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Recruitment #23-001685-0001




Unicorn Lake Fish Hatchery, Millington, MD (Queen Anne’s County)


Cultures largemouth bass, walleye, bluegill, rainbow trout and other species for stocking into state waters. The position functions as the Principal Investigator (PI) for studies conducted under the Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) for Unicorn Hatchery. Keeps four Fishery Management Areas (FMA) clean, safe and properly maintained. Independently perform trout stocking activities statewide. Maintain certifications for Commercial Driver’s License and pesticide applicator. Position relates to Objectives 1, 3, 5 and 6 of the DNR Mission statement by providing fish for recreational opportunities and population enhancement.

The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services, Unicorn Lake Fish Hatchery is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist I. The position participates in the culture of Channel Catfish, Walleye, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout and Largemouth Bass for fish stock enhancement, education/outreach, and cooperative fish culture projects 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. Position is also responsible for trout stocking assigned to Unicorn Lake hatchery throughout the state and pesticide application as directed by hatchery manager.


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.

  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 for the required experience. 
  2. 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.


  • Has experience culturing eggs, larvae and juveniles in both tank and pond culture. 
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office for spreadsheets and databases. 
  • Experience with trailering and the operation and maintenance of heavy vehicles.


Employees in this classification will 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 Courtney Blackistone 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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