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Seasonal Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) - Camp Specialist

Eighteen (18) Vacancies

Recruitment #17-002292-0023


Seasonal Contractual

Eighteen (18) Vacancies - Full-Time

Contract period: June 2017 - August 2017





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 Specialist mentors 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.

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 as 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.
  • 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       


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following.  Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualification(s).

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

Previous work experience with at-risk youth is preferred.


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


Applicants must have a valid Driver’s License, be 21 years of age (requirement for driving rental vans used during the program), and a good driving record.


Applicants must attend a mandatory CJC Camp training on Monday, June 12th and Tuesday, June 13th (OVERNIGHT).

Applicants must attend a mandatory training the week of Monday, June 19th to Friday, June 23rd to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (additional hours may be required).


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment, and report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

This recruitment does not require any additional materials to be uploaded. Your qualifications will be assessed based on the information included on your submitted application. You will be required to submit a supplemental questionnaire. Please do not submit unsolicited documentation.


Contractual employees who works 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.


Online application is STRONGLY preferred. If online access is unavailable, you may submit a paper application to:

Department of Natural Resources

Human Resources

580 Taylor Avenue, C-3

Annapolis, MD 21401

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. The Human Resource Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Specific inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Charles 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.