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Seasonal Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC)

Naturalist/Bus Chaperone - 8 positions available

Recruitment #19-002292-0101


Seasonal Contractual

8 vacancies; full-time

Contract Period: June 10, 2020 - August 18, 2020


PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK in Catonsville (Hilton Area) and Marriottsville (McKeldin Area, Maryland (BALTIMORE & HOWARD COUNTIES)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) is a five-week summer employment program for disadvantaged youth ages 14 - 17 operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service. CJC uses outdoor experiential activities and the power of nature to enrich the lives of youth and prepare them for future success in the workforce. The Maryland Park Service is currently recruiting for multiple seasonal contractual positions for CJC Naturalist/Bus Chaperone for the CJC Program. You must indicate on the Supplemental Questionnaire the specific location(s) of interest for this recruitment.

The CJC Naturalist/Bus Chaperone positions; two (2) located at Patapsco Valley State Park (Hilton Area), two (2) located at Patapsco Valley State Park (McKeldin Area), two (2) located at Gunpowder Falls State Park (Hammerman Beach Area) and two (2) located at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, will be responsible for the facilitation (with assistance of a CJC Crew Chief) of outdoor recreation activities and environmental enrichment activities. This includes all Pre-Activities, Field Studies, Post Activities, canoeing, fishing, archery, hiking and swimming. This position will require the distribution and inventory of all materials required for each activity.

In addition, the CJC Naturalist/Bus Chaperone’s for Baltimore City will be required to ride one of the buses departing at 7:00 a.m. from Baltimore City that transport the CJC Corps Members to their assigned park location and ride back on the bus to their designated bus pick-up location at the end of each day, arriving at 3:00 p.m.

The CJC Naturalist/Bus Chaperon’s for Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary will be required to ride a bus departing from Upper Marlboro, Maryland or Lanham, Maryland at 7:30 a.m. to Merkle and ride back on the bus to their designated bus pick-up location at the end of each day, arriving at 3:30 p.m.

The candidate must maintain a professional relationship with CJC Corps Members, maintaining all CJC rules and regulations while on the bus.

The CJC Naturalist/Bus Chaperone shall provide direction and guidance to CJC Corps Members, ensure they utilize strategies provided in training to maintain a safe and educational work environment for youth, including but not limited to the following:

● Proper professional work ethic and behavior
● Assist with regular crew-based Corps Member training and instructional presentations in critical areas related to safety and professional job performance including the following:

    * First-Aid and workplace safety 
    * Environmental issues and conservation 
    * Community relations 
    * Work ethic 
    * Communications 
    * Site-specific work project, goals and activities


Education: High School diploma or equivalent.

Experience: None.


Education or experience in the field of park operations, recreation, education, business, administration, forestry, social sciences, or a natural resources related field 

Previous work experience with at-risk youth


Possession of current certification in CPR for adult/child and First-Aid is required.


Applicants must complete approximately 6 hours of mandatory online training by Friday, June 12, 2020. 

Applicants must attend a mandatory training the week of Monday, June 29, 2020 to Friday, July 3, 2020 to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (additional hours may be required, and training dates are subject to change).

Applicants must have a background investigation completed.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment, and report all experience and education related to this position. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered; please include it on your application, if applicable. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the 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 temporary/contractual employee who works an average of at least 12 hours per week. 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.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Kyle Thompson at 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.