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Management of Soil Survey by MLRA
Wetland Identification: FSA Phase I Basic Concepts
Wetland Identification: FSA Phase II: Application Basic
Wetlands Identification& Delineation Course-Regulatory IV
Correlation &Management of MLRA Soil Surveys
Digital Soil Survey Mapping and Updating
Soil Mechanics, Properties and Interpretations
Basic Photo Interpretations –Remote Sensing
Map Compilation-Traditions Mylar Layers
Soil Laboratory Data and Procedures
Water Quality Training
Saline and Sodic Soils
Soil Technology-Programs and Applications
Soil Technology-Measurement and Data Evaluation
Cultural Resource Training
Microsoft-Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Acting MLRA Soil Survey Project Leader for the Tucson MLRA Office.
Field Soil Scientist 21 years and Soil Survey Project Leader 9 years in the Southern Arizona Basin and Range Province, currently mapped 2.5 million acres to date.
Certified to conduct Wetland and Hydric soils determinations
Lead Coordinator for multiyear, multiagency Initial Soil Survey of Kofa Area, AZ, Parts of La Paz and Yuma counties (AZ657) involving federal, state and private lands on 3,806,931 acres
Developed 5 year Summer Cover Crops trail plan for the Plant Materials Center. Preformed yearly site evaluation, pedon descriptions, chemical and carbon analysis.
Coordiate and conduct Soil Survey activities on BLM allotments for Soil Survey of Kofa Area, AZ, of Parts of La Paz and Yuma counties (AZ657). Provide current ecological site and soils information to help plan and manage land for multiple use and protection and restoration of natural resources.
Prioritisted, Evalute, Submit, Soil Survey Data Join Recorrelation (SDJR)
Review, Develop, submit SDJR's and Project Plans for long-range plan
Tucson Soil Office has continuily meets or exceeds it mappinggoals yearly basis
Evaluate, analyze, and organize the collection of data:soil descriptions, transects, notes, conducting laboratory analysis,particle size class, pH's, calcimeters, carbon content and EC's to determine the proper classification of soils using Soil Taxonomy.
Collections helps determine our quality assurance for soil correlation and keeps us within our NRCS specifications and standards as outlined in technical references of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS). Develop spreadsheets for the survey office as a tracking device for the organization of this data.
Utilize ARCGIS, Google Earth, GPS, Color IR, and landscape and elevation modeling to enhance the efficiency of soil mapping and to develop with some predictability soil landscape relationships to identify soil properties on complex terrains to perform our soil mapping at an order of two or more detailed levels.
Coordinate and conduct progress field reviews, soil assists and range assists while collaborating with the MLRA Project Leader, Soil Scientists and Rangeland Management Specialist, BLM specialist in reviewing soil interpretations and in modifying and maintaining quality control. This process allows for a quick update to the soil survey legend.
Supervised and manage 2 to 3 full time employees. Leads discussions at monthly staff meetings to review and update activities and leave status with staff and MLRA leader. Reports progress, documentation, and leave status, to MLRA Leader in timely manner. Review and certifies time sheets, training, IDP's performance plans and scheduling.
Coordination and review with Rangeland Management Specialist to document soil-plant relationships, community production and composition information for ESD updates and correlation of ecological sites for entry into data map unit tables in NASIS
Conduct quality control review of field staff every 2 to 3 months and to ensure survey is being progressively digitized and correlated for map unit approval.
Provide staff with guidance on reports, queries, spreadsheets, and calculations needed for proper data base management of the National Soil Information System (NASIS).
Utilizing GPS Garmin and ARCMAP to plot soil and site date collection of points for evaluating the composition of map unit design and the line placement of digitized polygons. Reviewing attribute data for inconsistencies and consistence's within the soil survey utilizing the join and relates method within ARCMAP.
Collaborate with the MO-Region 8 Soil Data Quality Specialist (Nasis) Manager to look for Nasis inconsistencies.
Collaborate andreview with Region 8GIS Specialist to look for inconsistencies on soil digitize work. By utilizing new technologies, training, and quality assurance techniques
Courteous and professional in my working relationships and interactions with staff, other disciplines, office visitors in manner that consistently demonstrate fairness, respect, and cooperation which results in an atmosphere of team building and information sharing.
Promotes maximizing efficiencies in soil survey projects by utilizing available technology and encouraging the development of new technologies and techniques. Uses and promotes use of computer and automation technology to share, analyze, summarize and manage data, develop manuscripts, and develop and maintain databases. Utilize Nasis reports and queries, MUG report, pivot tables, spatial editor, GPS Garmin, join and relates method.
