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AGRICULTURE PROGRAM SPECIALIST 2
TS307     $34,216 - $59,946
Creation Date: 05/28/1999
Change Date: 05/01/2013

FUNCTION OF WORK:
To plan, manage, and implement projects and/or program components pertaining to the protection and management of the states agricultural and forestry resources, and to provide assistance to Agriculture Specialists, Agriculture Environmental Specialists, Foresters, Marketing Specialists, or others in researching and compiling technical data or information.

LEVEL OF WORK:
Experienced.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
General from an Assistant Commissioner.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
May exercise project supervision or serve as team leader in a group of Agriculture Project Specialists.

LOCATION OF WORK:
Department of Agriculture and Forestry; all offices.

JOB DISTINCTIONS:
Differs from Agriculture Project Specialist 1 by presence of responsibility for supervising clerical personnel on a project basis or by presence of authority for granting approval in matters governed by statute and/or budgetary restraints

Differs from Agriculture Specialists, Agriculture Environmental Specialist, and professional Forestry positions by responsibility for providing technical support functions rather than performing enforcement and/or regulatory compliance duties.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
EXAMPLES BELOW ARE A BRIEF SAMPLE OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. NOT ALL POSSIBLE TASKS ARE INCLUDED.

Based on thorough knowledge of Office policies, procedures and programs, responds to emergency situations by making immediate decisions regarding the deployment of necessary agency resources, including personnel or equipment.

Plans, develops, and manages complex projects/programs relative to agricultural or forestry matters. On a project basis, supervises clerical personnel or lower level Agriculture Project Specialists in performance of duties related to a particular project or program.

Reviews and evaluates technical proposals for projects/programs for technical feasibility and merit, cost effectiveness, and consultant qualifications.

Secures professional services for projects/programs: designs bid requests and prepares necessary contracts, including state and federal contracts.

Monitors contractual agreements to ensure conformance to prescribed requirements and adherence to schedules; recommends modification of pay order if contractual agreement is not adhered to.

Conducts studies and analytical assessments of project impact; prepares comprehensive reports detailing project developments, management activities, policy matters, etc.

Meets or confers with representatives of local, regional, state, and federal government jurisdictions to determine needs for projects/programs and coordinates development of plans to address and alleviate existing or potential problems.

Analyzes proposed and current state and federal legislation. Prepares summary reports and recommendations for new legislation.

Assists field personnel specialists with the recording, evaluation, investigation and tracking of incidents, i.e., citizen or consumer complaints, spills, timber theft, agricultural theft of livestock, and farm equipment, nuisance animal complaints, forest fires, etc.

Coordinates an informational or research library, containing references, and educational materials. Distributes information to concerned citizens.

Schedules and/or conducts informational forums and seminars on assigned projects.

Assists field personnel tracking compliance with enforcement actions.

Conducts studies and analytical assessments of project impact; identifies existing or potential problems and recommends solutions.

Collects data and information and compiles it for review by a higher official in the preparation of various technical reports.

Assists Agriculture Specialists, Agriculture Environmental Specialists, Foresters, Marketing Specialists, or other higher level personnel in the preparation technical reports or public presentations.

Checks fee calculations to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Prepares notification letters for failure to comply with or complete the permitting process.

Researches files for preparation of data summary reports for fee program and permit program.

Maintains up to date index of appropriate regulations, guidelines, documents, reports, etc.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A baccalaureate degree plus one year of professional level experience in forestry or agriculture work.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Six years of full-time work experience in any field may be substituted for the required baccalaureate degree.

Candidates without a baccalaureate degree may combine work experience and college credit to substitute for the baccalaureate degree as follows:

A maximum of 120 semester hours may be combined with experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

30 to 59 semester hours credit will substitute for one year of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
60 to 89 semester hours credit will substitute for two years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
90 to 119 semester hours credit will substitute for three years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.
120 or more semester hours credit will substitute for four years of experience towards the baccalaureate degree.

College credit earned without obtaining a baccalaureate degree may be substituted for a maximum of four years full-time work experience towards the baccalaureate degree. Candidates with 120 or more semester hours of credit, but without a degree, must also have at least two years of full-time work experience to substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.