OSSS semi-regularly updates our opportunities board with positions related to soil science that members share with us. Below you can find positions for career professionals, students (internships, lab positions, or temporary full-time jobs for current undergraduate and graduate students), and information on federal careers in soil science.

If you would like to advertise a position, click the link below to submit a form with the position information!

Opportunities Board Submission Form

Career Positions

Assistant Professor in Soil Microbiology and Ecology, Oregon State University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

  • Application Deadline: April 21, 2024
  • Location: Corvallis, OR
  • Salary: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience
  • Link: OSU Assistant Professor Soil Microbiology
  • Brief Position Description (full description on application website):
    • The primary purpose of this position is to develop and lead a nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program in soil microbiology and ecology. Potential research areas will address current issues related to sustainable agriculture, environmental quality, and climate change. Research topic areas may include carbon and nitrogen cycling, microbial communities, disease suppressive soils, microbiome characterization, biological soil health indicators, bioremediation, rhizosphere ecology, plant-microbial interactions, microbial ecology, soil biodiversity and conservation, and greenhouse gas emissions from soils.
    • Key Responsibilities: 55% Research, 20% Scholarship (publishing research in peer-reviewed journals, sharing research with extension services, etc.), 20% Teaching and advising, 5% Service.

Student Positions

Stay tuned for more student opportunities!

Looking for scholarship information? Check it out here!

Federal Careers

Quick Links to Currently Open Federal Opportunities

Here are some quick links to federal soil science jobs in Oregon and Washington. Sometimes unrelated jobs will come up in these searches, so keep in mind that some additional searching within these results will be required. These search links are not all-inclusive and some jobs may be missed by these queries!

USA Jobs Links (Federal Jobs Board)

USA Jobs Homepage

The following hyperlinks below will take you directly to the USA Jobs website search for currently open jobs listed under those position titles.

Natural Resources Specialist

Natural Resource Specialist – Soil resource specialists with The Bureau of Land Management and Natural Resource Conservation Service are often listed in this job series.

Soil Conservationists – This job series is common for soil scientists working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Biological Science Technician – These positions are often how seasonal opportunities in soil science across the BLM and USFS are advertised. They do require more diligent searching in their job descriptions to find out which are soils-specific, as everything from wildlife biology to hydrology can be the focus of these positions.

Federal Employment Outreach

Federal positions will often have an “outreach” period where interested applicants can send their resume to and communicate directly with hiring managers for specific jobs before they are advertised on USA Jobs. This is a great opportunity to ensure you stand out as an applicant and to get information about the specific position or duty locations, which is not always very apparent on USA Jobs. Click below for the direct link to current outreach advertisements with the Forest Service.

USFS Employment Outreach Portal

  • Information on Natural Resource Specialists positions at the Department of Interior: https://www.doi.gov/careers/careers/natural-resource-specialist
  • Soil Scientist (0470 series) qualifications for all federal positions