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Education and Community Stewardship Specialist

Recruitment #22-002247-0163


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

*Individuals bilingual in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply




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

Main Purpose of Job

The overall purpose of this position is to provide educational, and community engagement support to the Conservation Education and Stewardship Division, in the context of developing, managing, and conducting science education and stewardship programs and materials. The incumbent will support the conservation education program and support the development of English and Spanish educational materials and programming. This may include support for aquatic and angler education, climate education and community stewardship programs. The incumbent will also conduct and expand other environmental education programs for the Department that involve working with K-12 schools on indoor and outdoor science investigations and student stewardship activities; programs engaging teachers and students in studying impacts of climate change; activities at Maryland State Parks and other DNR education priorities. This work will require developing instructional materials based on the real science, research and restoration work of DNR and other state and Federal agencies and aligned to current academic standards and teaching practices; delivering the materials to community members and educators through professional development workshops; assisting with field experiences with students; collaborating with outside partners outside; and managing comprehensive educational and stewardship programs. The position is housed within the Aquatic Resources Education Program (AREP), Center for Conservation Education & Stewardship in the Chesapeake and Coastal Service Unit. It requires working closely with staff from other divisions within the unit and throughout DNR, as well as with outside partners. This collaborative work is key to developing education programs that are scientifically and technically sound, based on the research and science of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This position works cooperatively with the Maryland State Department of Education, teachers, and school system administrators throughout Maryland, county environmental education centers, and environmental educators and science/technical staff from another state, federal, and non-government organizations to develop and administer natural resource education and stewardship programs.


Experience: Seven years experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from a college or university and three years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours for each year of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work that included the regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting complex administrative plans, policies, rules or regulations or analysis of operational programs or procedures with recommendations for improvement on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.  


Spanish language proficiency based on a translation exam.


The preferred candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following fields of study:
  • Education, environmental education, environmental science, environmental studies/policy,  ecology, coastal/marine ecology, sustainability, biology, public land management, outdoor recreation,  other natural resources or related fields of study, communications, Spanish, or sociology.  
And knowledge and experience with:
  • Developing aquatic education programs and teaching environmental education to youth and adults, or
  • Developing and delivering public engagement and stewardship materials to community members and educators, or
  • Collaborating with outside partners to manage comprehensive educational and stewardship programs.


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.


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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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 Emilee Knott 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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