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State Park Ranger Assistant Manager

Recruitment #23-001761-0002


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park 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.




Sandy Point State Park, 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis MD 21409 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

To provide supervision of subordinate employees and direction in the daily operation of Sandy Point State Park. Protection of park visitors as well as the natural, cultural, and historic resources is the primary objective. Employee serves as an advocate for Maryland Park Service and DNR programs, policies, and activities.


The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Park Service is currently accepting applications for a Park Services Assistant Manager, which serves as the assistant manager of Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland. The selected candidate will serve under the managerial supervision of the Park Manager and is responsible for overseeing the visitor services, resources, personnel, equipment and facility management, maintenance and protection of the Sandy Point State Park Complex. The selected candidate develops strategies to address issues and opportunities to enhance park programs and operations, maximize revenues, and meet visitor expectations for quality resource-based recreation and interpretive services. The candidate in this position is also responsible for ensuring proper allocation and use of Maryland Park Service resources such as personnel, equipment and funding. Duties also include the review, evaluation and support of emergency response capabilities and plans for visitor services, resource protection and employee safety activities at Sandy Point State Park to safeguard visitors, personnel and resources. The candidate in this position represents the Department of Natural Resources as a liaison with local governments, businesses and community groups. Duties also include enforcement of DNR regulations and policies to ensure public safety, as well as the protection of Maryland’s natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources.


Experience: Seven years of experience supervising personnel engaged in park or forest operations work.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience in park or forest operations work at the rate of two years for each year of supervisory experience for up to two years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree in forestry, forest management, natural resources     management, parks and recreation, business management, education, or a related natural science from an accredited college or university and three years of experience supervising personnel engaged in park or forest operations work for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in forestry, forestry management, nature resources management, parks and recreation, business administration, education, or a related natural resources field for five years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in management and program clerical and assistance classification or management and program clerical and assistance specialty codes in the general, administrative, clerical, and office services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education, three years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.


  • Professional experience in supervising park operations and employee in a Maryland State Park
  • Four years of professional field-level experience working in a park setting
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Experience in park budget and personnel management
  • Experience managing and maintaining park facilities and grounds
  • Experience managing natural, cultural and historical resources in a park setting
  • Experience working with community and government agency partners to provide public safety, resource protection and other government agencies


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.


1. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in 24 hours a day.

2. Employees in this classification may be subject to assignment in any county of the State. Upon permanent appointment, the employee may be required to reside in the county or region assigned.

3. Employees in this classification must be trained in First Responder Training or other equivalent first aid training.


  • 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.
  • Applicants selected for employment may undergo an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to:  employment reference check, education verification, driving record check (if the position requires employees to drive a vehicle) and a criminal history check including fingerprinting.


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 and direct your questions/comments/concerns to the 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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