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Black Rail Survey Field Technician

Recruitment #19-002293-0026


Seasonal Contractual

One vacancy; full-time

Contract Period: May 29 - October 1, 2019


Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service is currently accepting applications for one Seasonal Contractual position (Natural Resources Technician IV). The Department seeks a highly motivated individual to assist with the planning, implementation, data analysis and report writing for a project involving Black Rail throughout the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay (Eastern and Western Shore) and Coastal Bays region, as well as analysis and final report writing for colonial waterbird nesting data. Job duties will include the following: (1) assistance with planning, scheduling and conducting Black Rail surveys, primarily via placement and collection of Automated Recording Units; (2) oversight and assistance with data entry, private landowner contacts, and equipment maintenance; (3) coordination of Black Rail surveys, as needed, with other state and federal agencies; and (4) assistance with data analysis and report writing for both Black Rail and colonial waterbird data, including interpretation of recorded bird songs.

Candidates must have: Prior bird survey experience; good technical writing skills and experience in statistical analysis (e.g., univariate statistics), ArcMap, Microsoft Access and Excel, and the use of GPS units; a strong work ethic, good organizational and leadership skills, and the ability to work well independently in remote areas with minimal supervision.


Education: Completion of sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 of which are in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: Three years of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management.


1. Additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional education beyond sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study can be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of experience.

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


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following skills and experience; please include clear and specific information on your application regarding these qualifications.

1. Excellent bird identification skills and the ability to identify all potentially-occurring marshbird species in Maryland.

2. Experience with R statistical software.

3. Prior experience using Automated Recording Units for bird surveys and software for sound analysis.


Persons appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment, and report all experience and education related to this position. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered; please include it on your application, if applicable. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.


Contractual employees who work 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.

Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who works an average of at least 12 hours per week. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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 Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson at  

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.