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Forest Pest Management Program

Recruitment #18-002889-0008




Maryland Department of Agriculture - Headquarters Building - Annapolis, Maryland

NOTE:  This position will work under the direction of the regional Entomologist, and will perform duties in Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties.  Occasional travel to other areas of the State will be required.

Main Purpose of Job

To protect the forest resources in Maryland from the adverse effects of insects and diseases through environmentally and economically sound pest management.


Gypsy Moth Population Survey - includes performing gypsy moth egg mass surveys to determine population density, maintaining and updating records in regional database and GIS, determine site status for surveys, participate in at least one general gypsy moth survey in the region to monitor population trends.

Pest Suppression Activities - includes working with the regional Entomologist to prepare for a Gypsy Moth Suppression Program, delineating block boundaries, identifying landowners using GIS, preparing notification mailings , attending public information meetings. and assisting with aerial spray operations.  Also includes working as part of a team on suppression activities for hemlock woolly adelgid, mixing and application of pesticides, tree selection and recordkeeping.

Forest Health Surveys and Trapping - works with regional Entomologist to determine location and extent of insect damage to wooded areas, participate in tree mortality surveys, and trapping for Sirex noctillio, Walnut Twig Beetle, and Emerald Ash Borer.

Education and Outreach -  answers questions from and educates the public and private landowners on program activities, attend appropriate training to maintain a MDA pesticide license.


Education:    Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two years of experience in one of the following: production, processing, marketing, grading or inspection of agricultural products or chemicals; assisting veterinarians in care and management of animals; animal disease control; care or management of livestock or inspecting veterinary hospitals, riding stables or livestock dealers; installation, inspection, repair, or testing of weighting, volumetric measuring or counting devices; inspecting labeling and packaging; pesticide sales, use, regulation, or application; production, maintenance or inspection of a tree plantation or nursery stock; pest or weed control; wildlife population censuring; or the production, sales, inspection or testing of seed or turf products.


1.  Applicants may substitute fifteen credit hours in agriculture; animal, biological, environmental, food or physical sciences; chemistry; mathematics; engineering, or law enforcement at an accredited college or university for each year of experience for up to two years of experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience non-commissioned officer in quality assurance, inspection and grading classification or quality assurance, inspection and grading specialty codes in the agricultural commodity grading field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. 


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualifications.

At least one year experience in entomology, forest or forest pest management, invasive plant management or other forestry or ornamental tree experience.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator license’s valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification may be assigned to any county or region of the State and may be required to establish residence within their assigned geographic area.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information, such as diplomas or transcripts, concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.



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, 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.