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					AGRICULTURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SPECIALIST I (0514) grade 11
AGRICULTURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SPECIALIST II (0517) grade 13
AGRICULTURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION SPECIALIST III (0521) grade 15


I.     NATURE OF WORK:

        An Agricultural Resource Conservation Specialist I, II and III are the beginning,
intermediate and full performance levels of soil and water conservation work as it relates
to agricultural operations, property and land. Employees in these classes work either in
the field developing and implementing agricultural conservation plans or at headquarters
overseeing the implementation of cost-share funding for best management practices and
providing program administration support for conservation grant programs. Employees
apply soil and water conservation principles and practices and work closely with
agricultural landowners, operators and regional and district staff.

       Employees receive close (I), moderate (II) or general (III) supervision from a
Resource Conservation Regional Coordinator, Resource Conservation District Supervisor
or other designated administrator. Technical guidance may be provided by a USDA
District Conservationist. Considerable time may be spent out-of-doors under varying
climatic conditions in rural areas often requiring extensive travel and evening hours.

       Positions in this classification are evaluated using the Classification Job
Evaluation Methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties
and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and
Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

       Agricultural Resource Conservation Specialist I, II and III are differentiated on the
basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees.
The Agricultural Resource Conservation Specialist I learns to perform duties under close
supervision, the Agricultural Resource Conservation Specialist II performs duties under
close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the
complexity of the specific duty being performed and the Agricultural Resource
Conservation Specialist III performs the full range of duties under general supervision.


II.    EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Examples are illustrative only)

       When functioning as a field conservation specialist:
       Works directly with agricultural landowners and operators to develop and
implement comprehensive soil conservation and water quality plans that provide for
effective erosion control and water quality improvement or water management;
       Develops or secures necessary field data and associated material such as soil
maps, aerial photos, and MD Property Finder to prepare plans and review project
applications;
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       Designs or assists in designing best management practices (BMPs) such as
waterways, diversions, drainage systems, animal waste management systems and other
practices intended to reduce erosion or minimize pollution;
       Performs related feasibility studies, field work, engineering calculations, drafting
and records management;
       May oversee construction or implementation of best management practices;
       May inspect installed practices to determine adherence to specifications;
       Performs other related duties.

       When functioning as a headquarters conservation specialist:
       Reviews and recommends approval for agricultural landowners’ and farm
operators’ eligibility to install BMPs under various Maryland Department of Agriculture
programs such as the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost Share programs,
Nutrient Management, Manure Transport and Cover Crop Program grant programs;
       Reviews applications, agreements, claim for payment information and other
required documents for completeness, program compliance and sufficient legal
documentation;
       Communicates with field operations staff, farm operators, agricultural landowners,
and federal, State and local employees to clarify program requirements and resolve
technical and administrative questions;
       Monitors grantees’ compliance with federal and State program requirements and
standards and arranges for periodic checks of funded and constructed BMPs;
       May conduct computer and file management of projects;
       May provide information about the Conservation Grants Programs to farmer
groups, environmental groups, staff of local, State and federal agencies and other
interested parties;
       Performs other related duties.

       Both:
       Coordinates with representatives of soil conservation districts, and local, State and
federal agencies responsible for carrying out soil and water conservation projects, plans
or structures;
       May consult with other specialists to evaluate land use problems and propose
solutions to problems;
       Performs other related duties.


III.   REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

      Knowledge of soil and water conservation principles, practices, methods and
procedures;
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        Knowledge of soil types;
        Knowledge of land use factors that effect soil erosion and water quality;
        Knowledge of aspects of agronomy, hydrology and engineering related to the
planning and installation of soil and water conservation projects;
        Knowledge of the principles and techniques of surveying and drafting;
        Skill in recognizing soil erosion and water quality problems;
        Skill in developing plans for conservation practices;
        Skill in analyzing soil types and recognizing advantages and limitations of soils;
        Skill in preparing and presenting reports;
        Ability to apply laws, rules and regulations concerning soil and water conservation
and grants programs;
        Ability to use program manuals, forms, web-based resources and guides to assure
BMPs and conservation measures meet program requirements;
        Ability to make sound recommendations;
        Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with State,
federal and community representatives, farm operators, land owners and the general
public.


IV.    MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

       Education:      Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or
                       university in natural resources, agriculture or a related field.

       Experience: None (I), one (II) or two (III) years of experience in planning,
                   engineering or program administration work related to soil
                   conservation or water quality.

       Notes:       1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or
                       university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical
                       geography, or the physical, chemical, and biological sciences,
                       including 3 credit hours in soils, and one year of experience in soil
                       and water conservation work may be substituted for the required
                       education.

                 2. Possession of a graduate degree from an accredited college or
                    university in natural resources, agriculture or a related field may be
                    substituted for the required education and one year of the required
                    experience.
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                 3. Possession of an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or
                    university in natural resources, agriculture or a related field and one
                    year of experience in soil and water conservation work may be
                    substituted for the required education.

                 4. Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high
                    school equivalency certificate and two additional years of experience
                    in soil and water conservation may be substituted for the required
                    education.

                 5. Candidates may substitute planning, engineering or program
                    administration experience in a soil conservation, water quality
                    protection or related agricultural or natural resource program on a
                    year-for-year basis for the required education.


V.    LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATES:

      1. Employees in these classifications 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.

      2. Employees in certain positions in these classifications may be required to
         become Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Certified
         Conservation Planners (USDA/NRCS-General Manual, Title 180, Part 409).


DATE REVISED: July 1, 2011


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various
State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using
department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.




APPROVED: _____________________________________
          Director, Division of Classification and Salary

				
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