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Service Aide – Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program

$9.15 – $11.00 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 02/27/17

CLOSING DATE: 03/24/17



Salary: 15-17 age group – $9.15/hr.
Salary: 18-19 age group – $11.00/hr.
The Prince George’s County Government in collaboration with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), The Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, Prince George’s County Public Schools, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a host of non-profits, faith-based organizations and the business partners are currently seeking enthusiastic and dedicated students to participate in the County’s 2017 Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (Youth@Work/SYEP).
Prince George’s County Government offers a six-week, entry-level experience providing an opportunity for young people across the County to participate in career development, life-skills training and summer employment opportunities.



Work will vary depending upon the organization’s goals and objectives. Occupational fields may include: Accounting/Budget Aide, Clerical Aide, Animal Services Aide, Custodial Assistant, Engineering Aide, Government/Political Aide, Healthcare Aide, Hospitality, Human Resources Aide, Information Technology Assistant, Laborer, Summer Camp Aide, Warehouse Worker, etc.


Youth must be a resident of Prince George’s County and between the ages of fifteen through nineteen (15-19) by July 1, 2017.



All notifications regarding employment status will be sent to applicants electronically via the email account on file. Therefore, it is important that applicants have an active email address on file, and that applicants check their email account regularly. Candidates who are offered employment, will receive an email notification of your selection.

Applicants that are hired, who are between the ages of fifteen through seventeen (15-17), MUST present an official MINOR WORK PERMIT at REGISTRATION.  Additional instructions will be outlined in the offer letter, if selected for a position.
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an employer is required to hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Applicants who are selected for employment will be required to show and verify authorization to work in the United States.

CLOSING DATE: Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on March 24, 2017.

Prince George’s County Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

Office of Human Resources Management
1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 159
Largo, MD 20774
(301) 883-6330


Service Aide – Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (Youth@Work/SYEP) 17-026-MULTI-NM

Maryland Bill Seeks to Oppose Restrictions on Backyard Gardening

Backyard garden

The Maryland legislature is considering a bill (SB 62) to help prevent local jurisdictions from prohibiting or limiting the installation or cultivation of backyard gardens on single-family property.

The bill also prohibits property instruments, including contracts, deeds, or covenants, from prohibiting a homeowner or tenant from installing or cultivating a backyard garden on single-family property, and it specifies that the installation or use of a backyard garden is not prohibited by existing laws or property instruments.

Currently, State law does not limit the authority of local jurisdictions to prohibit the installation or cultivation of backyard gardens. Property instruments, such as contracts, deeds, and covenants, are generally permitted to limit the right of a homeowner or a tenant to engage in certain activity on the subject property, including the ability to install or cultivate a backyard garden, so if you want to create a garden you should spray to get rid of ants first, so they don’t eat your crops.

When a person purchases a single-family home, a condominium, or an interest in a cooperative housing corporation, he or she may also be required to join an association of owners, which is intended to act in the common interests of all the homeowners, condominium unit owners, or cooperative owners in the community. Collectively, these associations are often referred to as common ownership communities (COCs).

Bill was heard on January 24, 2017, in the Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee. This bill would not have a direct, material impact on local government finances or operations.

Whether the bill passes or not, gardens will be allowed in College Park.

The Maryland Municipal League (MML) is opposing the bill, thus reducing the chance of its passing. The reason the MML is opposing the bill is not because they want the garden restrictions, but they don’t want the State telling the members cities and towns how those cities should manage those regulations.

Council to Raise City Employees Salary

At next week’s Council meeting, the Council will consider approving a Unified pay Plan for City Employees, provide a 2% across the board increase and continue step and merit increases as proposed in the new pay plan.

In FY17 the City Council approved a Compensation and Classification Study to determine if the salaries paid to City employees are competitive. The study recommends a new pay plan which cost approximately $100,000 in FY2017.

Additionally, all employees will receive a 2% increase effective July 1, 2017, as a result of the collective bargaining agreement. Employees will also receive merit increases on their anniversary dates; these are expected to average 2.2%.

