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Recruitment #21-002501-0005


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.




Forest Service Project Office, Washington County


The Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service/Western Region, is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Planner II position located in Washington and Frederick Counties, Maryland. The technician will be stationed in the Washington-Frederick Project field office in Clear Spring, MD. This position serves the watershed forestry program in the Washington-Frederick Forestry Project, offering technical support and outreach to increase the rate of riparian forest buffer planting, especially through the use of USDA programs. Tasks include outreach to landowners and organizations for potential buffer plantings, coordination with other agency staff implementing programs, checking tree survival, assisting with program reenrollment, developing riparian buffer planting plans and other forest management plans, and verifying survival of plantings and practices.

Other tasks can relate to wildlife management, forest protection, other tree planting, and landscape-scale planning and targeting. Duties also include the installation of riparian forest buffers within agricultural areas to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding watersheds, and forest data collection and analysis necessary for forest stewardship planning and implementation. Other duties which are critical to fulfilling the mission and goals of the Forest Service, meeting Maryland's Tree Planting Initiatives, and enforcing mandated State laws and regulations are included. Some of these duties include implementing the Forest Stewardship Program, Urban and Community Forestry Program, Wildland Fire Program, Streamside Restoration Challenge, Marylanders Plant Trees Program, and the "no net loss of forests" legislation.

Other services required will be performed on private lands or lands owned by the State and local governments in the areas of forest management, forest data collection, tree planting, wildlife management, forest protection, wildland fire suppression, prescribed fire, and urban and community forestry. Applicants must be willing and available to work evenings and/or weekends for wildland fire suppression response and tree planting coordination. The position is full-time, 40 hours/week. Applicants must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


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: One year 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.  


Bachelor of Science in Forestry from a school of forestry accredited by the Society of American Foresters

Licensed Forester

Experience in outreach and communications related to the field of forestry and natural resources

Training and or experience in financial cost-share and incentives for buffers and tree planting, specifically for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Experience in tree planting and maintenance, both seeding and larger planting stock types

Experience managing forest health issues, specifically for tree species native to the Eastern U.S.


This recruitment is limited to current employees of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service.


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 will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) 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 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 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.