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Lead Trails Technician

Recruitment #19-003092-0005


Long-Term Contractual

One vacancy; full-time

Contract Period: One year w/possibility of renewal




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

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service is currently accepting applications for one Natural Resources Technician I position. This employee will implement the Elk Neck State Forest Recreation Trails Program and will serve as a Lead Trails Technician on nearly 27 miles of hiking and improved trails located at Elk Neck State Forest. The position supports the recreation and forestry tasks for the Forest, including trail assessment, maintaining boundary lines, controlling invasive species, coordinating with recreational users and trail groups, collecting data, planting trees, boundary line recovery, wild fire suppression activities and other duties as assigned. Maintenance of equipment, as needed, and operation of the following equipment used in the above duties may apply: chainsaw, brush saws, leaf blowers, tractors, ATVs/UTVs, and other heavy equipment. The employee will serve as the Trail Crew Leader and may lead or guide other employees.

Applicants must be willing and available to work evenings and/or weekends for wildland fire suppression response. Applicants must be willing to work outdoors in various weather conditions.


Education: Completion of sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 of which are in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: None.


1. Additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the biological science technician field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.   


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualifications; please include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

1. Professional, field-level experience working in a forest or park setting.
2. Two years of experience in the skilled maintenance or construction trades.
3. Experience conducting trail maintenance, construction, and design assignments.
4. Experience operating heavy equipment, utility vehicles, and power tools.
5. Experience in leading and coaching employees through their daily assignments.
6. Experience in working with and directing volunteers.
7. Possession of basic wildland fire training.
8. Possession of Chainsaw Certification, or an acceptable equivalent from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, or Maryland Forest Service.
9. Ability to lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds or more.


Persons appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


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 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.