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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 5010$37.08/hr$28.09/hr$30.71/hr$34.36/hr$43.37/hr$51.27/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services80N/A
Education and Health Services60$36.09/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services50$32.69/hr
Public Administration660$39.54/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$38.89/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$41.55/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$30.72/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$32.48/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$37.30/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$39.68/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 40$37.30/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$33.56/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$34.36/hr1.3%
Southwest Balance of State 50$36.19/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 80$39.36/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$39.43/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 100$39.97/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$38.67/hr2.5%
Northwest Balance of State 130$38.28/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 140$38.28/hr2.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 370$41.69/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 430$41.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 850$39.97/hr2.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 520$34.71/hr5.2%
Foresters 340$32.70/hr1.4%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School N/A$82,907.55/yr6.7%

  • 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.
  • Manage field offices or involve staff in cooperative ventures.
  • Plan soil management or conservation practices, such as crop rotation, reforestation, permanent vegetation, contour plowing, or terracing, to maintain soil or conserve water.
  • Study rangeland management practices and research range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
  • 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.