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Grow With Us!

  • Grow with Us!

    Careers at MDARD logoFood and Agriculture is one of the largest industries in Michigan. Grow with us and make a difference.

    A Great Place to Grow

    We're the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. If you desire to work in a professional and supportive environment that fosters personal investment in our workforce, then MDARD is the place for you.

    MDARD encourages and embraces innovation, creativity and growth so we can provide the best service possible to the food and agriculture businesses, our communities, and our colleagues.

    Opportunities for Growth

    Our team members are offered opportunities for growth throughout their careers.


    Newly hired employees receive on-the-job training are paired with experienced staff to learn the ropes first-hand. Advanced, position-specific training and emergency preparedness training are also provided.

    Professional Development

    MDARD encourages participation in mentoring and job shadowing programs, professional development and leadership courses, including the Great Lakes Leadership Academy at Michigan State University, and the state's Quality of Life Leadership Academy. Financial support or discounted tuition rates are available through select colleges for staff interested in furthering their education.

    Community Service and Outreach

    A dedication to serving our communities and the generosity of our employees shines through with activities like the annual Michigan Harvest Gathering, a food and fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Employees also support United Way charities through the State Employees Combined Campaign and serve as mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters at-school Lunch Buddies program.

    Team Building

    We spend a lot of time with our work family, so nurturing personal relationships is key to our professional success. Our team is strengthened by events and activities coordinated by MDARD's Special Events Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup. From group outings at baseball games to lunchtime potlucks and events that encourage sharing of our cultural roots, we get to know, understand and appreciate each other.

    Who We Are

    Our employees make the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development more than just a state agency. We are a group of individuals with a shared responsibility to our customers.

Benefits Available to State of Michigan Employees

  • Complete List of Benefits Available to State of Michigan Employees

    Insurance Benefits
    State of Michigan employment benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, and many voluntary benefit options.

    Vacation/Leave Time
    Full time employees receive between 15 and 35 vacation leave days per year, 13 sick days per year, and 8 hours annually to participate in certain school functions or community activities. Employees may also qualify for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family or medical situations.

    Paid Holidays
    State employees receive 12 scheduled holidays each year, which include New Years Eve Day and New Years Day, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day just to name a few.

    Alternative Work Schedules
    Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options are available in many jobs.

    Deferred Compensation
    Employees may invest income in a tax-deferred retirement investment program. The state offers two optional deferred compensation plans, the 457 and 401(k). Employees decide the amount to be deducted from their paychecks.

    For a complete list of benefits available to State of Michigan employees, please visit this page on the Civil Service Commission website.