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Trails Technician

Recruitment #24-003102-0001


This is a contractual, position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Forest Service. This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies for the position and may be used to fill future vacancies in the same classification/function. Future vacancies may also be filled via other recruitments. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.

Two (2) Vacancies; Full-time; 12 Month Contract with the possibility of renewal




Elk Neck State Forest (Cecil County)
130 McKinneytown Road, North East, MD 21901

Main Purpose of Job

A full-time intermediate-level maintenance position, responsible for overseeing and performing routine grounds, facilities and equipment maintenance in a Natural Resources Management Area providing a clean, well-maintained, safe environment, while enhancing visitor services and protecting the natural environment.


The Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Forest Service, is currently accepting applications for two Park Technician Trainees. These employees will implement the Elk Neck State Forest and Stoney Demonstration Forest Recreation Trails Program and will serve as a Trails Technician on nearly 42 miles of hiking and improved trails located at Elk Neck State and Stoney Demonstration Forests. The positions support the creation and forestry tasks for the Forests, including trail assessment, maintaining boundary lines, controlling invasive species, coordinating with recreational users and trail groups, collecting data, planting trees, boundary line recovery and other duties as assigned. Maintenance of equipment, as needed, and operation of the following equipment used in the above duties may apply: chainsaw, brush saws, leaf blowers, tractors, ATVs/UTVs, and other heavy equipment.

Applicants must be willing and available to work evenings, holidays and/or weekends. Applicants must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.            

Experience: None.

Note: Candidates may substitute experience in the skilled maintenance or construction trades, e.g. Electrician, Plumber or experience in the maintenance of a park, forest or wildlife facility at the rate of one year experience for one year of education up to a maximum of four years of the required education.


  • Experience multi-tasking and working independently.
  • Experience in small equipment repair and basic vehicle maintenance.
  • Experience leading working crews or volunteer groups through project completion.
  • Operational experience in parks in the event of emergency or facility breakdown.


Employees 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 may require the candidates to be examined by a Physician. After an offer of employment, candidates for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the        ability to perform the essential job functions.

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

3. Employees 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. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in on a 24-hour a day basis and will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number listed in the agency’s telephone directory or on file with Forest, Park and Wildlife Communication Centers in case of emergencies.

5. Employees in this classification 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 or more pounds.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not accept information submitted after this date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions and qualifications of this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


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.

*Should benefits be available, this information will be discussed at the time of hire.


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.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division. Please note, standard business hours for the help desk are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Inquiries made after hours will be reviewed the following business day. 

If you need to make adjustments to a submitted application or if you have general inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Adriana Parravano at

Please provide ample time to complete the application template. If you are having technical difficulties submitting an application on the day of the deadline, it is strongly advised that you complete the JobAps physical application template and hand deliver to DNR - HRS at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 before 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources cannot guarantee that late submissions, as a result of technical difficulties, will be accepted.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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