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Program Open Space, Local Program Administrator

Recruitment #22-002588-0061


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Land Acquisition and Planning Unit. 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. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.




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

Main Purpose of Job

This position, located within the Land Acquisition and Planning Unit, administers the Program Open Space (POS) Local and Community Parks and Playgrounds (CP&P) Programs to ensure their compliance with the mission, goals, and objectives of the Department of Natural Resources, Program Open Space, Community Parks and Playgrounds, and all related federal and State statutes. Since 1969, Program Open Space and its associated programs and initiatives have represented the State of Maryland’s primary mechanism for the conservation of natural resource lands and provision of public recreation facilities. The Community Parks and Playgrounds Program, established in 2001, provides funding for the restoration of existing, and the creation of new park and green systems in Maryland. Beginning in FY 2010, funding under the program was revised to apply specifically to municipal corporations of the State and Baltimore City. POS Local and CP&P funds are used for the acquisition of conservation land and development of public recreation facilities by local governments through formula-driven and competitive grants.


Experience: Nine years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.  One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following:  the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 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 an accredited college or university and five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.  One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following:  the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.

3. 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.

4. 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.


Applicants must meet both the minimum and selective qualifications to qualify for this position. 

Two years of the above experience must be in working with grant programs with government organizations.


  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite, Google Mail, and Drive.
  • Experience working with or for nonprofit organizations that support community and/or neighborhood development.
  • Professional experience representing an organization, and its goals, to an outside source. 


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 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 or call 410-767-4850.

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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