Agricultural Specialist in Dover, DE 19901

State of Delaware

The Nutrient Management Program (NMP) provides education and resources to the regulated community falling under the Nutrient Management Law passed in 1999. Part of the regulation requires on farm inspections for land and animal operations required to operate under a Nutrient Management Plan. Inspections are conducted based on a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and involve meeting constituents to review nutrient management plans, nutrient application and export records, and conduct visual inspections of manure handling procedures. The main goal of the NMP is to protect and improve water quality of ground and surface waters in Delaware and the Chesapeake Bay. The program also implements Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permits with DNREC under the authority from the EPA.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

Organizes and conducts a program to assist farmers and agri-businesses in understanding and complying with environmental and pollution control laws and regulations.
Consults with and advises farmers and agri-businesses on compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations related to pollution affecting the farming community.
Maintains liaison with regulatory agencies, commercial and community organizations, educational institutions, and local governments regarding environmental programs as it relates to agriculture.
Develops and presents educational workshops and seminars and prepares articles, pamphlets and other educational materials.
Assists pesticides section with the Pesticides Certification and Education Program.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Agricultural Specialist Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

Six months experience in pesticide application and safety standards.

Six months experience in interpreting environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.

Six months experience in presenting training courses using a variety of training methods such as lecture, structured exercises, role play or group discussion as well as the use of training materials such as overheads, PowerPoint, handouts or videos.

Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

This is a Casual/Seasonal position which is a non-pension eligible position without healthcare and/or other benefits.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email. Please keep your contact information current. You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.
The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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