Run reports and queries in NASIS to review existing interpretations for inaccuracies due to data errors or deficiencies in the interpretive criteria and for developing soil intreptations for new or unique uses.
Conducts soil investigations within assigned areas to support research and special projects and provide the leadership and coordinates activities in planning and conducting special studies, data gathering necessary for the development and refinement of soil survey interpretations:
Site evaluation andpedon description for National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) core site on the Santa Rita Experimental Range in Southern Arizona. Establishment of Core site for gathering long- term data on ecological responses of the biosphere to changes in land use and climate.
Soil data collections of benchmark soils in Aridic Ustic Soil Moisture Regime within MLRA 38 and MLRA 40 to evaluate soil classification and interpretations.
Implemented preliminary field soil tests to find the most model sites of gypsum affected soils for a soil characterization by the National Technical Soil Center. These sites helped determine the gypsum content, soil classification, physical properties and interpretative criteria for developing unique soil interpretations for gypsum.
Coordinates and communicates technical functions of soil survey activities, including technical soil services, with the Arizona State Soil Scientist, NCSS Cooperators, Field offices, Districts, other Survey Leaders, Project Leaders, MLRA offices and with other technology teams to ensure soil surveys meets customer's needs. These offices may be within the state as well as across state boundaries
Technical Soil Services activities include supporting field offices in southern Arizona, soils training from farm bill request mapping, Hel determinations, presentations for NRCD workshops and FFA activities and maintaining the Field Office Tech Guides. Keeps field offices and external customers up to date on the latest soil technologies by showing them how to use the Web Soil Survey.
Create reports, interpretations, and interpretative tables and soils maps from Nasis, ArcGIS and Web Soil Survey to provide soil information to our customers:
Provides soils information to ARS personal, Nature Conservancy, Engineering firms on an as needed basis via ARCGIS maps, MUG reports, and Web Soil Survey from telephone conservations, emailing and personal interactions with customers. Provide technical guidance on NRI and soils information to USDA-ARS scientists
Acquired the ability to communicate in writing through actually writing technical and non-technical articles dealing with soils and soil surveys. I prepare technical reports for field offices on requested soil mapping areas. I have written reports for engineering firms and private consultants concerning soil interpretations and technical data for planning needs and purposes.
Member of the 1,000,000 acre goals mapper
2013 Completed interim report for Crowder-Weisser BLM allotment. Completed 238,870 acres.
2012--Yuma Proving Grounds Oversight and Review Evaluate mapping from 1987, 1992, QA joins, data collections, transects and map unit design.
2011--Assisted with interim report for the University of Arizona Campbell avenue farm, 20 pedon descriptions, preform QA of soils information
2011-2012--Rapid Carbon Assessment Project--Region MO-8 Phoenix.
Lead Office--Warehouse storage of samples and data processing. Provided Oversight, Quality control Provide training to two SCEP students on processing carbon samples: VNIR spectrometer use, laboratory preparation, logging data, preparing samples, uploading data
2010—Detailed toChinle Soil Survey( AZ713) to assist the Flagstaff Soil Survey Office to obtain documentation for completion soil survey to meet NCCS standards.
2008—Detailed and completed interim report on 374,000 acres of order two farmland mapping on state and private lands within Soil survey of Kofa Area, AZ, Parts of La Paz and Yuma counties (AZ657).
2008—Detailed to San Carlos Indian Reservation(AZ675)
2007- 2010 Completed, published and technical edits to 3 Soil Surveys:
Soil Survey Graham County, AZ, Southwestern Part (AZ673)----2010
Survey of Eastern Pinal and Gila Counties, Arizona (AZ661)----- 2008.
Soil Survey of Cochise County, Arizona, Northwestern Part (AZ666)---2007
Develop the yearly plan of operation and workload analysis for the office.
Coordinate team meetings to report progress, concepts, mapping techniques or other problems that may arise.Evaluate, discuss, and analyze soil data and interpretations for incorporation into the soil survey manuscripts.
Provide training to NRCS staff and others on the evaluation and proper use of soil resources and the application of soil survey information.This includes soils training to new employees on an as needed basis for their employee development plans, (rangeland management specialist and soil conservationist). I interact with other team disciplines within NRCS to answer their questions, concerns, and needs to produce a better quality soil survey. I work closely with rangeland management specialist to coordinate their ecological site descriptions to our map unit design concepts.
Provide updated soil technologies to NRCS field offices, Conservation Districts, and external customers on the use of Web Soil Survey.
