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Soils Scientist I (Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets)

Organization Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Location 116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620

Class Definition: Planning, analytical, and administrative work for the Agency of Agriculture involving the management and regulation of pesticide use and waste disposal and its effects upon groundwater resources. Duties involve designing, developing and implementing pesticide monitoring program and related policies. This involves interaction with industry personnel, as well as municipal, state and federal officials. May act as a lead worker, overseeing the work of temporary, contractual, or classified employees at a lower level. Duties are performed under the direction of the Agrichemical Program Manager.

Examples of Work: Independently designs and develops statewide environmental plans for monitoring the use of pesticides on agricultural and non-agricultural lands. Designs and implements sample collection procedures and protocols. Researches, collects, analyzes, and enters information into, and maintains, data bases and draft reports and prepares reports and recommendations for corrective actions/alternatives. Evaluates reference literature and monitoring data to establish expected characteristics of retention, migration and degradation for pesticides and agricultural chemicals in soils and groundwater under conditions of normal use and environmental metabolism. Selects and evaluates sites and products to be used in monitoring studies. Attends public meetings to act as department spokesperson. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Both office and field conditions are required. Field work may involve exposure to chemicals, gases, hazardous liquid and solid waste, and construction sites during all weather conditions and may involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis. Private means of transportation must be available.

Date Posted April 17th, 2017
Deadline May 1st, 2017
# of Positions Available 1
Type Full Time
Compensation Job Code: 301100 Pay Plan: Classified Pay Grade: 23
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