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Recruitment #13-002622-003


This is a position specific recruitment for the Department of Juvenile Services.  The resulting eligible list will be used to fill this position or function only.   Persons interested in future vacancies in the DJS Youth Recreation Specialist I classification must reapply at that time.




Rockville, MD

Cheltenham, MD

Main Purpose of Job

A DJS Youth Recreation Specialist I is the intermediate level of work supervising recreational programs for youth that have been detained or placed in a facility operated by the Department of Juvenile Services


The Department of Juvenile Services is accepting applications to fill vacant DJS Youth Recreation Specialist I positions at the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Cheltenham, MD (PG County) and a vacant position at the Noyes Children’s Center in Rockville, MD (Montgomery County).    The DJS Youth Recreation Specialist I position  is responsible for the order, care and safety of youth.  The DJS Youth Recreation Specialist I position is responsible for developing and implementing a variety of recreational experiences designed to help participants develop a better awareness of personal care, health, fitness and general self-esteem.


Education: High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate acceptable to the Maryland State Board of Education as described in the Correctional Training Commission regulation.

 Experience: One year of experience supervising the recreational activities of children or youth in a recreation center, fitness center or school setting.

Notes: 1. The above educational requirement is set by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission in accordance with the Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209.

 2. Candidates may substitute an Associates of Arts degree from an accredited college or university in a recreational program such as Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies; Sports and Fitness Administration or Health and Physical Education or 60 credit hours with 30 credits in the required areas for the required experience.


1. Employees in this classification must complete and successfully pass the Entrance Level Correctional Training Course for DJS support staff required for the Maryland Correctional Training Commission certificate during the probationary period.

2. 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. In accordance with the Correctional Services Article of the Maryland Annotated Code, Section 8-209, the Maryland Correctional Training Commission shall establish the minimum qualifications for probationary or permanent appointment of a Department of Juvenile Services employee. These requirements are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations, general regulations of the Maryland Correctional Training Commission, and include: U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status; must be at least 21 years of age; a thorough background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing; an oral interview; and physical and psychological examinations.

2. Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where the employee can be reached.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09 – Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on the eligible list categorized as QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED OR BEST QUALIFIED. Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for a period of one year.   This list will be used by the DJS hiring agency to select employees.


The assessment will be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position.  Therefore it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related experience and education.  Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.  This list will be used by the DJS hiring agency to select employees.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.




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


Online application process is strongly urged. However if you are unable to apply on line you may submit a paper application to the address below or fax a paper application to the fax number below. The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for this recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:


Department of Juvenile Services

Recruitment & Examination Unit
One Center Plaza
120 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
Fax #:      410/333-4188


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