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Title:  Dairy Grants Coordinator - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  02/13/2023
Req ID:  46151
Department:  Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.93


The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) hosted at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets seeks a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual to join our team as a Grants Coordinator (Agriculture Development Specialist I). The NE-DBIC is a federally funded grant program which supports regional dairy across the 11 states of the Northeast with funds targeted toward community and climate forward dairy production, sector innovation, and business assistance. 

This full-time position will focus on grant management, applicant and grantee stewardship, and reporting. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Contribute to the development of relevant and timely funding opportunities.
  • Conduct grant application review processes through coordination of external stakeholders.
  • Ongoing award management through support for grantee project adjustments, successfully developing and submitting reports, and ensuring completion of grantee project deliverables.
  • Develop, track, and report on program metrics. Evaluation of grant program impacts through data collection and synthesis. 
  • Ongoing communication and coordination with NE-DBIC team and the greater dairy sector to ensure consistent messaging, support the development of strong reporting, and provide clear and accessible information to applicants and grantees.


We are looking for a candidate with excellent written and oral communication skills who can synthesize complex ideas in plain language and communicate effectively with diverse audiences and stakeholders, including farmers. This role is ideal for an individual who is organized, self-directed, and enjoys working with a team.

We welcome applicants with diverse education and work histories who bring energy, enthusiasm, and excellence to their work. Attention to detail, strong customer service, and excellent critical thinking skills are key for success. Prior experience with dairy or agriculture is encouraged but not required. Curiosity and a willingness to learn are key to success in this role. Successful applicants will possess strong verbal and written communication skills, be highly organized and self-driven, and will easily integrate with a high performing team.


The position is based in Montpelier, VT. Telework options are available to employees in the Agricultural Development Division.

This classified limited service position is funded by multi-year federal grants, and is currently funded through 9/30/2026.

Who May Apply

This position, Dairy Grants Coordinator - Limited Service (Job Requisition #46151), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 

If you would like more information about the duration of this position or other details, please contact
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a variety of settings, including open floorplan office, producer and market sites, and public events, project sites and potential hearing settings. Some in-state and limited regional, out-of-state travel is involved for which private reliable means of transportation must be available. Occasional public communication, both verbally and in writing is required. An incumbent must coordinate activities with other departmental staff and interact considerably with agricultural and land development business people, interest groups and the general public. Certain required activities may occur outside of normal office hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree AND one (1) year or more of experience in agriculture, marketing, environmental conversation, communications, land use planning or another relevant closely related field
Three (3) years or more of experience in agriculture, marketing, environmental conversation, communications, land use planning or another relevant field. 

Preferred Qualifications

Completion of Lean White Belt training.

Experience assisting in the annualized management of grant and program funding.

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 celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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