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Recruitment #22-002502-0001


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

Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed is seeking up to 3 Natural Resources Planner IV team members to fill the following: 1 "Coastal Climate Coordinator" position, 1 "Coastal Planning and Training" position and 1 "Conservation Resilience" position. 




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

Main Purpose of Job

The Chesapeake and Coastal Service works within the Department of Natural Resources to provide leadership in the restoration and protection of Maryland’s coastal resources and to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, infrastructure and critical habitats for generations to come. It does this through financial and technical assistance to state and local partners, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education and effective intergovernmental coordination.

The "Coastal Climate Coordinator" position will serve as a coastal climate coordinator to advance the state adaptation goals by providing coordination, planning and oversight for statewide, inter-departmental climate workgroups focused on reducing the risk of state investments to climate impacts and advancing overall climate adaptation. This position will provide coordination with sister agencies, local and federal government agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations to implement the objectives of both the Coast Smart Council and Maryland Commission on Climate Change’s Adaptation and Resiliency Working Group (ARWG).

The "Coastal Planning and Training" position will develop and advance coastal training programs and guide planning and project work that will help to translate data, tools, and science into decision making and plan development. The position will work closely with place-based programs such as the National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and local communities to identify needs and support opportunities to integrate resilience, restoration, and other coastal management issues into training and long-term planning goals.

The "Conservation Resilience" position will lead conservation resilience initiatives for coastal land conservation, public access, and recreation planning. The position will work across the Department to lead coastal resilience strategies for conservation planning efforts, provide guidance on climate adaptation options for parcel evaluations, and develop public land site plans to enhance resilience to climate change.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Five years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological, environmental sciences and one year of experience in natural resource planning or applied environmental science for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, chemical, biological or environmental sciences for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, chemical, biological or environmental sciences for the required experience.

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


●  Working knowledge of applied science or science translation for non-scientific audiences and/or,
●  Working knowledge of conservation and climate resilience practices, and/or,
●  Working knowledge of climate adaptation and coastal hazards.


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.


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 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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