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Certification Activities Manager

Recruitment #17-002586-0056


This position is limited to current Maryland Department of Agriculture permanent and contractual employees only.




Maryland Department of Agriculture Headquarters

50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Md 21401

Main Purpose of Job

This position manages the turfgrass and seed certification programs of the Turf and Seed Section of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Assist the Maryland Turfgrass Association and the Maryland Turfgrass Council in the production of certified turfgrass. Assist the University of Maryland in producing the MD/VA Recommended Turfgrass Variety list. Manage the Intergency Seed Mixing Program.


Performs field inspections of turfgrass and row crops. Identifies off types, weeds, diseases and other agronomic problems. Samples seed for certification.

Supervises the Interagency Supervised Mix Program.

Statewide responsibility to plan and administer the turfgrass and seed certification programs to insure that all Maryland certified sod and seed meets established standards. Insures that employees assigned to field inspection activities are properly trained to perform these duties. Maintains necessary documentation of turfgrass and seed certification activities and insures timely invoicing for inspection services.

Based on field inspection and seed analysis reports, approves or disapproves seed lots as Maryland foundation, registered or certified seed, approves certified turfgrass, and prints and issues appropriated tags and labels.

Assist chief of section with development and implementations of new programs, policies, and procedures.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


This position is limited to current Maryland Department of Agriculture permanent and contractual employees only.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.



Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred, however paper applications will be accepted from candidates who may not have internet access.  All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)  

If you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).  Mailing Address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Hazel Day at 410-841-5840 or

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.