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Seasonal Natural Resources Technician

Riparian Wetland Plant Surveys

Recruitment #23-002293-0015


Two (2) open Seasonal Riparian Wetlands Plant Survey Field Technicians positions available


CONTRACT PERIOD: April 2023 – August 2023 (Full and Part time Availability)




Position is based out of Annapolis, MD. 

Field work will take place primarily in Maryland’s Piedmont region (Frederick, Montgomery, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Cecil counties) with some data collection on the Delmarva peninsula of Maryland.


The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service in Annapolis, Maryland is currently accepting applications for two part-time to full-time Seasonal Contractual Natural Resources Technicians for the contract period. The Department seeks two highly motivated individuals to assist with a project to collect data using a rapid assessment protocol for characterizing stream-associated wetland habitats and providing information on their condition. Field work will take place primarily in Maryland’s Piedmont region(Frederick, Montgomery, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Cecil counties) with some data collection on the Delmarva peninsula of Maryland. Job duties will include (1) collection of data on dominant woody and herbaceous vegetation (vegetation composition, structure, percent cover), physical site characteristics (including hydrology and soils), and stressors (including invasive plant species) at a variety of sites in the project area; (2) use of existing GIS data layers to characterize landscape condition and other measures relevant to habitat condition; and (3)assistance with data entry, data summary, landowner/land manager contacts, and equipment maintenance in support of the field work. Expect occasional long field days with varied weather conditions and biting insects. Some overnight stays may be necessary.


Education: Completion of sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 of which are in biology,
biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural
resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries
management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: Two years of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management.

  1. Additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
  2. Additional education beyond sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study can be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of experience.
  3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the biological science technician field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


  • A strong work ethic, good problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well independently and in a small team in remote areas with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to identify dominant herbaceous and woody vegetation of riparian wetland systems in the mid-Atlantic region, including associated uplands and additional plant identification skills, including rare species.
  • Prior experience with collection of plant community data and wetland delineations
  • Prior use of rapid assessment methods for wetland condition and characterization, including an understanding of the Floristic Quality Assessment Index and familiarity with NatureServe's EIA L2 protocols.
  • Experience with handheld GPS units. 
  • Experience with ArcGIS and Microsoft Access and Excel.


Occasional long field days with varied weather conditions and biting insects will be required. Some overnight stays may also be necessary. 


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 accept information submitted after this date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions and qualifications of this position.

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.


No Benefits.


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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