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Forest Pest Field Technician


Recruitment #23-002293-0033


The Maryland Department of Agriculture is a department under Maryland's Executive Branch.  Formed in 1972 by the Maryland General Assembly to address the agriculture needs for the State of Maryland, the Department oversees and serves as a regulatory body for animal health, consumer services to include marketing and lab services, plant and pest management and resource conservation.  As the number one industry in Maryland, the diversity of agriculture programs in the State continues to expand and grow.

Our Forest Pest Management Program protects Maryland's rural and urban forest tree resources from adverse effects of insects, diseases, and other pests through environmentally sound pest management.  Join our Team and make a difference to protect our forests!

This is contractual employment and includes subsidized health insurance, limited paid leave, and does not include benefits such as holidays.




3525 Conowingo Road, Suite 400, Street, Maryland 21154

This position will cover Harford, Baltimore, Cecil and Kent Counties

Main Purpose of Job

The Forest Pest Management Program is seeking seasonal employees to assist with the emerald ash borer biocontrol & suppression activities, spring and fall hemlock woolly adelgid suppression activities, spongy moth suppression & egg mass surveys, and other forest pest projects as assigned between August 2023 and July 2024. Work will be in forested and urban areas.


Duties will include:

Ø Contact with the public and recording data.  

Ø Application of systemic insecticides to ash and hemlock trees.  

Ø Work may involve exposure to insects, ticks, poison ivy, and forest and urban animals, lengthy hikes, working in steep and rocky areas, and carrying packs, supplies and equipment.  

Ø Overnight travel may be required, for up to a week at a time.


High School Diploma or GED required. Each candidate must be at least 18 years of age and possess a driver's license valid in Maryland, with no more than 5 points on the candidate's driving record.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess college coursework in Biology, or experience conducting field surveys involving insects or plants. 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.)


Valid Driver's License required, with no more than 5 points on driving record.



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: Stacey Summers 410-841-5842 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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