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Recruitment #22-002293-0027


Applications are being accepted for a seasonal position (July to January) in Maryland Department of Agriculture's Forest Pest Management Program.  This is contractual employment and workers will be paid for actual hours worked only.  Contractual paid leave and health benefits available. On the job training will be provided.




Western Maryland Regional Office - Cumberland, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This seasonal position will assist the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Forest Pest Management Program with emerald ash borer biocontrol and suppression activities, fall hemlock woolly adelgid suppression activities, spongy moth suppression and egg mass surveys, and other forest pest projects as assigned between July 2022 and January 2023.


Work will be assigned in forested and urban areas, between July 2022 and January 2023. Duties will include contact with the public and recording data, application of systemic insecticides to ash and hemlock trees, may involve exposure to insects, ticks, poison ivy, and forest and urban animals, lengthy hikes, working in steep and rocky areas, carrying heavy packs, supplies and equipment, and requires safe operation of a State vehicle.  Overnight travel may be required, for up to a week at a time.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum Age 18
  • Valid Driver's License


Preference will be given to applicants who possess any of the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.  (Note:  while this experience is preferred, it is NOT required. On the job training will be provided.)

  • College coursework in Biology
  • Experience conducting field surveys involving insects or plants.


A Driver's License valid in Maryland is required, with less than 6 points on the applicant's driving record.


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. 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, email, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).

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.

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