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Recruitment #20-002889-0001


This recruitment is open to all qualified applicants.


9 (Note:  effective July 1, 2020, the grade level for this classification will increase to Grade 10.)


This position is based in Salisbury, Maryland and requires varying amounts of field work depending on the demands of the season.

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to perform laboratory management, surveillance, field inspections, and to assist with all aspects of routine administrative and office management duties in a laboratory setting under the direction of an Administrator or Agricultural Inspector Supervisor.


Laboratory Management - Manages the Salisbury Mosquito Control Laboratory according to established laboratory protocol and standards, including the receipt of mosquito collections, specimen identification, data entry and summarization, report writing, and specimen shipping. Manages surveillance data, insecticide and parts inventories and laboratory expenditures. May also include supervision of one or more contractual employees in the laboratory.

Mosquito Surveillance & Control - Conducts control activities of larval and adult mosquito populations in the field. Prepares field maps and federal/State permit maps using computer based mapping technology. Sets and collects mosquito surveillance traps. Assists supervisor in the mixing, loading and transporting of insecticides. Assists in the calibration, maintenance and testing of mosquito control equipment. Trains and leads seasonal contractual employees in the field.

This position requires the safe operation of motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and motorized insecticide application equipment.  Employees must be willing to work a flexible work schedule, including early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays to meet seasonal workload needs. Overtime may be required.

Agricultural Inspector II is part of a non-competitive classification series. Successful performance in the position will lead to promotion to Agricultural Inspector III and will require that the employee obtains a commercial pesticide applicator certificate, issued by the Maryland Department of Agriculture within six months of promotion.


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.  


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

One year of experience performing work in insect control and/or surveillance.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

1. Laboratory experience using a microscope to identify insect anatomy.

2. Experience collecting, examining and classifying biological specimens.


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.



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.

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact:  Mary Darling at 410-841-5847 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.