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Statewide Recruitment

Recruitment #22-001762-0001




The current opening is at Rocks State Park, 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. in Harford County, but the eligible list created from this recruitment will be used to fill future vacancies throughout the state of Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Park Service is currently accepting applications for Park Services Manager I positions, which serve as the manager of a state park. These positions serve under the managerial supervision of the Eastern, Southern, Central or Western Regional Managers and are responsible for overseeing visitor resources, personnel, equipment and facility management, maintenance and protection of Maryland State Parks.

These positions develop strategies to address issues and opportunities to enhance park programs and operations, maximize revenues, and meet visitor expectations for quality resource-based recreation and interpretive services. These positions are also responsible for ensuring proper allocation and use of Maryland Park Service resources such as personnel, equipment and funding. Duties also include the review, evaluation and support of emergency response capabilities. Develops plans for visitor services, resource protection, and employee safety activities at State Parks to safeguard visitors, personnel and resources. The incumbents will represent the Department of Natural Resources as a liaison with local governments, businesses and community groups. Duties also include enforcement of DNR regulations and policies to ensure public safety, as well as the protection of Maryland’s natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources.


Experience: Eight years of experience supervising personnel engaged in park or forest operations work.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in forestry, forest management, natural resources management, parks and recreation, business management, education, history, social sciences, or a related natural science from an accredited four-year college or university and four years of experience supervising personnel engaged in park or forest operations work for the required experience.

2. Applicants may substitute additional experience in park or forest operations work at the rate of two years for each year of the required supervisory experience for up to two years of the required experience.

3. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in forestry, forestry management, nature resources management, parks and recreation, business administration, education, history, or a related natural resources field may be substituted for six years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in a management and program clerical and assistance classification or management and program clerical and assistance specialty codes in the general, administrative, clerical, and office services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience, five of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.


  • Professional experience in managing park operations and supervising employees in a Maryland State Park
  • Three years of professional field-level experience working in a park setting
  • Experience in budget and personnel management
  • Experience in managing and maintaining park facilities and grounds
  • Experience in managing natural, cultural and historical resources
  • Experience working with community and government agency partners to provide public safety, and resource protection


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.


1.Employees are subject to call-in 24 hours a day. 2.Employees in this classification may be subject to assignment in any county of the State. Upon permanent appointment, the employee may be required to reside in the county or region assigned. 3.Employees in this classification must be trained in First Responder Training or other equivalent first aid training.


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

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Chris Langley 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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