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Seasonal Forestry Assistant


Recruitment #22-002293-0029


The Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Unit, is currently accepting applications for Seasonal Forestry Assistant position.





717 Irishtown Road, North East, MD 21901 (Cecil County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service/Central Region, is currently accepting applications for one Seasonal Forestry Assistant position located at Elk Neck State Forest, Cecil County, Maryland. The selected candidates will be responsible for all duties associated with the day to day operations of Elk Neck State Forest’s hiking trails and all facilities within the forest.

Their job duties will include maintenance of over 16 miles of hiking trails, cleaning and maintaining restrooms, maintaining driving roads, overseeing shooting range activities and documenting forest activity and general maintenance of the area. Candidates in these positions will assist with wildland fire suppression as needed. These candidates will be the first line of contact with State Forest visitors and will need to have good communication skills, as well as knowledge of the forest rules and regulations. Good customer service skills are a key component of these positions. Weekend, holidays and evening hours are required for these positions. The candidates must be able to work independently in a remote area of Elk Neck State Forest. These candidates will also perform other duties as necessary to facilitate the operations of Elk Neck State Forest.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent

Experience: Candidates for these positions should have six (6) months experience in hiking trail management and maintenance of facilities with an emphasis on working knowledge of forest and park operations.


1) Ability to operate and maintain heavy equipment to include skid steers, road graders, back hoes, bulldozers and agricultural tractors.
2) Possession of or the ability to obtain a CDL driver’s license and possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
3) Experience operating a chainsaw or chainsaw certification.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


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 is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at or call 410-767-4850.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Chris Langley at

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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