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District Manager (Worcester)

Recruitment #23-004331-0001


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!




304 Commerce Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the manager of the Worcester County Soil Conservation District.  The incumbent serves as the administrative officer in implementing the policies and procedures of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Worcester Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors, as directed by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Area Coordinator. 


Supervise the work of MDA, county, and district employees working in the local soil conservation district office by assigning and reviewing work, signing timesheets, approving leave, and preparing performance appraisals.

Provides local administrative oversight of the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program to ensure adherence to the program guidelines contained within the MACS Manual.

Coordinates the Board of Supervisors meetings by planning the agenda and providing any necessary resource materials to facilitate sound decision making. 

Guides and assists the local Board of Supervisors in the implementation of federal, state, and local programs administered by the local district by being intimately familiar with current and future programs.

Prepares budget requests to receive funds from MDA, local government, and other funding sources, by evaluating the needs of the district as they relate to program delivery.

Develops the annual plan of work and workload goals for implementing conservation programs in the district by following the guidelines provided by MDA, NRCS, and the Districts Board of Supervisors.

Represents the District by attending meetings, hearings, and conferences with officials and representatives of federal state and local conservation groups to discuss conservation issues impacting the District.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in soil conservation, water quality protection or related agriculture or natural resource programs.


1. Candidates may substitute additional administrative or supervisory experience in a soil conservation, water quality protection or related agriculture or natural resource program on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in soil conservation classifications or soil conservation specialty codes in the soil conservation field of work on a year-for- year basis for the required experience and education. 


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

Bachelor's degree in or related to: Agriculture, Business, Natural Resources, or Environmental Science

Experience performing administrative or supervisory experience in a soil conservation, water quality protection or related agriculture or natural resource program.


This position is limited to current permanent and contractual employees of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.


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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