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Title:  Specialty Crop Program Coordinator - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  10/05/2022
Req ID:  40326
Department:  Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

Williston, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.42


Join the Agricultural Development Division to support Vermont's specialty crop industries through grantmaking, education, and technical assistance. The Specialty Crop Program Coordinator (Agriculture Development Specialist II) in this role works closely with Vermont's fruit and vegetable growers, maple producers, and other industry stakeholders.


Key responsibilities including the following: 

  • Manage the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Produce Safety Improvement Grant program 
  • Coordinate the Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS) audit program and conduct voluntary on-farm food safety audits 
  • Provide education and technical assistance to the maple industry in collaboration with Agency and statewide partners 


Experience or familiarity with one or more of the following areas will be helpful in this role. Curiosity and a willingness to learn are key to success on our team. 

  • Food safety 
  • Fruit and vegetable production 
  • Grants management 
  • Group facilitation 
  • Maple production 
  • Providing outreach, education, or technical assistance to farmers or producers 


We welcome applicants with diverse education and work backgrounds who bring enthusiasm and excellence to their work. This role is ideal for an individual who is comfortable with a high level of autonomy within a collaborative team.  


This position is based in Williston, 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 we expect the position to continue beyond the current end date of 6/30/2026.

Who May Apply

This position, Specialty Crop Program Coordinator - Limited Service (Job Requisition #40326), 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 Kristina Sweet at
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 a variety of settings, including open floorplan office, producer and market sites, and public events, project sites and potential hearing settings. Substantial in-state, regional, and out-of-state travel is involved for which private reliable means of transportation must be available. Routine public contact and communication, both verbally and in writing, is expected. An incumbent must coordinate activities with other departmental staff, the Secretary of the Agency and Deputy Secretary, and interact considerably with agricultural and land development business people, interest groups and the general public. Certain required activities will occur outside of normal office hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree AND three (3) years or more of experience at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, environmental conversation, communications, land use planning or another relevant field.
At least two (2) years of experience as an Agriculture Development Specialist I in Vermont State service.

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.