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Recruitment #21-003121-0008




Piney Point Aquaculture Center (St. Mary’s County)

Main Purpose of Job

Position conducts all culture and shellfish production activities at the Piney Point Aquaculture Center (PPAC) to support the aquaculture industry and to meet other shellfish management needs for the unit. Position performs all professional aspects of shellfish culture, stocking, sample processing and analysis, data entry, data analysis, report writing and experimental design for the project. These tasks point directly toward objectives one, two and three of the DNR mission; “sustainable population of living resources and aquatic habitat”, “healthy Maryland watershed lands, streams and non-tidal rivers”, and “natural resources stewardship opportunities for Maryland’s urban and rural citizens”.


The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services, Shellfish Division is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist II position. This position functions as an Oyster Production Biologist for the Piney Point Aquaculture Center (St. Mary’s County). Position supports all activities at the facility. Position performs all professional aspects of shellfish culture, stocking, sample processing and analysis, data entry, data analysis, report writing, and experimental design for the project. Position maintains the physical plant resources, and leads seasonal Natural Resources Technicians. Position oversees work crews from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to meet project objectives.


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 from an accredited college or university.

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


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 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.


1 year shellfish aquaculture industry experience preferred. 

1 years’ shellfish hatchery experience preferred.  

1 years’ of experience using heavy equipment preferred.


Current Fish and Boating Services Employees


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.


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 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.

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