Occupational Employment Statistics


19-1031 Conservation Scientists

Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering. Excludes “Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023) and "Foresters" (19-1032).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1006$32.52/hr$20.67/hr$25.60/hr$32.17/hr$38.93/hr$44.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration360$34.02/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/A$28.95/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$35.88/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$29.06/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$35.33/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$31.94/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$34.93/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$38.93/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$34.72/hr5.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$41.88/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 40$35.23/hr17.2%
Northwest Balance of State 70$32.51/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 100$32.17/hr1.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 130$35.36/hr9.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 210$30.97/hrN/A
Minnesota 390$32.93/hr6.0%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 700$29.11/hr5.9%
Foresters 390$32.17/hr5.6%
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 420$25.55/hr17.3%
Soil and Plant Scientists 880$32.29/hr14.3%

  • Implement soil or water management techniques, such as nutrient management, erosion control, buffers, or filter strips, in accordance with conservation plans.
  • Conduct field trips to point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites, or other attractions.
  • Compute design specifications for implementation of conservation practices, using survey or field information, technical guides or engineering manuals.
  • Apply principles of specialized fields of science, such as agronomy, soil science, forestry, or agriculture, to achieve conservation objectives.
  • Research stories regarding the area's natural history or environment.
  • Prepare and present illustrated lectures and interpretive talks about park features.
  • Advise land users, such as farmers or ranchers, on plans, problems, or alternative conservation solutions.
  • Provide information, knowledge, expertise, or training to government agencies at all levels to solve water or soil management problems or to assure coordination of resource protection activities.
  • Compute cost estimates of different conservation practices, based on needs of land users, maintenance requirements, or life expectancy of practices.
  • Measure and assess vegetation resources for biological assessment companies, environmental impact statements, and rangeland monitoring programs.