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Coastal Restoration Specialist

Recruitment #23-002588-0100


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed. 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.




580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

This position will fill the role of Administrator III/Coastal Restoration Specialist in the Shoreline Conservation Service under the Center for Habitat Restoration and Conservation within the Office of Restoration and Resilience at DNR’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service. This position will manage multi-year, multi-partnered restoration projects affiliated with the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Agreement. This position collects, reviews, interprets, analyzes, and integrates information related to statewide natural resources for long-term, multi-objective ecosystem and watershed planning and management. The position works with the Shoreline Erosion Control Program to assist in shoreline protection and restoration assistance to state, local and private property owners. The Administrator III evaluates efficiency of operations and develops, revises, and recommends new policies, standards, and workflow procedures, using new technology where appropriate.

The position engages with project partners to provide technical and financial assistance to all phases of natural resource enhancement projects in accordance with guiding legislation and agency policies. This position will lead project partners from the project development phase through implementation. The Administrator III participates in studies of shorelines, wetlands, forests, and streams, and consults with state, federal, and local agencies, as well as non-profit and academic institutions, on natural resource management, and restoration initiatives. This position interprets and applies or oversees the application of agency policies, rules, and regulations in order to accomplish the work of the Shoreline Erosion Control Program. 

The position is responsible for developing designs for projects on state lands, other public and private properties. In addition, the Administrator III consults with DNR program directors and administrators regarding policies and program needs. 

Specific tasks related to this role include: four season restoration field work; plan, design and monitor restoration activities with partners; assess stream, wetland and shoreline conditions to develop appropriate ecological solutions; project/grant management via a minimum of quarterly reporting and/or site visits; oversight of invoicing and tracking of expenditures; collecting project data; and assistance in developing an annual report to the State Legislature. In addition, the Administrator III will provide technical assistance and coordination in the development of new projects and partnerships and advise and assist the Office in the development of new financing strategies, policies, and tools related to Chesapeake Bay and local watershed restoration.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Six years of administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Two years of technical knowledge designing, reviewing, and/or implementing coastal and marine construction projects (e.g., riparian, living shoreline, wetland restoration and stream restoration).
  • Two years of climate resilience and specifically sea level rise and nuisance flooding experience.


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.


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.

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.



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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