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Recruitment #19-003315-0001




There are 5 vacancies.

Dorchester, Frederick, Howard, Kent and Montgomery counties.

Please indicate each county that you are willing to accept employment on your application.

Main Purpose of Job

This work involves a working knowledge of soil and water conservation principles, practices and methods and engineering related to the planning and installation of soil and water conservation projects and systems. The technical aspects involve survey, design, layout, and construction check of project installation. Work is done in conjunction with the agricultural land owner or operator. This position assists the district in the preparation and implementation of best management practices (BMPs).


Develop design of BMP to assist cooperator with the installation of soil conservation and water quality improvement projects based on USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and specifications or other approved guidelines.

Perform site specific evaluations for cooperators on agricultural land to address soil and water conservation needs.

Perform site specific surveys in areas where a Best Management Practices (BMP) is needed that collects all data points, including set up and utilize survey equipment and keep Cons-6 notes current and up to date in project folder.

Inventory and evaluate, for cooperators/landowners, practices to reduce soil erosion and to improve water quality by performing site evaluations, gathering field information and resource data to identify needs and resource priorities.

Produce and deliver drawings in accordance with NRCS Technical Guidelines using Auto CAD software.

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Education: Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a state high school equivalence certificate.

Experience: Two years of experience related to soil and water conservation is such areas as surveying, drafting, construction or agricultural work.


1. One year of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the required education.

2. Applicants may substitute education at an accredited college or university at a rate of 30 semester credit hours per year with at least nine credit hours of course work in engineering, construction, drafting, surveying, science, agronomy, or mathematics or any combination thereof, for one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in soil conservation classification or soil conservation specialty codes in the natural resources management and biological sciences field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


At least 6 months of experience conducting site specific surveys.

At least 6 months of experience performing construction checks to determine compliance.

At least 6 months of experience performing engineering design calculations and computations.


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 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, 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.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar 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

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