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Natural Resources Technician I

4 Vacancies

Recruitment #21-002293-0030


Natural Resources Technician I, Seasonal Contractual
Four vacancies




Three positions at Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery in Brandywine, MD (Prince George's County)
One position at Piney Point Aquaculture Center (St. Mary’s County) 

Please select which counties you are willing to work in on your application.

Main Purpose of Job

1. One position  (6 month contract) Joseph Manning Hatchery
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service is accepting applications for a seasonal/contractual Natural Resources Technician I position. This position will support the Fish Hatcheries program. The assigned work location for this position will be the Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery in Brandywine, MD. Occasional overtime and weekend work may be required. The 6-month position will participate in restoration efforts conducted by DNR’s Inland Fisheries Program. Primary duties will be to support all aspects of hatchery operations which are listed below but not limited to the following: Job responsibilities include: • Pond water quality monitoring, Juvenile fish recruitment/inventory/stocking, Pond, building, equipment and vehicle maintenance, Grass cutting, weed eating, general grounds maintenance and trash removal, Providing hatchery personnel with assistance and other duties as assigned 

2. Two Positions (2 month contracts) Joseph Manning Hatchery
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Service requests applications for two seasonal/contractual positions. The two positions will assist in the Maryland DNR’s Fish Health & Hatcheries Anadromous Restoration project conducting American shad strip spawning on the Potomac River. The assigned work location for the American shad strip spawn positions are Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery in Brandywine, Maryland. Joseph Manning Hatchery is located in Cedarville State Forest which is south of Washington DC, near Waldorf, Maryland. Work hours are dependent on tide; an eight-hour day is worked between 2:00pm and 11:00pm. Work will take place Sunday through Friday. Applicants will be expected to work under harsh physical and weather conditions, frequently into the night on the water. This position is a great way to gain fisheries fieldwork experience. Job responsibilities will include: Maintenance and the deployment of gill nets from a boat, Removing American shad and other fish species from gill nets, Aid in the strip spawning of American shad, Assisting in data collection, Data entry, Sample preparation 

3. One position (6 month contract) Piney Point Aquaculture Center
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Service Unit, is currently accepting applications for one seasonal contractual Natural Resource Technician I at the Piney Point Aquaculture Center (St. Mary’s County). The position will assist with oyster shellfish cultivation and restoration. Applicants must have a working knowledge of shellfish biology and culture and water quality analysis. Shellfish hatchery and laboratory experience are preferred. Applicants must be able to work a varied schedule of early morning days, weekend rotation, & holidays to assist loading oyster seed planting boats, in varied weather conditions, and lift up to 35 pounds consistently. Preference will be given to candidates having operating knowledge of heavy-duty equipment and practical mechanical skills. Applicant must have the ability to maintain good daily records, computer knowledge, and work under supervision storing and entering daily production information. 


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

Experience: None

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. 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 education.


Preference will be given to applicants with prior fisheries experience, using sampling equipment (trawl, seines, etc), and laboratory experience with microscopes.


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 operators license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Relevant college courses should be listed on the application. 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, 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.


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 

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Christopher Langley at

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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