NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist/Soil Conservationist/Soil Scientist/Agronomist in Portland, OR:

Open: 04/29/2021 to 05/31/2021


This Regional Soil Health Specialist (RSHS) position is on the NRCS National Soil Health Division (SHD) Staff in the Science and Technology Deputy Area. SHD is responsible for providing leadership on agency soil health policies, tools, practice standards, assessments, programs, technology, training, and approaches used by staff, partners, and customers to facilitate successful implementation of soil health management systems.


  • Serves as a point of contact for assistance to selected states to address regional and national soil health related priorities and needs and to facilitate successful implementation of soil health management systems by the entire agency.
  • Leads soil health strategies and priorities by providing training and technical assistance to NRCS personnel
  • Investigates, analyzes and evaluates highly complex problems and situations involving a wide variety of novel soil health circumstances and/or highly unusual conditions.
  • Serves as a Regional support leader for Soil Health activities associated with all agricultural land uses.
  • Works with all members of the Soil Health Division to provide national soil health guidance, direction, and technical support.
  • Contributes to Soil Health Division and interdisciplinary technical development of soil health related training materials, documents, assessment procedures, technical policy and outreach.
  • The incumbent works on interdisciplinary teams, across NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area and other Deputy areas to incorporate soil health science, technology, benefits and activities into soil health management systems activities and programs.
  • Works closely with members of other agencies, land grant universities and the private sector to identify and address major issues.
  • Collaborates on identifying applied soil health science and technology gaps and integration opportunities for assessment and production system implementation regionally and nationally.
  • Collaborates to develop and integrate new soil health technologies into soil health related practice standards, tools, technical guidance and planning and implementation of management systems for regional or national application.
  • Represents NRCS as a recognized soil health expert and advisor for the purpose of explaining soil health opportunities and to encourage cooperative efforts and continuity of message in solving natural resource concerns and problems.
  • Coordinates with State NRCS personnel in providing leadership and technical assistance to customers, conservation partners, and other interested parties on state-of-the-art soil health strategies, tools, practices, systems, and methodologies.

Travel Required

50% or less – You will be expected to travel for this position, post-pandemic, often multiple times per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Soil Conservationist (7 vacancies):
Open to the public. Applications accepted through 7/15/2021. The first batch of applications will be reviewed within two weeks.

  • Baker City
  • Central Point
  • Enterprise
  • John Day
  • McMinnville
  • Redmond
  • Tangent
  • Tillamook

Rangeland Management Specialist (1 vacancy):

Open to the public. Applications accepted through 7/15/2021. The first batch of applications will be reviewed within two weeks.

  • Ontario

Robert Hathorne
Business Services Specialist

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Portland, Oregon


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