Technical Soil Services activities include supporting field offices in southern Arizona, from farm bill request mapping, Hel determinations, presentations for NRCD workshops and FFA activities and maintaining the Field Office Tech Guides. I participate in developing and maintaining a viable education program throughout Southern Arizona.This includes assisting in the educational activities of local schools to promote interest in soils and natural resources. Conservation District Board meetings in Southern Arizona
Trained one new employee and five summer soils interns in all aspects of the NCSS program.Provided instruction on how to evaluate, analyze, and organize the collection of soils data to meet NCSS standards and the proper soil classification. This includes ensuring that the collection of data, 232's, notes, and transects is incorporated into the MUD's and TUD's.The interns learn to write new OSD's and soil interpretation records. I also provide instruction on how to utilize infra-red color photography when designing map unit concepts in field and applying these principals to map compilation.
Three interns have become employed with AZ NRCS, one with California NRCS, and one with a laboratory in North Dakota.
Developed, coordinated, implemented guidelines and techniques for aridic ustic soil moisture regime in Southern Arizona.
Collected, documented, and wrote soil descriptions in support for a proposal to the classification staff for the addition of a new Petronodic subgroup to be added to the Aridisols. This proposal was later incorporated into Soil Taxonomy.
1993-2005 Completed, published and technical edits to 2 Soil Surveys and 3 interim reports:
Soil Survey of Cochise County, Arizona, Northwestern Part (AZ666) 2005
Cochise County, AZ, Douglas-Tombstone Part (AZ671) completed 2000,
Tohono O'odham Nation, AZ, Parts of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties (AZ703) completed 1993,
Completed the soil survey interim report for the Ft. Huachuca Army Base
Detailed to Barry Goldwater Bombing Range to complete soil mapping project. Analyzed 350 samplesfor particle size analysis, calcimeters, EC's, and testing for the presence of gypsum.
Organized and prepared a soils tour for Nature Conservancy and BLM on the Three-Links Ranch. This included collaboration with geomorphologist, biologist and hydrologist on the interpretation of a soil survey in relationship to soil landscapes, geomorphology, and the hydrology of San Pedro River.
Organized a soils tour to the Walnut Gulch Experimental Station. This included representatives from NRCS, FS, BIA, BLM, and University of Arizona professors to discuss soils in relation to the position of landscape and how soil taxonomy related to those changes.
Wrote newspaper articles and develop a soil survey pamphlet for the Tohono O'dham Indian Nation for the awareness of soil surveys.
Conducted a “Last Acre Ceremony” for the Tohono O'dham Nation, BIA, and Tribal Council. Presentation on soil landscapes and soil types.
Soils presentation and demonstrations Tohono O'dham Youth Range Day.
Guest lecturer for the Universit of Arizona Soils club.Career opportunities and basic job duties of a soil scientist.
Guest speaker for the seminar, "Living in the Desert", through the University of Arizona Librarians Association.My lecture was on soils and the use of soil survey manuals.
participate in special projects with cooperating ranchers to develop hands on
Training for students to learn about delineating watershed and soil boundaries.Students learn to organize and prepare workload analysis and plans of operation
Entry level soil scientist with basic training in soil science.Develop skills, concepts and tools available to process to become a soil survey mapper.
Project member on soil survey of the Tohono O'odham Nation, AZ, Parts of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties (AZ703).
Soil Survey Project Leader trained me on how to evaluate, analyze, and organize the collection of soils data to meet NCSS standards and the proper soil classification. This includes ensuring that the collection of data, 232's, notes, and transects is incorporated into the MUD's and TUD's.Learned to write new OSD's and soil interpretation records. Learned instruction on how to utilize infra-red color photography when designing map unit concepts and applying these principals to map compilation.
Wrote newspaper articles and helped develop a soil survey pamphlet for the Tohono O'dham Indian Nation for the awareness of soil surveys. I conducted a “Last Acre Ceremony” for the Tohono O'dham Nation, BIA, and Tribal Council. This included a 20-minute slide presentation on soil landscapes and soil types.I also attended the Tohono O'dham Youth Range Day to give a soils presentation and demonstrations.
Computer applications in UNIX and DOS on spreadsheets, MS word and pedon program
Honors, Awards, Accomplishments, other
Outstanding Performance----1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002
Superior Performance---------1988, 1990, 1999, 2003-2005, 2007-2008, 2011, 2013
1992--Employee Suggestion Spot Award regarding helpful hints and codes for the Pedon Program in making the new version a better product for use nationwide.
1995--Spot Award working as a soils team, completing the map compilation project earning $45,000 for Arizona for digitized soils surveys.
1996 and 1998 Outstanding Performance awarded Quality Step Increase
1999--Special Act or Service award for extra effort as soil judge at National Collegiate Soils Contest at University of Arizona
Performance Bonus and Individual Cash Awards from $400 to $1000
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