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SOIL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE II

Recruitment #18-003314-0001

GRADE

11

LOCATION OF POSITION

211 East Water Street, Centreville, MD 21617

Main Purpose of Job

This position is technical work, which involves a working knowledge of soil and water conservation principles, practices and methods and engineering. The 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 assist the Soil Conservation Districts in the design and implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs). Employees in this classification promote water quality programs by presenting a positive attitude in the performance of duties, proper work habits and a professional demeanor, maintaining a positive work relationship with cooperating agencies and fellow employees.

POSITION DUTIES

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 notes current and up to date in project folder.

Develop design of BMP from survey points to assist cooperator with the installation of soil conservation and water quality improvement projects.

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

Oversee and track on-site construction of BMPs to assure adherence to approved plans and specifications through the use of site visits, survey, spot checks, and inspections.

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 funding and/or co-cost sharing for partner cost share programs; provide prospective applicants with basis eligibility requirements and assist with enrollment and participation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

Experience: One year of experience related to soil and water conservation in such areas as surveying, drafting, construction, or agricultural work.

Notes:

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 credits 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.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience conducting site specific surveys.

Experience performing construction checks to determine compliance.

Experience performing engineering design calculations and computations.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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.

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 employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS

The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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 hazel.day@maryland.gov

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, and encourage them to apply.