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Recruitment #18-001856-0001


The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual to fill the position of Nutrient Management Specialist I.




50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401 

Main Purpose of Job

This position provides technical and administrative support to the nutrient management program. The main function of this position is to review and inspect nutrient management plans written by certified consultants and implementation of nutrient management plans by farmers to help ensure their compliance with the regulatory requirements regarding proper utilization and application of nutrients, and protection of Maryland's agricultural and natural resources and the environment.


Reviews and evaluates certified nutrient management plans, conducts plan implementation visits and reviews annual implementation reports.

Provides technical assistance and issues appropriate follow-up and enforcement actions for non-compliant licensees, consultants, nutrient applicators and farmers.

Addresses complaints and farm emergency winter conditions.

Maintains records of inspections of nutrient management plans written by certified consultants/ farmers and plan implementation by farmers.

Prepares reports on inspection activities.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Five years of experience in agronomy, soil fertility, nutrient management planning, or other related farming experience.


1. An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university which includes at least 12 credit hours in agronomy, soil science, crops, or horticulture may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

2. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university which includes at least 24 credit hours in agronomy, soil science, crops, or horticulture may be substituted for four years of the required experience.

3. A Master's degree in agronomy, soil science, crops, or horticulture may be substituted for the required experience.

4. Possession of a current nutrient management certification may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

5. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in plant pathology classifications or plant pathology specialty codes in the field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in agriculture or related field.

- Current Nutrient Management Certification.


1. Employees appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned dutiesthat 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.

2. Employees appointed to this classification must obtain a nutrient management certificate from the Maryland Department of Agriculture no later than one (1) year from the date of appointment and must maintain certification.


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.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to:

Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304

50 Harry S. Truman Parkway

Annapolis, MD  21401

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).

All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions. (Postmarks not accepted.)

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

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

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.

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