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Watershed Implementation Program

Recruitment #18-002587-0053


This is contractual employment.  Incumbent will be paid at an hourly rate for actual hours worked.  See Benefits clause for health insurance and paid leave benefits.




Maryland Department of Agriculture - Headquarters - Annapolis, Maryland.

Main Purpose of Job

To increase the knowledge of conservation partners and the agricultural community about the importance of soil health and its impact on food and forage production, air and water quality. The position works closely with federal, state, local and other partners to promote, educate and quantify the benefits of soil health initiatives in Maryland. This position also assists in developing and coordinating Greenhouse Gas emission strategies related to agriculture through the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.


Manage the Healthy Soils Initiative.  Coordinates with federal, state, regional and local agencies to further the knowledge about and increase the adoption of soil health practices.  Disseminate information across all organizations active in the soil health related activities.  Coordinates training opportunities.

Works with partners to promote and implement soil health Best Management Practices.  Provides outreach to stakeholders through public and private meetings and facilitate the program's exposure, track and report program outcomes and inform environmental results.

Oversees the planning, coordination, monitoring, and funding of soil health projects, including financial tracking and grant reporting.

Represents the Secretary of Agriculture on the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and associated workgroups.


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 general 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.


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualifications.

Currently possess, or obtain within six months of employment, certification as a Maryland Nutrient Management Consultant.


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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

The Employee shall be eligible to accrue Paid Leave in accordance with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (Title 3, Subtitle 13 of the Labor and Employment Article).  The Employee shall be eligible to use accrued Paid Leave after the first 106 calendar days the employee has worked for the Maryland Department of Agriculture.  The Employee must maintain a schedule of at least 24 hours in a 2-week pay period in order to accrue Paid Leave.  If the Employee works sufficient hours to accrue Paid Leave, the Employee shall accrue Paid Leave at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours in a calendar year.  Paid Leave may be used for any purpose, including any of the reasons specified in the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.  The Employee may not use more than 64 hours of Paid Leave in a year.  Unused Paid Leave in excess of 40 hours will be forfeited at the beginning of the first full pay period of the next calendar year.  Any unused Paid Leave will be forfeited upon separation of continuous State service, but if the Employee is rehired by the State within 37 weeks after separation any unused accrued Paid Leave shall be reinstated.


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: Mary Darling at 410-841-5847 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.