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Restoration Scientist

Recruitment #22-001001-0002


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake, and Coastal  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.




580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake, and Coastal Service, is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist IV. The incumbent is responsible for the organizing, collecting, analyzing, compiling and interpreting technical data for research, stewardship and monitoring activities of natural resource and watershed restoration projects related to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This position also requires the planning, coordination, and execution of natural resource projects with a focus on the restoration and enhancement of streams, wetlands, forests, and shorelines. The incumbent will understand and use various statistical modeling techniques, including R and GIS, for long-term, multi-objective ecosystem or watershed analysis; planning, management, and monitoring of restoration projects; and for natural resource policy. The Biologist organizes and assists the monitoring efforts and collection of data for multiple projects throughout the Chesapeake and Coastal Service Unit. The selected candidate will also direct, assign tasks, train, lead, and evaluate the work of several interns, technicians, biologists, and volunteers regarding fieldwork, data management, and other duties as needed. The incumbent prepares, develops and translates data driven scientific outreach products to end users in partnership with other DNR staff to ensure that data, research and science is informing habitat restoration and management decisions in Maryland.


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


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental 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 and five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience. 

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 experience for up to two years 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.


Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or other environmental related field.

Knowledge of research methods and data collection techniques in ecological sampling of stream, wetland, forest, or shoreline ecosystems including water quality collection, vegetation assessments, physical habitat assessments, and/or geomorphology assessments.

Experience in developing research protocols, and reviewing, interpreting, and evaluating data from surveys and research activities. Knowledge of experimental design and statistical analysis of ecological datasets.

Knowledge of habitat conservation, restoration and/or watershed best management practices, such as stream restoration, stormwater management, wetland restoration, living shorelines and projects related to climate resiliency outcomes.


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.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



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. 

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. 

Individuals 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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