Delaney started his career with the Soil Conservation Service in the summer of 1980 as a student trainee soil scientist in Andalusia, Alabama. He also worked two other summers, 1981 in Pell City, Alabama and 1982 in Union Springs, Alabama. He started a full time career after graduating from Alabama A&U University in 1983 as a Soil Scientist at the Andalusia Soil Survey Office in Andalusia, Alabama. He worked in several other soil offices while in Alabama. He came to Mississippi in December of 1992 as a Soil Survey Project Leader at the Escatawpa Soil Survey Office in Escatawpa (Moss Point), Mississippi. He moved to Vicksburg in March of 1996 working with the Mississippi Delta Regional Wetlands Team as a Soil Scientist. He because the Assistant State Soil Scientist at the Jackson State Office in October of 2000. Was named the State Soil Scientist in September of 2009.
Delaney's responsibilities are to advise and assist the state conservationist in allocating resources to carry out all soil surveys and technical soil services in the State of Mississippi. He also develop local soil interpretations and supervise MLRA soil survey office leaders, develop cooperative relationships and serve as liaisons to the state cooperative soil survey cooperators and the MLRA soil surveys regional offices He also provides legend administration for delivery of data to customers and identify needs for imagery, orthophotography, digital elevation models (DEM's) and other data layers for the state.