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NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNER III

Recruitment #22-002309-0008

Introduction

This is a contractual, position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed. This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies for the position and may be used to fill future vacancies in the same classification/function. Future vacancies may also be filled via other recruitments. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.

GRADE

16

LOCATION OF POSITION

580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD  21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Planner III supports the implementation and management of watershed restoration projects supported by the Chesapeake and Coastal Service.  This position acts as the Watershed Restoration field coordinator for the installation, planting, adaptive management and monitoring of targeted watershed and habitat projects. The NRPIII is responsible for scheduling project work dates, coordinating supplies, and maintaining equipment inventory. They will track program objectives and accomplishments and create reports as necessary. The NRPIII also coordinates with project partners including state and local government agencies, non-profits, contractors and field technicians.  This position monitors, verifies, and reports on project status and completes functional assessments. They will review and interpret data involving ecology, hydrology, forestry, physical and chemical processes to improve land management and project maintenance. The NRP III creates reports, and guidance documents for the ongoing maintenance and management needs for projects and assists in decisions on appropriate management actions.   This position also assists with technical assistance, outreach and education on certain watershed & restoration themes and leads volunteers in plantings, invasive species management, and clean up activities. The main objective of CCS restoration projects are to increase the implementation of ecological restoration in Maryland through the construction of projects that reduce nutrient pollution to the Bay and enhance, create and/or restore terrestrial or aquatic habitats that are resilient to climate change.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Three years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological sciences and one year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, biological, chemical or environmental sciences for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the general natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or general natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the general natural resources management and biological sciences field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.  

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

● Knowledge and background of coastal habitats and ecology
● Knowledge of habitat conservation, restoration and/or watershed best management practices, such as stream restoration, stormwater management, wetland restoration, living shorelines and projects related to climate resiliency outcomes
● Proficient with Microsoft Office suite
● Experience with mapping tools or software
● Plant identification - familiar with common native and invasive plants of the mid-Atlantic Region
● Proven ability to successfully lead a team

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification will 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.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits 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. Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Emilee Knott at Emilee.Knott@maryland.gov

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.



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