Agronomist I, Turf and Seed (Contractual); The Maryland Department of Agriculture

13 Feb 2018 7:58 PM | Ben Ellis (Administrator)

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Recruitment #18-002250-0001

DEPARTMENT MDA Ofc of Plan Ind & Pest Mgmt - Turf & Seed
DATE OPENED 2/12/2018 5:15:00 PM
FILING DEADLINE 3/6/2018 11:59:00 PM
SALARY $18.64/hour

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50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Main Purpose Of Job

Manages the supervised seed mixing program. Assists the certification manager in all aspects of the seed and turfgrass certification program of the Turf and Seed Section.


Manages and supervises the mixing program of seed lots in accordance with the appropriate seed regulations. Approves component seed lots, calculates batch sheets in excel format, and performs calculations when changes are necessary. Samples component seed lots and prints tags intended for use in this program. Schedules inspectors to supervise mixes.

Assists the certification manager with the seed certification program to insure that all Maryland certified seed meets established standards. Performs field inspections on soybeans and small grains. Samples seed lots according to protocol of the Association of Official Seed Analysts.

Assists the certification manager with the turfgrass certification program to insure that all Maryland certified turfgrass meets established standards. Performs field inspections on certified turfgrass fields.

Identifies weed, disease, insect and agronomic problems and makes appropriate recommendations to growers.


Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 24 semester credit hours in one or more of the following; agriculture, agronomy, botany, crops, horticulture, plant pathology, or soils. 

Experience: One year of experience in agronomic, horticultural, seed or sod work. 


1. Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in agriculture, agronomy, botany, crops, horticulture, plant pathology or soils may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

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


Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.

Employees assigned such duties may 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 employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the 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.


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

Leave may be granted to a temporary/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. 

 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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The Maryland Turfgrass Council      P.O. Box 389, St. Michaels, MD 21663   Phone: (443) 742-6618       

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