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Recruitment #22-002588-0008



Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to advance the State’s climate resilience, public recreational boating, and habitat restoration efforts through science-based coastal and marine engineering. The Coastal & Marine Engineer will apply engineering, soil science, biology, chemistry and ecology knowledge within marine and coastal environments to solve problems at the intersection of communities, built infrastructure and the environment. This position will function across programs in the Chesapeake & Coastal Service Unit (Unit) and with federal, state and local partners to advance community-driven projects that are technically sound and sustainable over the long-term. The position will apply design and engineering skills to projects and ensure that any future site vulnerability considerations are considered and/or reflected in project development and implementation. Work will support projects that align with Department and coastal management goals regarding community resilience to climate change, water quality, public access, environmental justice, and habitat enhancement. Work will support resiliency, restoration, and waterway improvement projects in various phases of planning, design and implementation. RESTORATION: This position will support Unit restoration activities managed through the Center for Coastal Planning and the Center for Habitat Restoration & Conservation. This position provides technical, design/engineering, and project management assistance for natural and nature-based practices that reduce community and ecosystem vulnerabilities and enhance habitat. Practices may include living shoreline, wetland restoration, stream restoration, stormwater management, riparian and other projects funded through the Resiliency through Restoration Initiative or the Shoreline Conservation Service. PUBLIC RECREATIONAL BOATING: This position will support technical engineering and design activities for the Unit’s Center for Waterway Improvement & Infrastructure and in partnership with local government project applicants. This position provides technical assistance to support public boating access facilities and associated infrastructure, dredging of public navigation channels/harbors, construction of jetties/breakwaters, and other projects funded through the Waterway Improvement Fund that benefit the general boating public.


The Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, is seeking an Administrator III team member to serve as a Coastal and Marine Engineer to help the Department work across local, state, and watershed scales to meet water quality, habitat, climate resiliency, and public recreational boating goals. The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team to provide innovative and resilient engineering solutions to challenges at the intersection of communities, built infrastructure and the environment. This position will lead and support projects funded under the State Waterway Improvement Fund, Resiliency through Restoration Initiative, and Shoreline Conservation Service.


This position will help to advance natural infrastructure and recreational boating access projects in the coastal and marine environment by providing support and technical assistance to state and local partners and applying environmental science and restoration concepts to project designs. The position will engage in all stages of project development from site visits to conceptual design and permitting to project implementation. The successful candidate will be able to translate science-based research and technical concepts to professionals and partners within and outside of their own discipline in written and verbal formats.


Experience: Nine years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


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

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


The preferred candidate will have knowledge and experience with:

Bachelor of Science degree or higher in: Civil, Environmental, Water Resources or Mechanical Engineering; Environmental Science or Biology (or related field); Landscape Architecture.  

Four years of technical training or experience with coastal ecology, estuarine habitats, climate change, ecosystem restoration, and waterfront boating facility construction. 

Four years of experience with visualization or mapping software, such as ESRI ArcGIS or AutoCAD.

Experience designing coastal and marine construction projects (e.g., riparian, living shoreline, wetland restoration, stream restoration, boating infrastructure).

Knowledge of climate change and its potential impacts on the built and natural environments.


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.

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 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 Crystal Wilson at

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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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