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2 positions available - Elk Neck State Forest

Recruitment #19-002293-0020


Seasonal Contractual

1 Full Time Position  
1 Part Time Position (not to exceed 24 hours per week)

Contract Period: May 2019 - March 2020


Elk Neck State Forest; North East, MD (Cecil County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service/Central Region, is currently accepting applications for two Seasonal Contractual Trails Worker positions located at Elk Neck State Forest, Cecil County, Maryland. The selected candidates will be responsible for all duties associated with the day to day operations of Elk Neck State Forest's hiking trails and all facilities within the forest.

Job duties will include maintenance of over 16 miles of hiking trails, cleaning and maintaining restrooms, maintaining driving roads, overseeing shooting range activities and documenting forest activity and general maintenance of the area. Candidates in these positions will assist with wildland fire suppression as needed. The selected candidates will be the first line of contact with State Forest visitors and will need to have good communication skills, as well as knowledge of the forest rules and regulations. Good customer service skills are a key component of these positions. Weekend, holidays and evening hours are required for these positions. The candidates must be able to work independently in a remote area of Elk Neck State Forest. Selected candidates will also perform other duties as necessary to facilitate the operations of Elk Neck State Forest.


Education: High School diploma or equivalent.

Experience: None.


Candidates should have experience in hiking trail management and maintenance of facilities with an emphasis on working knowledge of forest and park operations.


1. Ability to operate and maintain heavy equipment to include skid steers, road graders, back hoes, bull dozers and agricultural tractors.
2. Possession of or the ability to obtain a CDL driver’s license.
3. Experience operating a chainsaw or chainsaw certification.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment, and report all experience and education related to this position. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered; please include it on your application, if applicable. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.


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.

Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who works an average of at least 12 hours per week. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


The online application is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:

Department of Natural Resources
Human Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, C-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Human Resources Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson at  

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