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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST II

Recruitment #22-001857-0001

Introduction

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is recruiting for a Nutrient Management Specialist II with a background in nutrient management to join our team.  This position will partner with certified consultants in reviewing and evaluating nutrient management plans. Your efforts will contribute to the importance of ensuring compliance with state regulatory requirements using nutrient management plans in the State of Maryland. 

GRADE

16

LOCATION OF POSITION

27722 Nanticoke Road, Unit #2, Salisbury, MD  21801 - Assigned Region 6

Main Purpose of Job

This position provides technical and administrative support to the nutrient management program. In reviewing and inspecting 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.

POSITION DUTIES

Reviews and evaluates certified nutrient management plans written by certified nutrient management consultants and farmers.  Conducts plan implementation visit for farmers and reviews annual implementation reports ensuring their compliance with state regulatory requirements using Department's guidelines and procedures.

Issues appropriate follow-up and enforcement actions for non-complaint licenses, consultants, nutrient applicators and farmers.  Addresses complaints and farm emergency winter conditions to ensure compliance using the Department's Guidelines and Regulations for Nutrient Management implementation.  Provides technical assistance to licensees, consultants, nutrient applicators and farmers on a case by case basis and in a training environment. 

Maintains records of inspections of nutrient management plans written by certified consultants and farmers and plan implementation by farmers for evaluation, regulatory requirements, and reporting by using hard copies and the program's database system.  Prepares reports on inspection activities for program's evaluation and compliance with the Department's objectives using program's reporting format. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

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

Notes: 

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 five years of 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 plant pathology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. 

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

N/A

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

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

1.  Current Nutrient Management Consultant Certification

2.. At least 12 credit hours in agronomy, soil science, crops, or horticulture

3.  1 or more years of farming experience in crop rotation and/or manure management


Selection Plan

N/A

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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

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. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Stacey Summers at 410-841-5842 or stacey.summers@maryland.gov.




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