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Recruitment #23-001000-0002


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




Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery, Brandywine, MD (Charles County)

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to perform all duties relating to the intensive and extensive culture of anadromous, warm water, cool water and cold water fish species at the Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery complex. Fish species are produced to meet statewide management needs, including anadromous species restoration and recovery, tidal bass enhancement, fishing rodeos, outreach, and corrective stocking. These tasks point directly toward goals one, two and five of the DNR mission; “Sustainable Populations of Living Resources and Aquatic Habitat”, “Healthy Maryland Watershed Lands, Streams and Non-Tidal Rivers” and “Diverse Outdoor Recreation Opportunities for Maryland Citizens and Visitors.”


The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Service, Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist III. The position participates in the production of nearly two dozen species for fish stock enhancement, education/outreach, cooperative fish culture projects, and restoration of anadromous species​ in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The position uses a variety of strategies to raise fish for stocking, including intensive culture, extensive culture, and integrated culture. 


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 four 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 four 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 experience for up to two years 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.


  • Position has experience culturing eggs, larvae and juveniles in intensive culture, extensive culture, and integrated culture.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access spreadsheets.
  • Experience with trailering and hauling live fish.


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 minimum 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, need to make adjustments to a submitted application or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division

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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