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Recruitment #22-002293-0019



1 opening in Western Region of Maryland (Allegheny, Garrett, Washington counties

1 opening in Central Region of Maryland (Carroll, Frederick counties)

1 opening in Upper Eastern Shore (Caroline, Queen Anne's, Talbot counties)

1 opening in Lower Eastern Shore (Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset) 

This is seasonal work with variable hours, approximately 200 hours per season.  Contractual employees are paid for actual hours worked only.  Mileage will be reimbursed at the State of Maryland reimbursement rate (currently .585 cents per mile, subject to change) when traveling within your assigned region. This is contractual employment and does not include benefits such as leave time, holidays, or health insurance.




Maryland Department of Agriculture Headquarters - Annapolis, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is seeking a seasonal field aide to work as an apiary inspector. This is a part-time position (approximately 200 hours for the season) with duties within these counties of Maryland.


Duties will include inspection of honeybee colonies for diseases, pests, and pesticide losses, recommendations of appropriate measures for honeybee colony management and control of honeybee pests and diseases, accurate record keeping/office work as required to document inspection actions and assist with licensing activities. Work will involve interactions with the public.

Work will involve exposure to biting/stinging insects, ticks, poison ivy, high temperature and humidity and other outdoors exposure. Employees may be required to use personal protective equipment. This is contractual employment and does not include benefits such as leave time, holidays, or health insurance. Mileage will be reimbursed at the State of Maryland reimbursement rate (currently .585 cents per mile, subject to change).


Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.  High School Diploma or GED required.


This is specialized work, and a thorough understanding of honey bee colonies and beekeeping programs is required to carry out inspection activities.  A minimum of three years of successful, progressively responsible experience in a practical beekeeping program or in beekeeping inspection is required.


A driver's license valid in Maryland is required.


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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits 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 contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar 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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