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Forest Pest Field Technician

Contractual Seasonal Hourly

Recruitment #18-002293-0041


Applications currently being accepted for seasonal hourly positions in the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Forest Pest Management Program, for work to begin in August 2018.

This is contractual employment and workers will be paid for actual hours worked only.




There are currently three vacancies:

1 Opening - Central Maryland Region (covering Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and eastern Washington Counties)

1 Opening - Northeast Maryland Region (covering Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Cecil, Harford and Kent Counties)

1 Opening - Southern Maryland Region (covering Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties)

Main Purpose of Job

Seasonal work to assist with the fall hemlock woolly adelgid suppression activities, fall gypsy moth egg mass surveys, and other forest pest projects between August 2018 and December 2018.


Work will be assigned in forested and urban areas, between August 2018 and December 2018

Duties will include contact with the public and recording data, application of systemic insecticides to Hemlock trees, may involve exposure to insects, ticks, poison ivy, and forest and urban animals, lengthy hikes, working in steep and rocky areas, and carrying heavy packs, supplies and equipment.  Overnight travel may be required, for up to a week at a time.


High School Diploma or GED required.  Each candidate must be at least 18 years of age and possess a driver's license valid in Maryland, with no more than 5 points on the candidate's driving record.


Valid Driver's License required, with no more than 5 points on driving record.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications (such as a copy of your high school diploma or college transcripts) must be submitted by the closing date.


Contractual employees shall be eligible to accrue Paid Leave in accordance with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (Title 3, Subtitle 13 of the Labor and Employment Article).  The employee shall be eligible to use accrued Paid Leave after the first 106 calendar days the employee has worked for the Maryland Department of Agriculture.  The employee must maintain a schedule of at least 24 hours in a 2-week pay period in order to accrue Paid Leave.  If the employee works sufficient hours to accrue Paid Leave, the employee shall accrue Paid Leave at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours in a calendar year.

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.)

If you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts or certifications, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).  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 410-841-5847 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.