Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Program Specialist Trainee 1 (Cannabis), G-13

Occupation Group

Service Regulation and Compliance

Salary Information

Starting Salary

$46,529

Career Ladder Information

Salary Information for Program Specialist Trainee 1 Cannabis
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Program Specialist Trainee 1 Cannabis 13 $46,529 $59,542
Program Specialist Trainee 2 Cannabis 14 $49,202 $62,806
Program Specialist 1 Cannabis 18 $61,270 $77,912
Program Specialist 2 Cannabis 23 $79,325 $100,342
Program Specialist 3 Cannabis 27 $97,826 $120,492

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

Job Description

Program Specialists (Cannabis) perform a broad range of professional, administrative, and technical tasks in the administration, supervision, and oversight of programs/units within the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) involving the licensure of persons authorized to cultivate, process, distribute, and sell cannabis and the use of cannabis by persons aged twenty-one and older.

Trainees will receive a combination of structured training, on-the-job training, and/or practical job performance to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to function at the full performance level.

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Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

a bachelor's degree in accounting, agriculture, analytics, biology, business administration, business management, chemical engineering, communications, criminal justice, economics, epidemiology, finance, health administration, health policy, horticulture, management and administration, microbiology, plant sciences, political science, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, sociology, statistics, or urban studies.

Advanced Placement

If chosen, you may, at the agency's discretion, be appointed to a higher level. You must inform the agency of any additional qualifications at your interview.

View Additional Qualifications

For Trainee 2 you must also have:

Either 1. One year of professional experience in a regulatory compliance/oversight entity that included two or more of the following: accounting and auditing; investigating and/or inspecting regulated entities and facilities; interpreting and explaining policies, rules, regulations, or laws to organizations, government or corporate officials, or individuals; policy analysis and research; surveillance; quality assurance that included evaluating whether projects met/are meeting requirements that included risk assessment; providing professional level economic development products or services; community outreach which included vulnerable populations; negotiating and/or approving contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other administrative control processes; OR

2. A master's degree or higher in accounting, agriculture, analytics, biology, business administration, business management, chemical engineering, communications, criminal justice, economics, epidemiology, finance, health administration, health policy, horticulture, management and administration, microbiology, plant sciences, political science, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, sociology, statistics, urban studies.

For the Full Performance Level you must also have:

Either 1. Two years of professional experience in a regulatory compliance/oversight entity that included two or more of the following: accounting and auditing; investigating and/or inspecting regulated entities and facilities; interpreting and explaining policies, rules, regulations, or laws to organizations, government or corporate officials, or individuals; policy analysis and research; surveillance; quality assurance that included evaluating whether projects met/are meeting requirements that included risk assessment; providing professional level economic development products or services; community outreach which included vulnerable populations; negotiating and/or approving contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other administrative control processes; OR

2. A master's degree or higher in accounting, agriculture, analytics, biology, business administration, business management, chemical engineering, communications, criminal justice, economics, epidemiology, finance, health administration, health policy, horticulture, management and administration, microbiology, plant sciences, political science, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, sociology, statistics, urban studies.AND One year of professional experience in a regulatory compliance/oversight entity that included two or more of the following: accounting and auditing; investigating and/or inspecting regulated entities and facilities; interpreting and explaining policies, rules, regulations, or laws to organizations, government or corporate officials, or individuals; policy analysis and research; surveillance; quality assurance that included evaluating whether projects met/are meeting requirements that included risk assessment; providing professional level economic development products or services; community outreach which included vulnerable populations; negotiating and/or approving contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other administrative control processes.

How to Apply

The November 2022 PCO Examination is closed, applications are no longer being accepted