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The incumbent in this parenthetical specialty serves as the principal staff resource person for the California Department of Forestry in the Soil Vegetation Program and is responsible for developing and managing the soil vegetation survey; serves as the principal staff adviser for soil vegetation research; directs a staff of scientific professionals and/or technicians in the systematic investigation and classification of soil slopes and site productivity.
Experience: Five years of progressively responsible technical research experience above the Trainee level engaged in the collection, compilation, analysis and interpretation of soils and resource-related data. (A Doctoral Degree in Soil Science, Geology, Forestry or Natural Resource Management may be substituted for two years of the required experience.) (A master's degree in one of these fields may be substituted for one year of the required experience.) (Experience in the California state service applied toward this pattern must include at least one year in a class at a level of responsibility equivalent to Research Program Specialist II.) and Education: Graduation from college with a major in soil science, geology, forestry or natural resource management, which must include at least three courses in soil science, one course in soil classification and two courses in statistical methodology.
Knowledge of: Soil science, soil classification, vegetation and its relation to soil formation, productivity and stabilization; aerial photographic interpretation; application of soil vegetation surveys to forest wildland and/or upland management; map preparation; research methods and techniques; statistical and other methods used in analysis of data.
Ability to: Plan and carry out scientific soil resource conservation studies; work cooperatively with other government agencies; utilize inter- disciplinary teams effectively in the conduct of studies; communicate effec- tively with persons working in the area of soil conservation research; serve as principal staff resource person; write effectively; prepare and present technical reports.