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FOREST PEST FIELD TECHNICIAN

Contractual Seasonal Hourly

Recruitment #19-002293-0037

Introduction

Applications are currently being accepted for seasonal hourly positions to work July through mid-December in the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Forest Pest Management Program. This is contractual employment and workers will be paid for actual hours worked only.  Contractual paid leave and health benefits available.

GRADE

9998

LOCATION OF POSITION

There are currently two vacancies:

1 Opening - Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Office in Easton (covering Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties)

1 Opening - Northeast Maryland Regional Office in Street (covering Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, and Kent Counties; Baltimore City)

Main Purpose of Job

To assist with seasonal activities in the Forest Pest Management Program, including Gypsy Moth surveys and other projects as assigned.

POSITION DUTIES

Work will be in rough forest environments and other forested and urban areas.  Duties will include surveying for gypsy moth and insect pests, reading maps, contact with the public and recording data.  Work may involve exposure to insects, ticks, poison ivy, and forest and urban animals, lengthy hikes, working in steep and rocky areas, and carrying packs, supplies and equipment.  Other projects include releasing Emerald Ash Borer parasitoids, and servicing traps for forest pests.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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

SELECTION PROCESS

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 high school diploma) must be submitted by the closing date.

BENEFITS

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.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: 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 diplomas or 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).

All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.) Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

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. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Mary Darling at 410-841-5847 or mary.darling@maryland.gov.