Soil TechnicianJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

In order to determine if land is suited for any use, it must first be tested for compliance and safety, as well as provide vital knowledge on what it can even be used for. Some soil cannot be used for agriculture, while some may not be able to support certain structures or materials.

Soil technicians make sure that before a company has spent a significant investment in a piece of property, the property is able to be used for its intended purpose. In collaboration with lab technicians and other field technicians, these experts test for soil types and compositions to reveal vital information.

These technicians should have a broad knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulations, along with ecological reporting and surveying. They should effectively be able to communicate their findings, be it written or verbal, and be comfortable doing significant amounts of fieldwork gathering samples.

Sample job description #1

As a Soil Technician, you will be responsible for in-the-field testing of concrete, soils, and other construction materials. You will use a company-provided vehicle to travel to job sites in the area. We also provide on-the-job training and future construction materials testing certification possibilities. If you’re reliable, have a good work ethic, and can cooperate with co-workers and clients respectfully, this is the position for you.

Job responsibilities:

  • Drive to job sites and conduct soils and other construction materials testing
  • Perform visual inspections of soils
  • Return samples to the office for laboratory testing
  • Report data in an accurate, complete, timely, and understandable fashion in accordance with applicable testing procedures
  • Read and accurately interpret construction plans and specifications
  • Ensure that all test equipment used is functioning properly, maintained as required by the company and/or manufacturer’s policy and that all calibrated equipment is within its calibration cycle
  • Communicate with dispatching and/or field supervisor, advising of current job status and locations as required
  • Ensure that project requirements are met and are compliant with project specifications, requirements, and company policies or procedures
  • Attend all technician meetings
  • Complete daily time and labor reports accurately in accordance with company policy
  • Follow all company safety procedures and policies
  • Pass required testing certification classes
  • Other duties may be assigned

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as field/engineering technician
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I preferred
  • Required: ICC Soils Special Inspector OR NICET Soils Technician II
  • Required: Valid Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record
  • Required: Must be at least 18 years old for entry onto job sites, must be able to lift up to 75 pounds repeatedly
  • Required: Ability to read and write, ability to use a computer

Sample job description #2

In this role, the selected candidate will join ABC Company’s New Ag Technology team as a Plant and Soil Science Technician to support the discovery and development of nove, new, and existing plant stress and stimulation products.

Job responsibilities

  • Evaluate plant stress and stimulation products, i.e., biostimulants, biofertilizers, nutrients, etc., in the lab, growth chamber and greenhouse for benefits to corn, soybean, sorghum, cotton, peanut, rice, wheat, and other crops
  • Plan, coordinate, and carry out all aspects of growth chamber/greenhouse trial experimentation including pot filling, planting, watering, collecting data, validating methods, troubleshooting causes of variability, and analyzing data from all the experiments
  • Write protocols/SOPs, and reports, as needed to document methods and results in laboratory notebook
  • Report findings to R&D leadership and in team/platform meetings
  • Work with OpenAg Center colleagues and green house colleagues to meet safety standards and support global greenhouse trial initiatives

Required education and experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 4 years experience or Master’s degree and 1 years of relevant experience
  • Expertise in plant physiology and phenotyping of North American row crops and other plant species in laboratory, growth chamber, and greenhouse required
  • Good computer skills, proficient in Microsoft office

Sample job description #3

Description

A top provider of technical consulting to the public and private sectors in environmental science, hydrogeology, and geotechnical engineering is actively looking to hire a Soil Field Technician to help run a project in (City, State)!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Sampling materials for testing
  • Logging samples and writing daily reports
  • Understanding of sampling methods
  • Project transportation will be provided

Skills

  • WACEL
  • Soil testing
  • Microsoft office
  • Microsoft word
  • Construction
  • Construction materials testing
  • Concrete testing
  • Nuclear density
  • Aci
  • Soil density
  • CMT
  • Nuclear gauge
  • Soil compaction

Top skills & qualifications

  • At least 2+ years of field experience
  • WACEL Soils Certification
  • Soil sampling and testing
  • Ability to communicate well with others

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a soil technician is $43,500 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$43,250$58,550
Los Angeles, California$48,800$66,050
Denver, Colorado$40,650$55,050
Washington, DC$49,550$67,050
Miami, Florida$40,450$54,750
Orlando, Florida$37,350$50,550
Tampa, Florida$37,700$51,050
Atlanta, Georgia$39,550$53,550
Chicago, Illinois$45,450$61,550
Boston, Massachusetts$49,100$66,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$39,150$53,050
New York City, New York$51,750$70,050
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$42,150$57,050
Dallas, Texas$41,050$55,550
Houston, Texas$40,850$55,250
Seattle, Washington$47,350$64,000
National Average$36,950$50,050

Sample interview questions

  • What qualities should a soil technician have?
  • Where do you see your career heading in the next five years?
  • What makes you believe you will make a good soil technician?
  • What was the most difficult project you’ve worked on? How did you work through the challenges that occurred throughout the project? 
  • How do you communicate the technical aspects of a project with someone who doesn’t have a technical background?
  • Tell me about a time you analyzed data from soil samples and used your knowledge to make the best recommendations.
  • Tell me about a time you made a mistake. How did you correct your error? 
  • How do you manage your time when working on a project?
  • Describe an experience where you used new technology in the field to improve a project. 
  • Explain your process for double-checking your work to avoid mistakes.
  • Describe a time you provided support in planning a project to make sure environmental regulations and policies were followed.

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