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Natural Resources Technician III - Prescribed Fire Technician

Recruitment #22-002293-0028


Seasonal Contract

Two Vacancies - Full Time  

Contract Period: 9/14/2022 - 5/23/2023

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife and Heritage Service, is currently accepting applications for two Seasonal Contractual Natural Resources Technician III's. The technicians will assist staff with habitat restoration work involving prescribed fire in high-priority natural areas. Responsibilities include firebreak and burn unit preparation and serving as a burn crew member during operational periods.


Education: Completion of sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 of which are in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.

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


1. Additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 

2. Additional education beyond sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study can be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of experience. 

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the biological science technician field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


  • Qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) and completion of the following additional NWCG training courses: S-212 Wildland Chainsaws, S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use, ATV Safety and Operations.
  • Experience with a variety of equipment including chainsaws, brushcutters, debris blowers, and herbicide sprayers.
  • Experience in the operation of UTV/ATVs equipped with fire skid units and herbicide sprayers.  
  • Experience with the management of invasive plant species and/or woody plant species using herbicide applications or mechanical treatments.
  • Ability to be flexible during operational periods where multi-day travel may be necessary (State vehicle and lodging will be provided or mileage will be reimbursed for use of personal vehicle).
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team setting under a highly stressful and dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to perform heavy physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain.
  • Excellent communication skills.


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.


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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