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Central Region Ecologist

Recruitment #23-001002-0006


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




Tawes Office Building - 580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis

This position will include fieldwork throughout Central Maryland in Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, and Montgomery Counties.

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for the conservation and management of unique natural communities and rare, Threatened or Endangered species, primarily within the central region of Maryland, and for statewide guidance on the conservation and management of natural communities and other areas of specific expertise. This work requires familiarity with all factors which determine environmental threats to specific ecosystems and species, as well as a general familiarity and experience with terrestrial and wetland habitats throughout the region.

The incumbent carries out inventory, monitoring, stewardship, and research activities to support the conservation and management of rare species and natural communities. The incumbent ensures that these activities are consistent with the goals of the Natural Heritage Program and those of the WHS and Department and that they are scientifically sound, including the application of standard methods of vegetation sampling, mapping, and classification; the statistical analysis of field data; and the management and development of information on ecological communities. 

This position also provides technical assistance to the Program, other units within the Department and, where appropriate, other state and federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations, in such activities as the development of conservation plans, habitat protection, ecological restoration, land management and stewardship, environmental review of proposed land use activities on public and private lands, and public education.


The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service’s Natural Heritage Program is seeking a Natural Resources Biologist V team member who will be responsible for the conservation and management of unique natural communities and rare, Threatened and Endangered species primarily in the Central Region of Maryland and oversee the characterization and conservation of natural communities statewide. Work will occur on state and private lands. This work requires a wide breadth and depth of knowledge of those species and their habitats, as well as the environmental threats to specific ecosystems and species, in order to assess their status and determine actions needed to abate the threats and conserve priority species and natural communities and the ecosystems that support them.

The position will have statewide responsibility for guidance on the conservation and management of natural communities. Familiarity and experience with numerous natural areas throughout the state, with the natural communities and wildlife of the region, with the design and implementation of population and natural community monitoring and habitat assessment methods, with natural community and species inventory methods, and with habitat management and restoration techniques will be essential to fulfill this mission.

Within the Central Region, the incumbent will research, monitor and conduct inventories of rare species and natural communities to assess status and conservation needs; provide conservation recommendations for rare species, natural communities and non-game wildlife in response to requests to review land management plans, development activities and forest stewardship and timber harvest plans on public and private lands; identify and assist in implementing habitat stewardship and restoration projects for rare species, natural communities and non-game wildlife; identify land conservation priorities and provide guidance regarding the ecological significance of properties under consideration for acquisition or easement; and perform outreach to expand the understanding of and appreciation for biodiversity conservation, rare and unique natural resources and Maryland’s ecosystems. 

The incumbent must work with staff of various government agencies, private conservation organizations, academia, and private landowners to carry out conservation and management actions. A creative, problem-solving approach is often required to resolve the frequent conflicts inherent in managing human interactions with natural ecosystems.


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 six 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 six 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.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in botany, environmental science, conservation biology, wildlife biology or one of the closely related fields listed under the minimum qualifications education requirement on this job bulletin.
  • At least four years of experience with research, monitoring, or field surveys of plants and natural communities native to Maryland and the habitats that support them, including use of ArcGIS and disseminating results via presentations, reports or other publications.
  • Experience developing, reviewing, and implementing habitat management plans or restoration plans for natural communities or species of concern.
  • Successful work with partners on habitat conservation projects and communication with the public about habitat conservation.
  • Experience working with or for public agencies to identify conservation measures to avoid/minimize environmental impacts of land use plans, land management plans, timber harvest plans, and/or proposals for land development.
  • Knowledge of the natural areas, plants, and animals, including rare species, of Maryland.
  • Experience managing multiple priorities and supervising staff or volunteers.


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, 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

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Adriana Parravano 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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