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Long Term Contractual Park Technician I

John S. Ayton Tree Nursery

Recruitment #17-003103-0003


Long Term Contractual

One (1) vacancy; full-time

Contract period: One (1) year contract with the possibility of renewal




John S. Ayton Tree Nursery, Preston Maryland (Caroline County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service - John S. Ayton Tree Nursery located in Preston, Maryland is currently accepting applications for a long-term contractual Park Technician I.

The selected candidate will perform the following duties:

  • Operate seeders, fertilizer spreaders, to plant seed, fertilize seedlings and cover crops
  • Operate specialized equipment to extract, clean and improve the quality of collected seed  
  • Operate farm tractors and Fobro plant lifters and combine to remove seedlings from the soil for transport to cold storage
  • Cut grass and maintain landscaping
  • Perform janitorial duties


Education: Possession of a high school diploma or high school equivalence certificate.

Experience: One year of experience in the skilled maintenance or construction trades, e.g. electrician, plumber or experience in the maintenance of a park, forest or wildlife facility.


1. Applicants may substitute education in the field of forestry, wildlife biology or park management at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester credit hours for each year of the required experience for up to two years.

2. Applicants may substitute experience for the required High School education at the rate of one year experience for one year of education up to a maximum of four years.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in equipment, facilities, and services classification or equipment, facilities, and services specialty codes in the equipment, facilities, and services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


• Experience in the maintenance of a park, forest or wildlife facility

• Experience in harvesting and/or planting agricultural or other agronomic crops

• License(s) or certification(s) for pesticide application, nutrient management, tree care, welding, plumbing or electrical work

• Experience in the skilled maintenance trades (carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, ect.)

• Experience installing, repairing or operating irrigation systems

• Experience operating and maintaining power tools and heavy equipment


Employees appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the individual 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.

2. Upon permanent appointment the employee may be required to reside in the county, region, or park to which they are assigned.

3. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require a valid operator license for heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, back-hoes, payloaders or tractors.

4. Persons appointed to these positions may be required to have their current private residence telephone number listed in the agency’s telephone directory or on file with Forest, Park and Wildlife Communications Center in case of emergencies.

5. The employee may be required to attend training and be certified as a water plant operator.

6. Employees in this classification may be required to lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds or more.


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. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.

This recruitment does not require any additional materials to be uploaded. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. Please do not submit unsolicited documentation (resumes, transcripts, cover letters, etc.).

Please complete the attached supplemental questionnaire.


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 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.


Online application is STRONGLY preferred. If online access is unavailable, 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 Resource Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Specific inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Chuck Hecker at

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.  

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.