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Recruitment #22-003121-0004


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service. 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.

Part Time: 20 hours/week




1919 Lincoln Drive Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to conduct water quality survey work as part of our Water Quality Monitoring Program. These surveys are critical to assessing the Bay-wide TMDL, Maryland’s 2-year milestones and progress of our Watershed Implementation Plans. This position serves primarily as a field biologist for the collection and assessment of water quality data for the Water Quality Monitoring Program.

This position will also provide support for other programs within the Water Quality Monitoring Program. This position will provide field support for a two-person sampling team assigned to collect storm loading data at critical freshwater stations that send sediment and nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay. This position performs other duties that are assigned to complete all tasks associated with this job’s functions. 

The Water Quality Monitoring Program is responsible for the collection and assessment of water quality data for the Chesapeake Bay (Mainstem, Bay Tributary & Enhanced Tributary), Non-Tidal Network, Core/Trend, Coastal Bays, Dataflow, Continuous Monitoring and Trust Fund Programs. These surveys collect monthly water quality data year-round from over 250 stations statewide generating 400 – 600 samples each month as part of the above-named water quality programs. These programs are administered by the Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service whose mission is to understand tidal and non-tidal aquatic ecosystems and trends of these ecosystems; to evaluate the effectiveness of restoration, enhancement and protection activities for these ecosystems and to interpret scientific and economic data on issues related to the natural resources and environment of Maryland. The Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service is responsible for major components of these plans including the collection and interpretation of water quality data that are used to provide recommendations on issues related to management of resources in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays.

Candidates must be willing to work long and flexible hours, including on-call duty for storm sampling on weekends.  Candidate must be comfortable working aboard boats, from bridges and in streams under various weather conditions.  Candidate must have a valid Driver’s License and be able to lift and carry equipment up to 50 lbs.  This position may require carrying heavy equipment over rough and uneven terrain.


Experience: Four years of professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology and two years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of the required experience. 

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


  • Experience with field sampling
  • Experience with use, calibration, maintenance and repair of water quality instrumentation
  • Experience with data review (QA/QC procedures)
  • Ability to adhere to sampling protocols and accurately record data
  • Ability to work independently and with others to efficiently complete assigned tasks
  • Possession of MD Safe Boating License or equivalent


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 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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