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Western Maryland Trails Planner

Recruitment #21-002309-0004


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest 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.




Grantsville, MD (Garrett County)


This position serves on the Forest Resource Planning Program Manager's staff providing oversight, planning, design, critical maintenance and new construction of sustainable natural surface and multi-use trails in the three Western Maryland State Forests (Green Ridge, Savage River, and Potomac-Garrett State Forests). This involves critical maintenance of 160 miles of existing trails on 122,500 acres and administration of the Recreational Trail Grant program encompassing between $100,000-$200,000 in Grant-funded Trail projects in Western Maryland State Forests annually. The position is also responsible for working with the Forest Resource Planning Program Manager and the Western Region State Forest Managers to ensure $400,000 in annual revenue generated from the Off-Road Vehicle Excise Tax fund is appropriately utilized through development, construction, and implementation of new ORV Trail Projects and implementation of ongoing ORV Trail maintenance projects. The position provides training on sustainable trail practices to seasonal trail staff, leads in the design and publication of trail guides, provides trail project input to the Forest Annual Work Plans and Sustainable Forest Management Plans consistent with third-party forest certification standards, maintains trail data using Geographic Information System (GIS) software, maps trail data points using GPS recorders, develops appropriate trail signage and informational materials for visitors, and provides visitor interpretative assistance as needed.

The employee may be required to travel throughout the state and regionally for project and committee work.


Education: Possession of 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.


1. 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 may be substituted for the required education.

2. 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 maybe substituted 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.  


• Experience in planning and construction of trails
• Experience in forest management or natural resources management
• Experience working with Federal, State and local partner agencies
• Basic knowledge of Federal programs including Forest Resource Planning, Forest Inventory & Analysis


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that 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.   


Please make sure 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 and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

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.


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.



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 410-767-4850 or

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson 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.