Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Agriculture Bureau Director

Recruitment #200312-0305MP-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Agriculture is seeking a full-time, permanent position for a Bureau Director within its Bureau of Agricultural Development and Resource Conservation. The position will be report to DOAG’s central office located in Hartford, CT from 8:00AM – 4:30PM. The Bureau Director will report directly to the Commissioner’s Office.

The Bureau of AD&RC consists of two subdivisions:  the Agricultural Development unit and the Resource (or Farmland) Conservation Unit.  The bureau directs programs and activities which assist persons in entering, diversifying and expanding their agricultural businesses; compiles statistics regarding all aspects of agriculture in the state; administers the Farmland Preservation Program and the Farmers' Market Nutrition program.

The Bureau Director will be responsible for directing staff and the operations of the bureau by; coordinating, planning and managing bureau activities; formulating program goals and objectives; developing bureau specific policies and procedures; interpreting and administering pertinent laws and regulations; evaluating staff; monitoring the bureau budget; maintaining contacts with individuals both within and outside of the bureau who might impact on bureau activities; assisting unit staff at agency program events; may testify at hearings on matters pertaining to the bureau; prepares correspondence and reports; performs related duties as required.

All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact the Agency Human Resources office: Mitch Samal,, 860-713-5107.

Selection Plan

This position is competitive. Open to the public.

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

State employees currently holding the above title or those who have previously attained permanent status in this class may apply for a lateral transfer.


In the Department of Agriculture this class is accountable for planning, organizing, directing and controlling bureau programs and staff.


Directs the staff and operations of a Bureau; coordinates, plans and manages Bureau activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops policies and procedures; interprets and administers pertinent laws and regulations; evaluates staff; prepares and monitors Bureau budget; prepares proposed legislation and regulations; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of the Bureau who might impact on Bureau activities; appears before legislative and professional groups; may testify at hearings on matters pertaining to the Bureau; prepares correspondence and reports; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of the technology and research pertaining to the Department of Agriculture; considerable knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply relevant State and Federal laws and regulations; knowledge of agricultural programs, such as farming, shellfish, livestock and/or soil and water conservation; knowledge of advertising and promotional techniques related to agricultural resources; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable organizational and planning skills.


Ten (10) years of experience in one or more of the following: agricultural land and resource management, such as agricultural production, farmland preservation, soil and water conservation and/or the shellfish industry; regulation and inspection of agricultural programs; and/or marketing agricultural products and activities.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial or supervisory capacity.


  1. College training in Agriculture, Animal Science, Business, Public Health, Public Policy or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's Degree.
  2. A Master’s Degree in an agriculture related program, Business, Public Health or Public Policy may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.
  3. A Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine may be substituted for six (6) years of the General Experience. *Note: Education may only be substituted for a total of six (6) years.


  • Experience with managerial responsibilities, and applying principles and techniques;
  • Experience with marketing campaign development, advertising and promotional techniques related to agricultural sectors;
  • Experience identifying and implementing process improvement initiatives;
  • Experience applying state and federal laws and regulations relevant to agricultural practices and programs;
  • Experience with  agricultural property stewardship or land management or land preservation policy



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.