Agriculture Water Quality Specialist IV

State of Vermont

Williston, VT, US


We are seeking a qualified and motivated professional to join our water quality regulatory program. Responsibilities include working in a leadership and/or supervisor role as part of a team that provides water quality regulatory oversight and technical assistance to farm operations in Vermont. You must have expert knowledge of management practices designed to enhance agricultural water quality and pollution prevention efforts. 

Strong experience with soil, crop and nutrient management practices on agricultural operations and an expert ability to use databases, mapping software and Microsoft Office programs is required.  Due to covid, all work is through teleworking on a primary basis; however, remote site visits to farms are expected.

Who May Apply

This position, Agriculture Water Quality Specialist IV (Job Requisition #13969), is listed as a STATE PROMOTIONAL ONLY posting.  Only current State of Vermont employees who have successfully completed an original probationary period OR non-State employees eligible for veteran’s preference are eligible to apply for this position.  Your application will not be considered if you do not meet one of these requirements.

This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition:

Level III:  Job Requisition #13867
Level IV:  Job Requisition #13969

If you would like more information about this position, please contact [email protected]
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in both an office setting and in the field. Duties in the field may include walking along stream banks and in agricultural fields where one might encounter livestock. Field work may require carrying of heavy equipment while traversing rough terrain and bodies of water in all weather conditions. Incumbent must have private means of transportation for completion of field assignments on a timely basis. Travel statewide is required. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Work will often be performed in a dynamic and engaging committee-style forum where strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent AND eight (8) years or more of experience in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field.
Associate’s degree in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field AND six (6) years or more of experience in agriculture, environmental conservation or a related field.
Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field AND four (4) years or more of experience in agriculture, environmental conservation, or a related field.
Six (6) years as a Water Quality Specialist II or equivalent.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it’s more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.