0470-11

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is planning to fill one full time Soil Scientist, GS-0470-11. The duty location will be Cle Elum Ranger District, covering the southern zone of the Forest.  The position will cover land management activities on the Cle Elum and Naches Ranger Districts, within the Upper Yakima Basin of Kittitas and Yakima Counties.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee is a progressive and complex forest working aggressively on restoration efforts with a multitude of collaborators. The Forest is the focus of national and regional initiatives to restore forest patterns, processes, and functions to increase resilience to climate change and to disturbances.

If interested, please respond with your interest in the outreach database and send an e-mail response to Michelle Capp, Cle Elum District Ranger, no later than the close of business January 5, 2018 at

Position duties include:

  • Supplies soil related information to the land management planning process. Provides technical expertise in analyzing this information.  Determines resource potentials, suggests alternative management practices, predicts the effect of each management alternative, and assesses the resource trade-offs required to build an optimum program.  Formulates and recommends Forest short range programs for soils management and provides technical evaluation and support to the development of long range plans.
  • Makes assigned soil management investigations of soil management problem areas, analyzes this data, and makes recommendations which are used in preparing integrated plans for resource management activities on the Forest. Advises land managers of capabilities and limitations of soils for a variety of contemplated uses and activities (e.g., timber sales, watershed rehabilitation projects, transportation planning, or recreation development).  Serves on interdisciplinary teams conducting environmental analyses of proposed projects.
  • Provides soil related information needed to develop and maintain the Forest Land Management Plan, compartment examination prescriptions, and other project proposals and environmental analyses. Monitors ongoing projects to evaluate the effects of management practices on the soil.  Serves as a technical expert on environmental programs that involve complex and conflicting program goals and requirements.
  • Conducts reconnaissance and detailed soil surveys in areas of moderate complexity. Is completely responsible for development and interpretation of soil survey legend.  Prepares inventory reports which include inventory descriptions, and map unit descriptions characteristics.
  • Establishes and maintains an up-to-date inventory   of   proposed   rehabilitation   projects by priorities. Serves as   project Makes field investigations following fires to appraise damages to the watershed and recommend treatment for rehabilitation of the area. Inspects and evaluates completed watershed rehabilitation projects to determine their effectiveness.
  • Participates in the land management planning Provides professional hydrologic input into the development of the Forest plan, which involves gathering data, analyzing data, and making recommendations. Participates as required in the development of environmental assessments or environmental impact statements.
  • Participates in the preparation of input to the annual and long range program and budget process by recommending priorities of soil projects.
We are seeking an individual who has:
  • Good oral and written communication skills for the public and Forest Service
  • Forest restoration experience
  • Quality leadership and team building
  • A safe and professional working attitude, and
  • Someone who creates a work environment that respects, appreciates, and accepts the contributions and perspectives of all employees.

Anyone interested in further information about the vacancy should contact Molly Hanson, Forest hydrologist, at 509-664-9330 Please return the outreach response form, attached, by January 13, 2017.