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Engineering Technician

Recruitment #23-000196-0001


The Maryland Department of Agriculture is a department under Maryland's Executive Branch.  Formed in 1972 by the Maryland General Assembly to address the agriculture needs for the State of Maryland, the Department oversees and serves as a regulatory body for animal health, consumer services to include marketing and lab services, plant and pest management and resource conservation.  As the number one industry in Maryland, the diversity of agriculture programs in the State continues to expand and grow.

The Office of Resource Conservation works with Maryland farmers to plan and implement conservation practices and programs that balance crop and livestock production with the need to protect natural resources. The Office provides a range of educational, financial, technical assistance,​ and regulatory programs to support Maryland agriculture and protect natural resources and water quality for future generations.  Four key areas comprise the Office of Resource Conservation: Nutrient Management, Conservation Grants, District Operations. and Program Planning and Evaluation. 

If you have a passion for a cleaner, healthier Chesapeake Bay, climate smart farming practices and environmental protection in Maryland, come join our TEAM and make a difference!




4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf, Maryland 20601

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose of this position is to build on the principles of soil and water conservation engineering in the Patuxent Regional office to achieve the Watershed Implementation Goals (WIP III) for Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection.  The Soil Conservation Engineering Technician will learn and review technical aspects of soil and water conservation practices, including soil and water conservation engineering involving engineering tasks, following prescribed methods and procedures. 

This position requires a working knowledge of soil and water conservation principles, as well as knowledge of hydrology related to the planning and installation of soil and water conservation best management practices.  The technical aspects involve survey, design, layout, and construction check of the project installation.  Work is done in conjunction with agricultural landowners in Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel Counties in the preparation and implementation of soil and water conservation best management practices. The principles of engineering include survey, design, and construction oversight of Best Management Practice (BMPs) on agricultural land.  This position will receive technical guidance from NRCS District Conservationists and Engineering staff.


Develop designs of BMP(s) based on NRCS and/or MDA standards and procedures.

Track on-site construction of BMP(s) to assure adherence to approved design plans and specifications and complete As-built plans for final approval.

Perform site evaluations and site-specific surveys to assess the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Satisfy the requirements of incentive programs and other programmatical needs.

Participate in assigned training and meet the production goals for this position.  Assist other technicians with essential job functions. 


Experience: Two years of experience in the field of soil conservation engineering.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of sixty credit hours in agricultural or civil engineering courses from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

2. 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.


Employees 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.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added.  Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.





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

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Stacey Summers 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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