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Recruitment #19-002293-0046


Seasonal Contractual

One vacancy; full-time

Contract Period: February 5, 2020 - December 4, 2020




Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to lead and provide technical support for natural resource survey projects to include logistical and administrative support, data entry and field preparation work for the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR). The position requires a motivated, organized individual who must be able to work independently to collect field data through the monitoring of experimental sites and survey work. This includes collecting basic water quality parameters using handheld multimeter devices, operating of boats and equipment, conducting inventories of fish populations, capturing and measuring fish species of interest, conducting avian monitoring, including nest box fate and call back surveys, and maintenance of bird nesting boxes, maintaining records and data entry, assisting with outreach and communication, maintaining field and laboratory equipment and performing other duties as assigned. 

The natural resources technician will also support field logistics and data collection for the Resiliency through Restoration shoreline monitoring effort. They will assist in managing the equipment and collecting field observations of emergent and/or submerged aquatic vegetation, shoreline and marsh elevation (using survey equipment), sediment characterization and wildlife activity. The technician may also assist in data entry, QA/QC and database management related to this project.  

Employee will receive moderate supervision from a Natural Resources Biologist, Environmental Specialist or other designated administrator. The work may require lifting or carrying heavy objects or equipment weighing over twenty-five pounds. The incumbent will be required to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Some aspects of the work, such as the handling of wildlife and working aboard a boat are considered hazardous. The employee may be required to wear protective clothing and equipment when the need arises.


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: Two 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.   


Experience in wetlands ecology or biology, knowledge of estuarine science and flora and fauna identification and boating experience is preferred.


Persons appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties that 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 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.

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.

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