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Maryland Conservation Partnership Coordinator


Recruitment #23-002586-0057


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 continue to expand and grow.   

The Office of Resource Conservation ​provides the state's 24 soil conservation districts with operations funds and staffing support to deliver local soil conservation and water quality programs. Farmers rely on the technical expertise of engineering technicians and field specialists working in district offices to help them design and install best management practices on their farms to protect natural resources and comply with environmental laws.  

Come join the Resource Conservation Communication Team as a Maryland Conservation Partnership Coordinator to promote programs and initiatives in conserving natural resources and supporting Maryland agriculture.




MDA Headquarters, 50 Harry S Truman Pkwy. Annapolis, MD 21401

Main Purpose of Job

Manages and coordinates District Operations public outreach program and provides commumcation support for 24 Soil Conservation Districts. Position collaborates with Resource Conservation Communication Director and MDA communications team on program and department activities. Duties include public relations activities; managing and organizing special events; promoting Resource Conservation District Operations (RC-DO) programs to the general public and farm community; managing, designing and producing printed materials; and assisting Soil Conservation Districts (SCDs) with design and updates to their websites as well as supporting social media content.


Manages, develops, and leads all aspects of MDA Office of Resource Conservation District Operations (RC-DO) communications strategies and information/education projects. Coordinates media campaigns with Resource Conservation Communication Director and cooperating state, federal and local agencies, and organizations as necessary. Provides technical support, design management and coordination assistance for certain communications activities implemented by Maryland's 24 soil conservation districts.

Manages, develops & designs content, and modifies formats to keep website information for the RC-DO programs up to date and user friendly. Assures content meets RC-DO program needs and establishes links with cooperating agencies and related sites. Provides content to the SCDs for inclusion on websites and social media platforms.

Researches, writes, designs, and edits production and distribution of brochures, factsheets, exhibits and other collateral material for Resource Conservation District Operations (RC­ DO) programs targeted to specific audiences including the agricultural community, SCDs, General Assembly, technical service providers, educators, students, and general public.    

Coordinates activities with cooperating agencies and institutions including USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, University of Maryland, Extension, Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, 24 SCDs, Maryland Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Maryland Farm Bureau, Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other local, state and federal agencies.

Organizes, manages, and coordinates special events including educational tours and workshops, events for the agricultural community including Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, farmers, Chesapeake Bay organizations, legislative committees and provides coordination of RC-DO program outreach at public events such as the Five Star at Fair Hill, MD Home and Garden Show, Maryland State Fair, UM Extension events, and Chesapeake Bay Program events.


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

Experience: Four years of administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

4. 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.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
1. Public Speaking experience. 
2. Experience in developing and distributing promotional materials 
3. Experience in website design/management and social media platforms 
4. Experience in Soil Conservation or other Environmental Programs


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. 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 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.



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: Kathleen Newhouse 410-841-5837 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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