Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1 or 2

State of Louisiana - 30+ days ago

Supplemental Information

Job number: OSW-147405-BN

This position #50474471 is located in the Office of Soil & Water in Baton Rouge, LA, in East Baton Rouge Parish.

This position is a temporary job appointment that is expected to last more than 2 years.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled as an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1 or 2 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please refer to the 'Job Specifications' tab located at the top of the LA Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

This minimum annual salary for each level in the CPG is as follows:

The starting salary for an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1 is $36,608.00 annually.

The starting salary for an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 2 is $39,166.00 annually.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for8100-Professional Level Examin order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy. If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being consideredunless you meet the following exemption:

A veteran of the armed forces who served at least 90 days of active duty for purposes other than training and who has been honorably discharged from active duty within the previous twelve months. (DD214 must be attached to application or emailed to by the closing date of the announcement).

Applicantswithout current test scores can apply to take the testhere.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the work experience sections of the application.

Transcripts arerequired.Please make every effort to attach it to your application at time of submission.

Applicants using education to qualify for the position must provide a copy of their official college transcript attached to their application (preferred) or to Human Resources by the closing date of this job posting. Applicants with international degrees must provide an equivalency evaluation along with a copy of their transcript to Human Resources. Copies of transcripts may be attached to the application (preferred) or submitted by email Please include theJob number: OSW-147405-BNwith all emailed documents.

If a copy of your transcript is not received by the closing date of this posting, your application willbe considered incomplete.

Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

All candidates for hire must submit to drug screening.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

For further information about this vacancy contact:

Britney Noland

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001

Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Qualifications


A baccalaureate degree with at least twenty-four semester hours in agriculture, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, entomology, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, zoology, forestry, or any combination of credit in these courses to equal twenty-four semester hours.


Experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with agricultural laws, rules or regulations will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.

Experience in planning or implementing soil, water or wetland conservation practices in agricultural or wetland environments will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.


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.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:

To perform inspections and investigations relative to laws governing entomology, horticulture, agronomy, pesticide, structural pest control, seed, fertilizer, and quarantine programs.


To assess the environmental impact of agricultural operations on soil, water, air, and other related natural resources and develop and direct management plans designed to protect these resources.

Level of Work:


Supervision Received:

General from an Agricultural Environmental Specialist of a higher grade.

Supervision Exercised:


Location of Work:

Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or Office of Soil and Water Conservation.

Job Distinctions:

Differs from Agricultural Environmental Specialist 2 by lack of responsibility for journeyman level work.

Examples of Work

Incumbent of this position will assist in providing general operational support to the Office of Soil & Water Conservation (LDAF-OSWC) within the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry with emphasis on water resources and management. The Office of Soil & Water Conservation sustains and conserves water quality and soil stability on croplands, woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and waterways of Louisiana. This is accomplished by providing financial assistance, administrative support and centralized coordination to the State's 44 Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCDs) who work with the USDA Natural resources Conservation Service to provide conservation planning services for landowners and managers. Incumbent must possess or develop working knowledge of the State Soil & Water Conservation Commission approved Policy & Procedure Memoranda, State/Federal conservation programs and other applicable SWCD operational guidelines. Supervision for this position is received from the OSWC Assistant Commissioner.


Coordinate with USDA-NRCS, LDAF-OSWC, SWCD staff and private landowners to develop and administer watershed planning and implementation proposals and special projects geared toward USDA PL-566, EPA Clean Water Act 319, LA Watershed Initiative and other relevant watershed or water conservation programs and funding sources for which surface and groundwater quality and quantity, flood prevention and hydrologic restoration are priorities.


Provide programmatic technical support to the statewide Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). Meet with SWCD boards at their regular monthly board meetings to assist in local conservation program development and capacity building. Incumbent will personally interact with 44 SWCD boards of supervisors and staff, various interagency personnel and cooperators and therefore must possess favorable communication skills to facilitate these required interactions.


Provide staff assistance to the LA Association of Conservation Districts (LACD). Work with assigned LACD standing committees to illustrate and research conservation issues and resolutions, and assist in development of the LACD Annual and mid-year meeting programs.


Assist with the LDAF-OSWC/SWCD environmental conservation education and outreach programs and networks by promoting and conducting LA Project WET (Water education for Teachers) and other educational workshops and initiatives.


Work with private landowners and agricultural processing facility managers to develop Agricultural Solid Waste Management Program best management practice plans.


Review monthly District board meeting minutes and required attachments for supporting items and information to gauge levels of local SWCD interaction and conservation initiative progression.

Other duties as may be assigned.

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