The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) is recruiting to fill a limited period position for an Agricultural Compliance Officer in Augusta, Maine, through at least April 2024. A permanent position has also been requested in the Supplemental Budget. Applications are being accepted through April 21, 2022. For more information and to apply, click here.
This position assists farms impacted by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by being an in-field liaison between farms and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The position conducts sampling of milk, crops, and other environmental media and manages testing data to develop on-farm PFAS management mitigation strategies.
The position also performs key services by investigating and resolving complaints involving general agricultural enterprises. Responsibilities include inspection of agricultural production facilities to confirm compliance with licensing program standards, determining appropriate production practices for individual farm operations based on the State of Maine Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs); and conducting reinvestigations to ensure that site-specific BMPs have been adopted to ensure protection under the state’s Right to Farm law. The complaints often investigated include but are not limited to insect infestation, improper carcass disposal, manure handling, odors, and water quality. The job allows for frequent in-field work and delivery of important technical assistance to a broad group of constituents. The position will involve a hybrid work schedule (office/remote/field).