North College Park Crime Map: February 18 – 24, 2017

9200 Blk 51ST AVETheft from auto
10200 BLK Baltimore AveStolen Vehicle
4700 Blk Caddo  STTheft from auto
9700 Blk Narragansett  PKYTheft
5301 Edgewood RDTheft
9300 Blk Cherry Hill RDBreaking & Entering

City May Support MD Bill to Prevent Intersection Blocking

College Park City Council will consider approving a resolution supporting this bill (HB 237) at next week’s Council meeting. If passed, the new law will help prevent blocking busy intersections on our streets. One place we can potentially use the law is at the Rt 1 and Edgewood Rd intersection. We have many complaints from residents about vehicles blocking this intersection. Drivers often wait for multiple cycles to cross the intersection.

You can read more about the bill here on the WTOP.

City Adopts Resolution Supporting Maryland ‘Trust Act’

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council adopted a resolution supporting SB835, Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act. The vote was unanimous.

The bill seeks clarification of local participation in federal immigration efforts. If passed it will prohibit:
1) law enforcement personnel from stopping, arresting or searching an individual to inquire about immigration status or citizenship status.
2) use of governmental funds, facilities, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, enforce or assist in investigation of an federal program requiring the registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national or ethnic origin.
3) use of any governmental database for the purpose of immigration enforcement or investigation
4) transferring an individual to federal immigration authorities for the purpose of immigration enforcement without a judicial warrant.

College Park’s letter to the MD Senate says: “”It is important for our residents to access schools, hospitals, the courts, and other services with full confidence that local officials will not act on behalf of federal immigration authorities.”

Council to Adopt Ordinance Regulating Communications Infrastructure in City’s Rights-of-Way

Next week, the City Council will consider a resolution about “Wireless Facilities And Support Structures” and “Fees and Penalties” to regulate deployment and installation of wireless facilities and support structures in the city rights-of-way and to require a permit and set a fee.

The cities of Bowie, Gaithersburg and Baltimore have adopted ordinances, some zoning related and some regulating right-of-way location, after receiving assistance from cable counsel. Beginning in, 2016, the City began receiving “applications” from Mobilitie (or companies related to it) to install small cells and distributed antenna systems (“DAS”) in City rights-of-ways.

A DAS system involves placing an antenna on an existing pole or on a pole to be installed. A number of applications have been received to date, along with plans for installation of poles up to 75 feet in height.

The following City locations, all in residential areas, have been identified: (a) On 48th Ave in front of Parkside Condominiums in Lakeland (b) On Navahoe Street Across from Spellman House in Lakeland (c) Intersection Paducah Road and Palco Place in Sunnyside.

City to Revisit Fence Ordinance

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will revisit the City’s fence ordinance.

As you may recall, there was a listening session on the fence ordinance in December 2015 and the Advisory Planning Commission made recommendations for changes to the ordinance earlier this year. Council discussed changes in October 2016, however we put off making a decision on whether to make any changes.

The proposed changes attempt to bring clarity by adding/modifying definitions, adding the ability to have a garden fence without obtaining a permit and clarifying that any hedge or natural growth creating a barrier to lot access is considered a fence.

The proposed changes would prohibit using chain link to replace front yard fences, even if there is currently chain link in place.

Additionally, there has been discussion of offering financial incentives to residents who replace chain link fence with wrought iron, split rail, or picket.

Last October we had some lively and informative online discussion about benefits and pitfalls of the ordinance and also some history of how the ordinance was first passed. It would be beneficial at this point to hear comments on whether residents favor adoption of the proposed changes, keeping the ordinance as is or doing away with the City’s fence ordinance and relying only on the County’s fence ordinance.

The County though its update of the zoning code for the County has made changes to the County fence ordinance. We will ask staff to go over the changes to the County’s fence ordinance and describe any impacts on the City ‘s fence ordinance.

It would be beneficial at this point to hear comments on whether residents favor adoption of the proposed changes, keeping the ordinance as is or doing away with the City’s fence ordinance and relying only on the County’s fence ordinance. The proposed changes can be found at page 35,

Your Community Needs You – Consider Volunteering with Fire Departments

This website ( and video are online now for anyone interested in volunteering with any of the volunteer Fire/EMS departments in the County. The video includes interviews with volunteers from Branchville, College Park, and Berwyn Heights stations. There is a click on feature to get contact information from your station of interest. Please consider volunteering and spread the word.

North College Park Crime Map: February 13-17, 2017

4700 Blk Caddo STTheft from auto
5300 Blk Edgewood RDTheft
9700 Blk Narragansett PKYTheft
4700 Blk Caddo  STTheft from auto
9600 Blk Milestone WayStolen Vehicle

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