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Range Managers
SOC Code: 19-1031.02

Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

Sample of reported job titles: Conservationist, Grassland Conservationist, Habitat Management Coordinator, Land Management Supervisor, Natural Resource Manager, Natural Resource Specialist, Range Technician, Rangeland Management Specialist, Resource Manager, Wildlife Manager

Tasks

  • Regulate grazing, and help ranchers plan and organize grazing systems in order to manage, improve and protect rangelands and maximize their use.
  • Measure and assess vegetation resources for biological assessment companies, environmental impact statements, and rangeland monitoring programs.
  • Maintain soil stability and vegetation for non-grazing uses, such as wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation.
  • Mediate agreements among rangeland users and preservationists as to appropriate land use and management.
  • Manage forage resources through fire, herbicide use, or revegetation to maintain a sustainable yield from the land.
  • Study rangeland management practices and research range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Offer advice to rangeland users on water management, forage production methods, and control of brush.
  • Plan and direct construction and maintenance of range improvements such as fencing, corrals, stock-watering reservoirs and soil-erosion control structures.
  • Tailor conservation plans to landowners' goals, such as livestock support, wildlife, or recreation.
  • Develop technical standards and specifications used to manage, protect and improve the natural resources of range lands and related grazing lands.
  • Study grazing patterns to determine number and kind of livestock that can be most profitably grazed and to determine the best grazing seasons.
  • Plan and implement revegetation of disturbed sites.
  • Study forage plants and their growth requirements to determine varieties best suited to particular range.
  • Develop methods for protecting range from fire and rodent damage and for controlling poisonous plants.
  • Manage private livestock operations.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - SAS ; The MathWorks MATLAB ; USDA SamplePoint; Viper Tools (see all 21 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software - Microsoft Access ; National Resources Conservation Service Ecological Site Information System ESIS; USDA ARS Database for Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment DIMA; USDA NRCS VegSpec (see all 7 examples)
  • Data mining software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop ; GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP
  • Map creation software - ESRI ArcGIS software ; Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE; RSAC Riparian Mapping Tool; USDA NRCS Soil Data Viewer (see all 6 examples)
  • Object or component oriented development software - Oracle Java ; Practical extraction and reporting language Perl ; Python ; R
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Linux ; UNIX
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Bench scales - Gram scales
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras - Compact digital cameras
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver - Global positioning system GPS devices
  • Laboratory sifting equipment - Hand sieves
  • Light absorption meters - Plant canopy analyzers
  • Measuring rods - Robel poles
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Penetrometers - Impact penetrometers
  • Permeability testing apparatus - Double-ring infiltrometers; Single-ring infiltrometers
  • Personal computers
  • Plant samples analysis equipment - Quadrat frames
  • Plumb bobs - Laser plumb bobs
  • Portable data input terminals - Portable dataloggers
  • Soil core sampling apparatus - Soil sampling scoops
  • Strain gauges
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Video attachments for microscopes - Stereoscopes

Knowledge

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

Interests

  • Interest code: RIE
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Work Context

  • Telephone - 93% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 78% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 55% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 49% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 57% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Letters and Memos - 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 63% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 49% responded “Very important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 42% responded “Very important results.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 64% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 43% responded “Very important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 60% responded “40 hours.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 77% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 57% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 28% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 38% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 47% responded “About half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 63% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 33% responded “Important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 47% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Level of Competition - 36% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 47% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
72%Bachelor's degree
11%Some college, no degree
11%Master's degree

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $29.56 hourly, $61,480 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 22,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,000

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