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Plant Protection & Weed Management Unit

Recruitment #19-002293-0024



This is contractual employment and incumbent will be paid for actual hours worked only.  Immediate full-time work between May and October 2019.

Work involves exposure to biting/stinging insects, ticks, poison ivy, pesticides, high humidity and high temperatures in the field.  Employees may be required to wear protective equipment.

Training will be provided on laboratory and field survey work.




Maryland Department of Agriculture Headquarters

50 Harry S. Truman Parkway

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Main Purpose of Job

This position assist in survey and detection activities for different diseases and nematodes in stone fruits, small berries, tomatoes, and peppers between May and October 2019.


Duties will include collection of disease samples in the field, preparation of sample for testing (tear/cut/weigh/grind), operation of laboratory equipment such as pH meter, balance, microscope, electrophoresis, Bunsen burner, centrifuge and autoclave, accurate data collection. This position will enter data, handle correspondence and phone calls.


High School Diploma or GED, minimum age 18, valid driver's license required with no more that 5 points on driving record.


Previous experience with biological field work preferred but not required. 


Employees in this position will be expected to safely operate a State Vehicle, and a driver's license with no more that 5 points on the driving record is required.


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 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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits 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 contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar 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: Hazel Day 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.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.