Dorchester County, in the central Chesapeake Bay region, is the “Heart of the Chesapeake.” For more information about Dorchester, visit our county’s tourism website.
The Dorchester County Health Department is located in Cambridge, the county seat. We are about 1.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and less than three hours from Philadelphia.
We employ a wide range of talent across many programs, including nursing, family planning, administration, substance use prevention, outpatient treatment, wells and septic systems, food protection, and health education.
We understand the importance of family and children. Our family-friendly policies offer the support and flexibility you need at work and at home.
Among the many benefits of working for us, we offer health coverage, leave benefits, and life insurance plans at low group rates for all eligible employees, as well as retirement benefits for permanent state employees.
As a permanent state employee, you and your family may benefit from our medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage. Contractual employees (who work at least 30 hours per week or an average of 130 hours a month for a period greater than 90 consecutive days) are eligible for medical and prescription coverage for the employee and dependents with the state subsidizing 75% of the cost.
Our generous leave package for permanent state employees includes 10 to 25 days of annual (vacation) leave depending on years of service, six personal days, and 15 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the state offers 11 paid holidays per year.
We also offer paid parental leave to eligible permanent state employees to care for and nurture children within 6 months of birth or within 6 months of an adoption of a child under 6 years of age.
Although more limited, the state offers other forms of paid time off to a majority of our contractual staff. A contractual employee who works 120 days in a 12-month period accrues leave at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per calendar year.
Our leave policies also adhere to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993.
For more information on state benefits, go to Benefits of State Employment.
All Dorchester County Health Department jobs are posted to the Maryland State Government jobs portal for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Complete application instructions are in the job announcements.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
Appropriate accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request by calling Human Resources at 410-228-3223.
To see all the current job openings with the State of Maryland, go to State of Maryland Jobs.
Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corp is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure and response capabilities of Maryland communities.
The Maryland Responds program allows medical and public health professionals and non-medical community members to volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and to assist during emergencies.
Register at the Maryland Responds website.
We love being a part of people’s education journey or path to professional growth! The Dorchester County Health Department welcomes the opportunity to host internships for students pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees, as well as those seeking a professional certification in a clinical field. Each internship can be individually tailored to meet the student’s needs and provide a meaningful opportunity to learn.
Interested in an internship with us? Please email or call 410-228-3223 and ask for human resources (HR). Be sure to include the following information in your initial email:
• Degree or certification being pursued
• Areas of specialization or interest
• Number of hours a week available
• If you have transportation to the health department
• If you are only interested in a remote-work internship
• If you are interested in an internship regardless of pay or are only seeking paid internships
• Include your resume and any relevant information from your school regarding the internship process for hosts
Some internship opportunities may be listed at the State of Maryland Job Openings webpage.
Call the health department at 410-228-3223 and ask to speak with our office of human resources.