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Plant Protection - Invasive Insects

Recruitment #22-002293-0024


Seeking to hire multiple Field Technicians to assist in survey and detection activities for invasive insect pests.  This is contractual employment and workers will be paid for actual hours worked only. Contractual paid leave and health benefits available.

Note: Hours will vary due to weather and other factors, but Full-Time - 40 hours/week are generally available throughout the year.




MDA-Headquarter Annapolis, MD

Main Purpose of Job

To assist in survey and detection activities for invasive insect pests throughout Maryland.  


Duties will include:

  • Surveys of insects and maintenance of insect traps throughout Maryland,
  • Accurate data collection, and use of equipment such as GPS units and personal computers.
  • Work may also 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.
  • Training will be provided.


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and possess a license to drive in the State of Maryland (with no more than 5 points on driving record).

Education: High School Diploma or GED

Experience: Previous experience with biological field work preferred but not 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 (e.g. high school diploma or college transcripts) must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be 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.


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. 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.

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).

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Kathleen Newhouse 410-841-5837 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.

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