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Recruitment #21-001382-0001




Maryland Department of Agriculture Headquarters - Annapolis, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position coordinates a statewide program for the issuance of pesticide business licenses, restricted use pesticide dealer permits, pesticide applicator certificates and registered employee ID Cards. Plans and administers training programs, develops education materials and prepares and directs certification examinations.


Coordinate the issuance of pesticide business licenses, public agency permits, restricted use pesticide dealer permits, private applicator (farmers) and commercial applicator certificates, and registered employee ID Cards to ensure pesticides are applied by trained and competent individuals.  Includes developing written exams, assisting in planning and preparation of applicator training sessions, developing PowerPoint presentations and other visual aids.  Will prepare, revise, maintain and distribute training manuals.

Design Pesticide Information Sheets and other educational materials for use by licensees, applicator and the general public. Maintains reference files on pest control practices. Develops and coordinates mass mailings and represents the Department at in-state conferences, as well as national and federal meetings.

Establish standards for implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) programs for public school systems.  Review school district's IPM plans for compliance with regulations.

Prepare the annual Environmental Protection Agency EPA/MDA Cooperative Agreement for Pesticides programs by completing application forms.  Assemble federal budget proposals, develop work plans, assists with program budget and purchasing activities.

Provide direction and lead administrative support staff.


Education:    A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Course work must have included a minimum of 21 credit hours selected from among the subject areas of agronomy, botany, entomology, horticulture, or plant pathology, at least 6 credit hours of which must have been in the subject area of entomology.

Experience: Three years of experience in applied economic entomology directly related to pesticides.


1. Applicants may substitute graduate education in entomology, with specialized work in the field of pesticides, for up to two years of experience at the rate of one year of graduate education to one year of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in entomology classifications or entomology specialty codes in the entomology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education. 


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

Experience working with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.

Experience developing pesticide safety or similar training programs.

Experience working with federal grants or budgets.


Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the applicants to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, applicants for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions.


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.  

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.