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Program Open Space Stateside Regional Administrator

Recruitment #22-002588-0076


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. Future vacancies may also be filled via other recruitments. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.




580 Taylor Avenue, E-4, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for administering fee simple acquisitions for Program Open Space Stateside as a Program Administrator in assigned regions, with a focus on the Southern Region. This position is also responsible for administering easement acquisitions for Program Open Space Stateside in assigned regions. Program Open Space Stateside preserves natural areas for public recreation and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland through the purchase of fee-simple and easement acquisitions. Fee simple purchases are managed by the Department as State Parks, Forests, and Wildlife and Fisheries Management Areas. This position identifies and evaluates potential fee simple and easement acquisitions in assigned regions for all managing units within the Department, administering candidate acquisitions from initial evaluation, through due diligence review, contract negotiation, Board of Public Works approval, acquisition and archiving. This position must work with other teams within the Land Acquisition and Planning Unit and with various units within the Department to identify and provide guidance on potential acquisitions in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. This position works in close coordination with other government agencies, land trust partners, and members of the public. This position requires effective communication and time-management skills, excellent planning and organizational skills, and multiple knowledge bases and skill sets such as: land records and title research, plat records research, natural resource planning, real estate acquisition principles including due diligence and survey review, project management and oversight, and software skills.


ExperienceNine 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.


Two (2) years of the above experience must have involved real estate acquisitions or acquisition-related natural resources planning, including analyzing, negotiating and overseeing the acquisition of real property, and/or the review and analysis of real estate related due diligence in a technical or legal environment.


  • Three (3) years experience conducting deed/title/property and plat records research.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, Adobe, MDLANDREC or FINDER or equivalent, SDAT Real Property Database, PLATS.NET for data research, management and presentation.
  • Understanding of real estate principles, terms, definitions and legal documents needed to effect an acquisition of real property.


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.

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 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 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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