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NATURAL RESOURCES BIOLOGIST IV

Recruitment #21-001001-0001

Introduction

This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Resource Assessment Service. 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

17

LOCATION OF POSITION

Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

POSITION DUTIES

The main purpose of this position is to analyze, publish and manage the data from DNR’s Chesapeake Bay tidal water quality monitoring programs which are required to address Chesapeake Bay Program water quality criteria and habitat assessments. This position will participate in the graphical analysis and subsequent publication of data and results of the State’s shallow water, remote sensing, long-term water and habitat quality and living resources environmental monitoring programs to the DNR (www.eyesonthebay.net) and Chesapeake Bay Program web sites. Work will involve creating products for managers to assess the effectiveness of nutrient and sediment management strategies to reduce pollution entering Maryland’s tidal tributaries. This position will aid in the Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and metadata programs of the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program. The position will also act as a liaison between division scientists/statisticians and TEA database management personnel to assess and provide the most accurate and timely data for assessment purposes.

o Assist with management of the State’s Chesapeake Bay Shallow Water Monitoring Program by working with the monitoring partners including the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, the University of Maryland, Virginia DEQ, MDE and other local agencies and universities.
o Serve as chief metadata coordinator for tidal water quality data, as well a data quality assurance and control officer.
o Evaluate and implement database systems, data analyses, reporting and/or monitoring technologies.
o Perform website (www.eyesonthebay.net) programming and regular updates to provide current water quality data and information.
o Establish and maintain various water quality data in a database management system.
o Perform graphical, statistical, and/or GIS/spatial analyses of the State’s tidal water quality monitoring programs for inclusion in written and internet reports, as well as presentations. Provide written content and oral presentations of results as needed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: Five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management.

Notes: 

1. Candidates may substitute additional professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience.

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

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience in an area of environmental/biological/physical science or resource management

• Experience or ability and desire to learn technical skills that are used in TEA, such as: geographic information systems (GIS), computer/database/web programming (Cold Fusion, Javascript, SQL, web services, Visual Basic, Access, SQL Server, etc.), and/or SAS/R statistical software

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may 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

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified.

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.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

Your application is part of the examination process. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. The rating will be based on the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is important you provide all the experience and education related to this position completely and accurately.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application is 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 Crystal Wilson at crystal.wilson1@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.