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Title:  Agrichemical Program Manager

Application Deadline Date:  Open Until Filled
Req ID:  3162
Department:  Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $29.70

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets’ Public Health and Agricultural Resource Management Division is seeking an engaging and dynamic leader that is dedicated to the protection of the environment and human health. The individual will administer the Agency’s Agrichemical Program; a statewide program addressing pesticide policy, education, and use. You will primarily be responsible for applying and enforcing state pesticide laws in this role. There will be opportunities to interact with other Agency programs including pollinator protection, nursery, hemp and animal feed and fertilizers, as well as significant interaction with other state agencies. This is a great opportunity to lead an important program in Vermont’s Agriculture industry!

Specific responsibilities include supervision of a small, dedicated team of field and office personnel; providing legislative testimony; responding to media inquiries; and working with stakeholders and the public. The successful candidate will have considerable knowledge of how pesticides move in the environment, pesticide toxicology and federal pesticide regulations. This position encourages professional growth and interaction at the state and national level.

Employment at the State of Vermont includes many benefits, too!  A strong health insurance package, pension plan, deferred compensation plan, and reimbursement for continuing education are just a few. Working for the State of Vermont comes with many intangible perks as well; you can substantially contribute to the long-term well-being of the state, establish a solid foundation for your own well-being, and continuously grow and develop your professional skills. 

Our main office is located in downtown Montpelier, with many amenities in short walking distance and accessible by public transit. Montpelier is the smallest state capitol in the nation, with just under 8,000 residents. This is a great area to live in for anyone who enjoys outdoor recreation, tight-knit communities, and having lots of small, local businesses to shop at. Montpelier is located in central Vermont and is just a couple of hours away from Montreal, and only a few from Boston and New York City. For more information about Montpelier, check out the city’s website here.

Who May Apply

This position, Agrichemical Program Manager (Job Requisition #3162), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This position is open until filled. The State of Vermont posts vacancies for a minimum of ten business days. Positions posted as open until filled can be removed at any time after the initial ten day period. After the initial posting period, departments may begin interviewing and may close the posting without notice.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Linda.Boccuzzo@vermont.gov
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.

Class Definition

Supervisory, planning and technical work involving statewide programs in the areas of pesticide registration, use, toxicology, disposal and policy; feed, seed and fertilizer inspections, pest surveys; retail product inspection; pollinator health policy and enforcement for related programs. Supervision is exercised over professional technical staff. Duties include contact with units of federal and state government, industry, agricultural, and public health communities. 

Works to develop, administer, and evaluate long-range programs and plans for the Division. Develops strategies to protect the public health and environment from pesticide damage by implementing registration, use, sale and disposal regulations, and educational and monitoring programs. Manages the development and implementation of an educational and outreach program for pollinator, agrichemical, public health and plant industry subjects. Oversees consistent enforcement strategies in the Division's Programs. Provides Agency input on several program related councils and advisory groups. Represents the Division in national workgroups. Oversees programs to ensure that Vermont produced farm products are the quality necessary to meet USDA and Vermont requirements. Collaborates on projects within the Agency, to ensure cohesive and efficient resource use. Develops workplans with the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory to ensure legally defensible data is provided for the Division's programs. Assists the Director with long range department planning, legislative work and other division policies. Performs related duties as required.  

Significant interaction occurs with State Agencies and Departments, Federal Department of Agriculture, Federal Fish and Wildlife and Food and Drug Administration, and statewide food and funding organizations for agricultural development. Work is performed under the supervision of the Assistant Director and Director.

Environmental Factors

Work is performed primarily in an office setting, but some field work is required for which private means of transportation should be available. Stress may be encountered in dealing with a wide variety of complex issues as well as strongly conflicting opinions. Evening and weekend work can be anticipated. 

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in agriculture, biochemistry, chemistry, plant pathology, ecosystems, horticulture, water resources or a closely related field AND one (1) year or more of professional level experience in program development, analysis or budgeting INCLUDING one (1) year or more supervising (directly or indirectly) administrative functions for a moderate sized office, department or agency.
Bachelor's degree in agriculture, biochemistry, chemistry, plant pathology, horticulture, ecosystems, water resources or a closely related field AND three (3) years or more of professional level experience in program development, analysis or budgeting INCLUDING one (1) year or more supervising (directly or indirectly) administrative functions for a moderate sized office, department or agency.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with agrichemical, pollinator and or plant industry activities, issues and trends in Vermont and the US. 
Experience in developing and implementing educational and outreach programs as well as regulatory programs.
Experience in legislative activities, policy development, rule-writing and program development.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier