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Recruitment #17-002293-0031


There are currently two vacancies: 

Western Maryland Region - Garrett, Allegany and Washington Counties; and

Southern Maryland Region - Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and Saint Mary's Counties.

On your employment application, please indicate each county in which you are willing to work.

This is part-time work, with variable hours (approximately 200 hours total per season).  Contractual employees are paid for actual hours worked only, with no paid leave.  Mileage will be reimbursed when traveling within your assigned region.




Western Maryland Region - Garrett, Allegany and Washington Counties

Southern Maryland Region - Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and Saint Mary's Counties

Main Purpose of Job

Apiary Inspector - Part-time seasonal field aide to assist with activities of the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Apiary Inspection Program.


Conduct inspection of honey bee colonies for diseases, pests and pesticide losses; make recommendations of appropriate measures for honey bee colony management and control of bee diseases; keep records and perform office work to document inspection activities; and assist with licensing activities.

Work will involve interactions with the public; exposure to biting/stinging insects, ticks, poison ivy, high temperature and humidity and other outdoor exposures.  Employees may be required to use personal protective equipment.


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.

High School Diploma or GED required.


This is specialized work, and a thorough understanding of honey bee colonies and beekeeping programs is required to carry out inspection activities.  A minimum of three years of successful, progressively responsible experience in a practical beekeeping program or in beekeeping inspection is required.


A driver's license valid in Maryland is required.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.


Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. Online applications are STRONGLY preferred, however paper applications will be accepted from candidates who may not have internet access.  All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)  Mailing address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.

If you are submitting additional information, such as a high school diploma, the preferred method is to upload online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 410-841-5846).  Mailing address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Mary Darling at 410-841-5840 or

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.