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Recruitment #20-003315-0001


This position is open to all qualified applicants.


13 (Note:  effective July 1, 2020, the grade level for this classification will increase to 14.) 


Garrett Soil Conservation District ~ Mountain Lake Park, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position 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 system.  Technical aspects involve survey, design, layout and construction check of project installation.


Inventory and evaluate practices to reduce soil erosion and to improve water quality by performing onsite evaluations, and gather field information and resource data.  Develop design of Best Management Practices (BMPs) 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.   Supervise and track on-site construction of BMPs to assure adherence to approved plans and specifications.

Produce and deliver drawings in accordance with NRCS Technical Guidelines using Auto CAD software.  Interpret resource materials including maps and aerial photographs to assist in the development of the design of engineering practices.

Determine BMP eligibility for Maryland Agricultural Cost Share (MACS) funding for Capital projects and or co-cost sharing for the abatement of non-point source (NPS) pollution by agricultural sources for partner cost share programs.


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.


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

Experience performing engineering design calculations and computations using CADD.

Experience performing design of Best Management Practices (BMPs) according to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and specifications.


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.



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

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.

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