State of Maryland

ENTOMOLOGIST I Plant Protection (#001048)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $47,364.00-$78,528.00 Yearly






An Entomologist I Plant Protection is the entry level of professional specialized work in the field of applied entomology.  Employees in this classification, following a period of training and orientation, assist with entomological projects in the plant protection specialty area of work.   The work normally involves the conduct of surveys, studies or inspections regarding insect infestation.  Employees in this classification recommend appropriate control measures and assist in the implementation and evaluation of control programs, based on an evaluation of the results of such studies.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from higher-level Entomologists or the chief of the Plant Protection program specialty area.  After training and orientation, employees perform with increased independence for these projects, usually in an assigned geographical area of the State.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work Sections of the class specification.

The Entomologist I and the Entomologist II are differentiated on the basis of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees.  The Entomologist I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity specific duty being performed while the Entomologist II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Monitors insect pest populations in assigned portions of the State;

Assists in evaluating results of surveys and studies conducted;

Coordinates and provides liaison with USDA regulatory personnel regarding federal regulations, reports or cooperative activities;

Recommends appropriate plant pest control measures;

Aids in implementing plant quarantines in assigned areas;

Inspects plant nurseries, prepares reports of findings and recommends control measures to alleviate potential problem conditions;

Conducts surveys of commercial plant materials;

Provides coordination and liaison regarding Departmental programs concerning areas of assigned responsibility;

Assists in training professional and technical employees;

May prepare technical reports and papers for presentation to professional groups or associates;

Performs other related duties.  


Knowledge at the introductory level of the various types of insects affecting ornamental plants and fruit trees;

Knowledge of plant quarantine methods and procedures;

Knowledge of plant pathology;

Knowledge of insect taxonomy;

Knowledge at the introductory level of the principles of economic entomology;

Knowledge of the principles of agronomy and horticulture;

Ability to communicate effectively;

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others;

Ability to apply effectively entomological principles to the solution of practical problems.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Course work must have included a minimum of 21 credit hours selected from the subject areas of botany, entomology, horticulture, or plant pathology, at least 15 credit hours of which must have been in entomology.

Experience: None.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in entomology classifications or entomology specialty codes in the entomology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.




Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the applicants to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, applicants for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G, Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes.  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance levels in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class as defined in the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification, and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.  

Date Established

Jul 1 2004 12:00AM

Date Revised

September 1, 2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 001048; EST: 7/1/2004; REV: 10/12/2018;

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