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Recruitment #19-002889-0001




This position will report to MDA Headquarters which is located in Anne Arundel County.

There is currently (1) vacancy for the Western Maryland Region for Anne Arundel, Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington Counties and may include other areas of the state.

Please select all of the locations in which you will accept employment. 

Main Purpose of Job

This position conducts announced and or unannounced routine inspections and investigations to assure compliance with the Maryland Pesticide Applicator's Law Title 15 Department of Agriculture Subtitle 05 Pesticide Use Control Chapters 01 and 02, Code of Federal Regulations 40 Part 150 to 173 and the Federal, Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act by those individuals involved in the manufacture, production, dale, distribution, storage, disposal, handling and use of pesticides. Enforcement activities directly support the State's goal of ensuring the health and safety of its citizens as well as protection of the environment including the Chesapeake Bay.


Schedules and conducts, routine, as well as, inspections and investigations and may assists higher level inspectors.

All inspections and investigations must be conducted as per the "MDA PRS Inspectors Manual and SOP for Inspectors" and the "EPA Pesticide Inspectors Manual".  When directed, responds to consumer complaints.

Prepares and completes inspection reports and or investigative reports.

Determines what evidence is needed to confirm violations observed.

Collects samples of pesticides, pesticide products and any other medium possibly containing or contaminated with pesticides; documents and photographs conditions observed; and recommends corrective actions.

Assists in the training, pest control businesses, public agencies, pesticide dealers, certified private applicators, private citizens and other organizations concerning state and federal laws and regulations.

Administers examinations to persons seeking certification as commercial or private applicators.

Testifies in department and EPA administrative hearings, criminal and civil proceedings.


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.  


At least one year of experience with handling and the use of pesticides.


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 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: 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.