Agent Associate

University of Maryland College of Agriculture   Cockeysville, MD   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 31, 2022


Title: Agent Associate
Functional Title: Agent Associate (Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist)
Position Number: 118154
Category Status: Faculty Non-tenured, Continuing Contract (12 month Full Time Term Appointment)
Unit: AGNR-UME-Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program
Location: North Maryland Cluster (Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Harford Counties) – Home office Baltimore County Extension Office (Cockeysville, MD).

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Regional Watershed Restoration Specialist (RWRS) will work in the referenced region of Northern Maryland to provide education and coordinate technical assistance focused on assisting local and county governments and watershed groups with development and implementation of plans, projects and programs that lead to quantifiable reductions in nonpoint sources of pollution, improvement of water quantity issues and increased community resilience related to climate change, growth, and other impacts. To accomplish this the RWRS will: (1) assist in developing partnerships among local governments and organizations that have common goals and objectives; (2) help identify and prioritize the most pressing nonpoint- source pollution challenges in watersheds within the cluster and develop educational and technical assistance responses to meet those challenges (3) assist these partners in implementing on- the-ground projects that result in measurable improvements in water quality and quantity on a small watershed scale, and; (4) assist in realizing funding opportunities and technical support for these efforts. The RWRS will act as a critical interface between communities and technical service providers and other sources of knowledge with the expressed intent of building local capacity and targeted outcomes of nonpoint source pollution reduction and to build community resilience to localized flood impacts. As part of their role with the Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) program, they will assist with volunteer management and non-formal education and outreach needs of identified audiences and stakeholders.
The RWRS will work closely with existing and developing organizations including, but not limited to local governments, watershed associations and other non-profit organizations and initiatives. The RWRS program is a key partner with the Watershed Assistance Collaborative (WAC), a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Services, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Environmental Finance Center, and University of Maryland’s Sea Grant Extension Program with common goals of restoring the function and integrity of watersheds and that feed into the Chesapeake Bay.
The RWRS will be a member of University of Maryland Extension’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP) consisting of faculty members with similar education responsibilities in other regions of the state and with a variety of expertise related to watershed restoration issues. Within this realm, the RWRS will be expected to develop and deliver educational programs, create scholarly materials and provide service to the university and relevant professions in alliance with the mission and vision of University of Maryland Extension.
• The candidate must have a B.S. degree related to natural resources or environmental sciences, this includes but is not limited to degrees in natural resource management, environmental policy, community development, planning, geography, landscape architecture, engineering, or related field.
• The individual must possess the ability to work independently, to function as part of
interdepartmental and multi-institutional teams, and to secure funding for programs related to the position function.

• Strong oral, written and electronic communication skills are essential.
• Experience working with communities, local government, and NGO’s; teaching a broad range of audiences in both formal and informal, and non-formal settings; and utilizing a variety of media to reach diverse audiences
• Evidence of capacity to build UME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect capacity through Extension program model.
• The employee should be willing to travel locally and occasionally work nights and on weekends.
• Valid driver’s license and means of transportation.
• This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check and University of Maryland Background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
Preferred -
• Practical work experience in natural resource management, Extension, and planning or community development is desired.
• Masters in a related discipline.
• Experience with evaluation and promoting program impacts
• Familiarity with the geography and socio-demographics of Northern Maryland
• Grantsmanship experience.

Physical Demands of the Position:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
• Nature of the Position: This position frequently presents information through vocal and written communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds.
• Physical Demands: A routine part of this position's responsibilities would be to transport materials to and from teaching and event locations, including loading and unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds. Set-up and teardown of displays, tables, and chairs would be necessary at many teaching sites.
• Environmental: Team driven, office environment of professional character, competence, and collaboration. Deadline driven in terms of program planning and reporting. This position requires the employee to work outdoors at certain times of the year, especially during the time field research, demonstrations, and meetings are conducted as well as annual county fair. This may occur during very hot and/or inclement weather.
• Visual Acuity: Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data and presentations.
Salary & Benefits:
The base salary is $50,000 with increments allowed for additional experience and education. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.
Application Process:
All candidates must apply online at A complete application packet includes a cover letter, resume or CV, copies of transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled.

Vaccine Protocol
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.