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Recruitment #22-001328-0038



The Pesticide Regulation Section administers Maryland's Pesticide Applicator's Law, approves training courses in the handling, storage and use of pesticides, conducts examinations to determine that pesticide applicators are competent to follow prescribed pest control practices, enforces federal laws on the sale and use of pesticides, and investigates pesticide accidents or incidents and consumer complaints on pesticide misuse.





Responsible for review and preliminary approval of applications for individuals seeking commercial and public agency certification. Grading exams and processing test and result notices, lists and information for individuals seeking certification as commercial, public agency or private applicators. Responsible for the examining, processing, renewing, certifying, maintaining files and data entry for Private Applicators. Processing supply and purchase orders, coding, logging and maintaining files for purchase orders, supply orders and invoices.

Reviews and approves applications of Business Licensees, Public Agency Permits and Private Applicators seeking certification or re-certification to determine if minimum requirements are met and required documentation has been submittedContacts applicator via telephone, email or egov to inform of application inadequacies and measures to be taken in order to qualify for issuance of new license or certificate.

Generates approval/denial letter to be sent to applicant upon final approval by supervisor. Maintains and compiles examinee study guides and informational material to be sent with approval.  Enters information concerning applicants for commercial and public agency applicator certification into computer database. 

Generates test notices and notifies the lists of applicators eligible to take exams from exam session proctors. Electronically or manually grades exams, provides applicant with test results and information regarding steps to be taken to complete the certification process. Maintains records on the number of individuals and number of examinations by category administered to commercial/public agency applicators seeking certification. Maintains files on applicants pending certification.

Responsible for Private Applicator Certification by generating renewal notices, approving applications, electronically grading exams, issuing certificates and entering information concerning applicants into computer database. Provides applicant and County Extension Agents with test results and information regarding steps to be taken to complete certification process.  Maintains records on number of individuals taking private applicator certification examinations.

Prepares, tracks and maintains purchase orders and invoices for payment on supplies, goods, equipment and services purchased by Pesticide Regulations Unit. Ensure purchases are properly coded to the correct budget and object code.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two years performing secretarial or clerical work involving typing duties.


1. Additional secretarial or clerical experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Thirty credit hours with a major in secretarial science or office technology from an accredited college may be substituted at the rate of thirty credits for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Administration classifications or Administrative, Clerical, or Office Services specialty codes in the Administrative Support field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.  


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 in receiving and placing customer service telephone calls and emails.
Experience in data entry and managing data files. 
Experience working with Oracle databases.


Demonstrated ability to accurately type on a keyboard of a personal computer at a minimum of forty words per minute may be required, depending on the specific requirements of the position.


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 application 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.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. 

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). 

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. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Kathleen Newhouse at 410-841-5837 or

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