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Agricultural Specialist or Agricultural Advisor (Ag Chemicals)

Job Summary
This announcement will be used to fill one position either at the Ag Specialist or Ag Advisor level, depending on the selected applicants' qualifications.

This position will work with the Facility Management Unit Supervisor in administering the Lime Licensing Program by conducting inspections and issuing permits regarding anhydrous ammonia storage, handling, use, to ensure compliance with fertilizer laws. This position exists to provide knowledge and oversight for the Waste Pesticide Collection Program and Empty Pesticide Container Recycling program activities; to coordinate MDA sponsored collections; ensure accuracy of program databases and contractor and county cooperator invoice reviews, county billing and reimbursement functions; develop and perform education & training, including reduction initiatives; participate in select collections; assure safety standards; and to provide assistance and represent the Unit in other functions as assigned by the Unit Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications
Agricultural Specialist:
One (1) year of work experience in the engineering, hazardous waste or agricultural chemical industry including work in designing anhydrous ammonia storage systems, use, handling and storage of anhydrous ammonia, hazardous materials, pesticides and fertilizers, research of pesticides and fertilizers or clean up and remediation of chemical incidents. NOTE: A bachelor’s in Engineering, Agriculture, Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Soil Science or a related field may substitute one (1) year of work experience.

Knowledge of:
  • The use, storage, permitting, handling, distribution and disposal of pesticides and fertilizers or hazardous materials.
  • The ability to read construction design plans.
  • An understanding of applicable federal and state statutes and rules.
  • Familiarity of Federal and state protocol for performing inspections, conducting investigations, obtaining, and handling evidence including samples.
  • The use and applicability of agronomic practices involving anhydrous ammonia and lime soil amendment.

Strong public relations skills with the ability to establish good rapport with clientele and the agricultural chemical community. Excellent verbal and written skills.

The ability to plan effectively, work independently and coordinate efforts with a variety of people.

Skills in Microsoft Office, web applications, database management, GPS and environmental meters.

The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

Agricultural Advisor:
Two (2) years of work experience in the engineering, hazardous waste or agricultural chemical industry including work in designing anhydrous ammonia storage systems, use, handling and storage of anhydrous ammonia, hazardous materials, pesticides and fertilizers, research of pesticides and fertilizers or clean up and remediation of chemical incidents. NOTE: A bachelor’s in Engineering, Agriculture, Biology, Botany, Environmental Science, Soil Science or a related field may substitute one (1) year of work experience.

Knowledge of federal and state solid and hazardous waste rules and pesticide rules, DOT rules, chemical constituents of pesticides and safe chemical handling procedures.

Knowledge of the use, storage, handling or distribution and disposal of pesticides and fertilizers.
Strong public relations skills with the ability to establish good rapport with clientele and the pesticide community.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to plan effectively, work with limited supervision and help coordinate the efforts of a variety of people.

Skills in Excel, Microsoft Office, Power Point, web applications, database management, GPS and environmental meters. The ability to celebrate diversity and a strong commitment to a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Must have a valid driver's license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.