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Maryland Conservation Corps Crew Leader

Recruitment #20-002138-0001


Long-Term Contractual

Seven (7) vacancies; full-time 

Contract Period: September 2020 - September 2021 (requires working weekends and holidays, both day and evening shifts)




Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary (Prince George’s County)
Susquehanna State Park (Harford County)
Tuckahoe State Park (Caroline County)
Deep Creek Lake State Park (Garrett County)
Assateague State Park (Worcester County)
Patapsco Valley State Park (Howard/Baltimore Counties)
Gunpowder Falls State Park (Baltimore County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service is accepting applications for seven (7) long-term contractual positions as Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) Crew Leaders. The successful applicants will be responsible for working with and coordinating the work schedules and work assignments of a crew of four to six Conservation Corps members based out of Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Susquehanna, Tuckahoe, New Germany, Assateague, Patapsco Valley and Gunpowder Falls State Parks. The Crew Leader will report directly to and provide assistance to the assigned Park Ranger for the Maryland Conservation Corps. The Crew Leader provides advice, guidance and direction pertaining to work responsibilities, education and job training. The Crew Leader may be asked to make recommendations about work projects, project implementation techniques, education components, jobs skills training, and life skills training. The Crew Leader will meet with the Park Ranger, Park Manager and MCC headquarters staff in regard to the welfare of the crew and individual corps members. In the Park Ranger’s absence, the Crew Leader will be responsible for public relations and the service component of the program within the community. Travel around the state will be necessary for projects and trainings, and there will be mandatory overnight trips for up to a week at a time. These positions will be responsible for assisting with the following functions: payroll forms, weekly reports, personnel reports, monthly calendar schedules, quarterly reports, tool inventory and vehicle forms.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

• Lead and serve as a role model to a crew of four to six young adults 17-25 years of age.
• Accept responsibility for any assigned equipment and vehicles.
• Plan and implement daily schedules.
• Teach job and life skills to corps members.
• Coordinate community service projects with corps members and community leaders.
• Submit weekly time cards, progress reports, statistics and other paperwork as required.
• Speak to the public, community groups, school groups, organizations, and the media to plan, develop and deliver programs.

Candidates will be working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and must be in good physical condition. Position will require working weekends and holidays. Candidates may be subject to call-in status. Applicants must have the ability to follow verbal and written instructions, work independently with limited supervision, communicate effectively orally and in writing, and possess a strong desire to work with the public. Applicants must adhere to all State and Federal laws, safety regulations, and must understand and adhere to all park policies.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of park operations, recreation, education, business administration, forestry, social sciences or a natural resources related field.

Experience: None.


1.  Candidates may substitute experience in park management, recreation or a natural resources related field on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in management and program clerical and assistance classification or management and program clerical and assistance specialty codes in the general, administrative, clerical, and office services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. Mainly used for your trainee level in class series.  


1. Experience in a national, state, county or local park.
2. Experience in an AmeriCorps program.
3. Experience with service or campus organizations.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a phone number where they can be reached.


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.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.    


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 unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Khia Poteat at

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates 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.