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Turf & Seed Regulatory and Operations

Recruitment #22-002901-0001


Maryland Department of Agriculture is currently hiring to fill 2 vacancies located at Headquarters in Annapolis.




MDA Headquarters - Annapolis, MD 21401


The main purpose of the position of Seed Analyst II is to conduct regulatory and service seed testing activities in the Turf and Seed section of the Maryland Department of Agriculture to determine the quality of seed samples and to assure consumer confidence.

Using a personal computer, seed divider, and electronic balance, learns to independently prepare service and regulatory seed samples received by the Turf & Seed Section for analysis in the laboratories according to the Association of Official Seed Analysts "Rules for Testing Seeds" and standard laboratory procedures. Makes calculations to determine sample sizes required for testing.       

Receives training from a certified seed analyst in how to conduct purity and germination analyses following Association of Official Seed Analysts "Rules for Testing Seeds" and standard laboratory procedures.              

Prepares planting media and plants seed samples in the germination laboratory on appropriate substrates according to the Association of Official Seed Analysts "Rules for Testing Seeds" and standard laboratory procedures.


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

Experience: One year of successful, progressively responsible seed analysis work in a governmental agency or private industry.


Education:   None.

Experience: One year of experience as a trainee level Seed Analyst in State service.


1. Candidates may substitute additional education in agronomy, biology, horticulture, botany, or a related science at an accredited college or university on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

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


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. 



For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Kathleen Newhouse at 410-841-5837 or

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. 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 methodis 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 the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promotingemployees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingualcandidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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