New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) is seeking a Special Assistant to work within our Executive Office in Albany, NY. This position will work under the direction of a Deputy Commissioner and will work with programs across the Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) to develop, implement, and manage policies and initiatives. This Special Assistant will strategize, develop, implement, and manage policies and initiatives related to environmental and climate programs at the Department, including implementation of the strategies outlined in the Climate Action Council Scoping Plan, and the implementation of the Environmental Bond Act. They will collaborate and partner with AGM program, field, and leadership staff as well as leaders/executives from other state agencies. These agencies include the Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Energy Research Authority, and federal partners at the National Resource Conservation Service, the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Special Assistant will work with various constituent groups to develop programs related to farmland protection water quality, carbon sequestration, methane mitigation, renewable energy, and other climate and environmental policies. They will also evaluate and report on present and proposed policies and their impact statewide, regionally, and nationally.
The position is located at the Department of Agriculture and Markets’ headquarters conveniently located near the Albany International Airport at 10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235. We offer a professional and comfortable working environment with ample free parking. This is a management/confidential (MC) position in the exempt jurisdictional class that offers a competitive salary range of $95,056 – $120,156/year with excellent benefits. Benefits include but are not limited to Health, Dental and Vision coverage, NYS Pension Plan membership, Life Insurance coverage, and Voluntary Defined Contribution Plan.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards the State’s food supply, land, and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York’s agriculture industries.
If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the people of New York State by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, nutritious, and accessible food supply; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents, then the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is for you.
To learn more about our agency and our mission, please visit https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/.
Appointment Process and Minimum Qualifications:
Special Assistant is an Exempt Class position within the NYS Civil Service Merit System. Section 41(1) of the Civil Service Law provides that the Exempt Class shall include “all other offices or positions for which the Civil Service Commission has determined it is not practicable to fill by competitive or non-competitive examination.” These positions are not tenure-bearing.
Approval for appointment to this position will go through the Budget Director Approval (BDA) process, including a fingerprint background check.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in in environmental studies, political science, public administration, forestry, or a closely related agricultural or natural resources discipline and five years of experience in policy development, implementation or management and/or experience working on climate change, agricultural environmental management, soil and water conservation or renewable energy programs. Four years of specialized experience or an associate’s degree and two years of specialized experience may substitute for a bachelor’s degree; J.D. or master’s degree may substitute for one year of specialized experience; Ph.D. may substitute for two years of specialized experience.
How to Apply:
Candidates that are eligible and interested in being considered for appointment to this position must complete our online employment application and upload their cover letter, college transcript(s), and resume to the system. Our online employment application can be found here:
The deadline to apply is January 2, 2023.
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Sacco in Human Resources at (518) 457-3216 or recruitment(at)agriculture.ny.gov.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info(at)goer.ny.gov.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $95,056.00 – $120,156.00 per year
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
8 hour shift
Monday to Friday
Ability to commute/relocate:
Albany, NY 12235: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
Work Location: One location
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