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Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Foundation Administrator

Recruitment #22-002587-0109


*REPOSTING POSITION**  Previous candidates no need to reapply.

The Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF)  was created by the State of Maryland General Assembly in 1977.  MALPF is deeply rooted in leading the charge in land preservation with a targeted goal to preserve 1,030,000 acres of farmland by 2030. We’re looking for someone with a background in agriculture preservation easements to join our team.  This position will be responsible for soliciting, acquiring, managing, and monitoring preservation easements on prime farmland in cooperation with the Foundation's county partners to meet its goals in multiple counties.  Your efforts will contribute to the importance of land preservation in the State of Maryland. 




Maryland Department of Agriculture Headquarters - Annapolis, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for soliciting, acquiring, managing, and monitoring agriculture preservation easements on prime farmland in cooperation with the Foundation's county partners to meet it statutory objectives.


Manages the application and acquisition process of new easement applicants, providing oversight, and guidance to county program administrators, processing new easement applications. Determine if properties proposed for easement application meet MALPF eligibility requirements. Provide a complete and accurate easement application package, coordinate the establishment of easement values and ranking of easement applications file for Foundation records, and related data creation and for the permanent data base. Prepares and presents agenda items to obtain approval from the MALPF Board of Trustees of the eligible easement applications.  

Coordinate with the Office of the Attorney General to ensure compliance with legal sufficiency requirements. Manages and coordinates any existing easement owner’s request to exercise reserved rights, amend easements, or other subsequent requests, as well as coordinating with other MALPF and county staff of possible enforcement actions. Coordinate with MALPF Monitoring and Enforcement Coordinator, Assistant Attorneys General, MALPF Executive Director, and county administrators when a violation has been confirmed to devise options to bring the easement back into compliance. 

At the request of the Board and/or Executive Director, independently identifies policy, process issues, organizes, facilitates, and provides direction and staffing for policy committees drawing, as required. Administers in coordination with the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) the certification of county agricultural land preservation programs under COMAR Title 34, Subtitle 03, Chapter 03, “Certification of County Agricultural Land Preservation Programs. Reviews and evaluates county certification applications with MDP, makes staff recommendations for certification to the Board of Trustees. 

Represent the Foundation to the public, as well as interagency committees, which can include formal events as well as fielding phone calls, emails, and any other inquiries.  Management of database records and hard files (ultimately moving to electronic file keeping) to ensure all information and documentation is properly maintained.  Prepares and presents written and verbal testimony independently on proposed legislations before the appropriate committees of the General Assembly and provide information for the use of the Executive Director.


Experience:   Nine years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following:  the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.  One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following:  the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for- year basis for the required experience.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications. 

One year experience in conservation easement programs, either private or government sector.


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

Familiarity with real estate transactions and related legal documents such as title work, property descriptions/surveys, settlement sheets, title insurance policies, deeds of easements, appraisals, etc. 

Familiarity working in the land conservation field, specifically regarding the acquisition and stewardship of conservation easements. 

Experience working with government policies, regulations, laws, and proposed legislation.


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. 


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar 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. 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.

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, email, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Stacey Summers at 410-841-5842 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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