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Director, Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship

Recruitment #21-005478-0015


This is a Management Service position that serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority. This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Chesapeake and Coastal Service.




Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, is seeking a Director of the Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship to lead the Department’s environmental education initiatives which involves managing the staff, programs and budget administration of the Conservation Education Program, USFWS Aquatic Resources Education Program, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) System’s Education Program.

The core duties carried out by this position include the following:

1. Serves as the primary point of contact for DNR education programs and, specifically as a link between DNR and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
2. Collaborates directly with MSDE to ensure that DNR programs targeted at schools meet student and teacher needs; as well as working with DNR staff, managers and leadership to assure that programs meet Departments and the Governor’s objectives.
3. Advises and guides state, regional and national policy as it relates to environmental education. Serves on state, regional, and national committees that set policies and recommendations with diverse stakeholders.
4. Leads and manages the Center staff to cultivate a strong collaborative culture that clearly outlines the values, priorities and practices to guide the way for the Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship.
5. Assesses the center, division and the department direction within state and regional environmental literacy efforts.
6. Creates and articulates a solid strategic vision for how the Center and its programs contributes to, influences or adds strategic value to State and Regional environmental literacy efforts.

Please note, the incumbent will be expected to telework from home with minimal use of DNR office facilities for the foreseeable future.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in education, environmental education, environmental science, environmental studies/policy, ecology, coastal/marine ecology, sustainability, biology, public land management, outdoor recreation or other natural resources or related field of study.   

Experience: Five years of professional experience managing projects and/or supervising staff who are administering programs which address natural resource conservation, restoration or management.       

Note: Candidates may substitute graduate education for the required general experience at the rate of one year of education to one year of experience, for up to two years of the required general experience. 


The preferred candidate will have knowledge and experience with:
● Managing and/or coordinating environmental education programs, initiatives, workgroups and other collaborative efforts. Examples include Project Green Classrooms, Chesapeake Bay Program Environmental Literacy Goal and Education Workgroup, and other local, regional and national environmental education initiatives.
● Grant and/or budget management.
● Creating and articulating a solid strategic vision to lead a team of staff to a culture of collaboration and state-level leadership around environmental literacy.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position.

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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