(PIKESVILLE, MD) — The Maryland State Police is expanding career opportunities for young people interested in emergency medicine who are up to the challenge of helping to save lives in the air.

The Maryland State Police is now hiring for the position of “aviation cadet.” This position serves as a second medical care provider onboard a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter. Applicants for the position must be between the ages of 17-19 and must be certified as an emergency medical technician at either the basic, intermediate, or paramedic levels.

The position of aviation cadet provides young men and women 18-20 years old the opportunity to experience many of the duties and responsibilities performed by sworn personnel of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command while preparing for entry into the State Police Academy. Cadets will immediately begin working toward their state service retirement. More importantly, they will be part of a world-renowned team of dedicated trooper flight paramedics, aviation technicians, and pilots, who make up the Maryland State Police Aviation Command and are an important partner in Maryland’s integrated emergency medical services system.

The first step for interested candidates is the applicant orientation conducted by members of the State Police Recruitment Unit and Aviation Command. During the orientation, applicants will learn much more about the Maryland State Police through discussions and video presentations. Orientations specific to the aviation cadet position will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack, 7053 Ocean Gateway, Easton, or Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Maryland State Police Headquarters, 1201 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Trooper and cadet applicants not meeting the requirements for aviation command are welcome to attend the orientation at Easton Barrack. Pre-registration is required on the Maryland State Police webpage www.mdsp.org, or by contacting TFC Travis Nelson of the Recruitment Unit at: travis.nelson@maryland.gov, or 410-653-4430.