STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: SOILS ENGINEER II
Class Code: 8368-21 Date Established: 10-25-57
Occupational Code: 7-5-9 Date of Last Revision: 03-14-06
BASIC PURPOSE: to perform professional geo-technical engineering in the evaluation of soils data in order to prepare recommendations for engineering or environmental projects.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
o Prepares estimates of earth materials needed or requiring removal as part of agency projects.
o Prepares reports on soils and earth materials and recommends engineering strategies for construction or environmental projects.
o Classifies soil characteristics to determine use or suitability by the agency.
o Supervises subordinate engineers or technicians doing field work in soils sampling or analysis.
o Performs on-site inspections or investigations to verify site locations and analysis of soils and land suitability.
Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.
Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.
Communication: Requires summarizing data, preparing reports and making recommendations based on findings which contribute to solving problems and achieving work objectives. This level also requires presenting information for use by administrative-level managers in making decisions.
Complexity: Requires coordinating a combination of diverse job functions in order to integrate professional and technical agency goals. This level also requires considerable judgment to implement a sequence of operations or actions.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university in environmental science or a related field. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Three years’ of related work experience directly related to the interpretation of soils for the subdivision of land and design and installation of on-site wastewater disposal systems per the requirements mandated under RSA 485-A. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: Possession of a valid driver’s license.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Eligibility to become licensed as a certified wetland scientist.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge of soils characteristics and the principles of soils mineralogy, and methods of soils analysis. Considerable knowledge of the earth's strata and geological structure with particular emphasis on native New Hampshire soils, their composition and structure. Considerable knowledge of soil mechanics, design and testing. Considerable knowledge of the engineering principles and practices applied in the location, design and construction of roads, dams, building sites, developments and comparable structures. Knowledge of soil exploration techniques. Knowledge of mathematics sufficient to perform moderately complex algebraic computations. Knowledge of basic physics. Ability to interpret soil profiles, maps and construction plans. Ability to prepare clear and concise engineering reports. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees, state and federal officials as well as the general public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 10/21/04