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Seasonal Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC)

Camp Specialist - 12 positions available

Recruitment #19-002292-0098


Seasonal Contractual

12 vacancies; full-time

Contract Period: May 27, 2020 - August 18, 2020



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 Camp Specialists for each CJC Camp location. You must indicate on the Supplemental Questionnaire the specific location(s) of interest for this recruitment.

The CJC Camp Specialist is responsible for ensuring the regular, reliable and professional implementation of a three-day/two-night camping component for CJC Corps Members while ensuring the training and safety of crews. The Camp Specialists mentor members by seizing opportunities to enhance teamwork and outdoor ethics. The Camp Specialist will be residing in tents (overnight) at their assigned camp location Monday - Friday during the five-week program. Meals must be prepared while at camp.

The CJC Camp Specialist shall develop skills of Corps Members by seeing that all Corps Members learn safe and professional work practices, including but not limited to the following:

● Proper professional work ethic and behavior.
● Professional courtesy to community members, park staff and others they come in contact within the field;
● Ensure that projects are properly, professionally and completely executed to the satisfaction of site managers.
● Adherence to DNR and CJC policies, rules and regulations; and
● Proper set-up of a tent and use of camping equipment;
● Conduct 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, emphasis on camping and outdoor recreation 
        * Community relations 
        * Work ethic 
        * Communications 
        * Clear articulation of site-specific work project, goals and activities


Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Prior work experience with CJC and experience with youth.


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


Applicants must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Maryland, a good driving record, and must be 21 years of age (requirement for driving rental vans used during the program).

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 CJC Camp training on Monday, June 22, 2020 to Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (OVERNIGHT).

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).

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.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.