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MDA Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator

August 30 2017

Montana Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture provides diverse work and leadership opportunities with a wide variety of professional staff members who work hard to support the agriculture industry, one of Montana’s most important economic sectors.  The Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a leadership opportunity within our Agricultural Sciences Division. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated personnel leadership, talents in relationship building and conflict resolution; are objective, highly organized, and skilled communicators; and approach their workday with a positive and proactive attitude.

Agricultural Science Division Objectives: The Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator is responsible for agricultural, public and environmental services and protection through administration of Montana laws and rules concerning pesticides; agricultural chemical groundwater protection; noxious weed management; commercial feed; commercial fertilizers; agricultural seed; grain commodity dealers and public warehouses; organic certification; nurseries; produce; apiculture; alfalfa leafcutting bees; pest management consulting, survey, and quarantines; and interstate or international movement of plant materials, produce and feed.

This position is the Administrator of the Agricultural Sciences Division, which features regulation and/or licensing for activities that protect agricultural producers, consumers, and the environment. The ASD Administrator is responsible for overall leadership and management of three bureaus – the Analytical Lab, Agricultural Services Bureau, and Commodity Services bureau – including field operations.  The ASD Administrator reports to the Director, and speaks and acts for the Director in his/her absence for administrative, recruitment, and personnel issues related to ASD.

Major Duties:

Program Management

  • Based on state and federal statues, administrative rules of Montana, and executive or department policies, coordinates the operations of three subordinate organizational bureaus; determines priorities; develops objectives; and allocates personnel, funding and related equipment and materials for the programs.
  • Coordinates program activities with other department executives to satisfy goals and objectives.
  • Evaluates scientific, economic, political and legal issues to ensure achievement of the departm­ent’s mission, statutory requirements, and program goals and objectives.
  • Reports on program achievements of the division and evaluates programs for needs, resources, or cost savings to deter­mine if objectives are feasible and attainable. Prepares strategies and recommenda­tions for new or revised programs for the director, legislative commit­tees and the public.
  • Monitors fiscal year budgets for appropriation, revenue, and expenditure status; and for compliance with statutory and state policy requirements.  Ensures expenditures are appro­priate and utilized in support of the particular pro­grams for which they are allocated.
  • Provides leadership and management to ensure effective planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of effective strategies and direction for the programs in the division.
  • Determines legal interpretations for programs in consultation with attorneys and program specialists. Monitors oversight of regulatory actions and enforcement of programs.
  • Implements and conducts dialogue with public interest and legislative groups, executive agencies, universities and consultants and the public to obtain recom­mendations and comments on existing, revised or new programs; coordinates financial assets of related programs; and evaluates effectiveness of Division programs.

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Lemhi County Weed Superintendent | Salmon, ID

August 23 2017

Lemhi County, Salmon, ID

Position: Lemhi County Weed Superintendent. Application Period: 8/8/2017 to 8/23/2017

Position Status: Full Time, Permanent

Employer: Lemhi County, Weed Control Department

Location: Salmon, Idaho

Salary: $18 to $19/ hour, depending on experience; plus medical and retirement

Job Description: The primary function of an employee in this position is to supervise the daily and longrange operations of the Weed Control Department. This position includes general supervision of Weed Control personnel, department operations, meeting with County governing boards and Commission, formulating and implementing policy, educating the public on weed control programs and enforcing the noxious weed law. The work is performed under the supervision of the County Commission, with extensive latitude allowed for independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines. The principal duties of this class are performed outdoors and may include working in adverse weather conditions and hazards involving the use of spraying equipment and hazardous chemicals in the summer. During the winter months the principal duties are performed indoors.

Direct Supervisor: Lemhi County Commissioners

To Apply, Send the following: • Current Resume • Three (3) Professional References • A typed cover letter, not to exceed two pages, in which you address the following o Your experience with Idaho Noxious weeds o Your experience with Noxious Weed identification and management o Examples of any outreach and education you have done o Examples of Management experience o Your Experience with grant writing and reporting

Submit all of the above to
Jeremey Varley Lemhi Weed Department 200 Fulton Street, Suite 104 Salmon, ID 83467 Phone: (208)742-1660 Fax: (208)756-6915

Lemhi County is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


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