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Natural Resources Technician II

Recruitment #23-003093-0001


Long-Term Contractual Natural Resources Technician II

CONTRACT PERIOD: March 2023 – March 2024 
(Starting and Ending Dates Negotiable)




127 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville, MD 21536

Main Purpose of Job

This position provides technical forestry support for the Forest Manager on public lands managed by the Maryland Forest Service. The function of this position is crucial in maintaining third party forest certification and inspiring Marylanders to live in harmony with nature and to protect the Chesapeake Bay.


The Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for one (1) Long-Term Contractual Natural Resources Technician II position located at Savage River State Forest, Grantsville (Garrett County), Maryland. This position serves on the Forest Manager’s staff to assist with forest resource management and other State Forest programs and activities on the 55,000+ acres of Savage River State Forest. The employee provides technical and professional forest resource management support and assists with the implementation of long-term resource management operations and Annual Work Plans (AWP) over the diverse project area. The position assists the Forest Manager in implementing Department goals for management of the State Forest, and achieving and maintaining dual third party forest certification from the two most recognized auditing organizations in the conservation community. 

Employee provides leadership to seasonal Natural Resources Technicians, Conservation Aides, etc. in meeting management objectives as directed by the Forest Manager. Employee is responsible for utilizing a complex integrated geospatial (GIS) database management system in the implementation of annual forest work plans to direct on-going sustainable forest management activities on the Forest. Resource management responsibilities include but are not limited to: daily leadership of technical staff, carrying out Continuous Forest Inventory Project, natural resource data collection and processing and monitoring, implementing the silvicultural program and timber harvest plans. GIS data base management duties include: Information /data entry, maintaining updated boundary shape files, geo-referencing boundary lines to new GIS reference points, and operation of GPS and field data recorders. Other assistance to the Forest Manager includes but is not limited to providing assistance with managing all forest operations such as resource development, planning and protection, recreation, interpretive services, property management, and maintenance. 

The management of Savage River State Forest directly supports the Departmental goal of conserving the natural resources of Maryland and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, and this position is essential to the Forest Service in mission fulfillment and program implementation in the area. This position requires technical forestry expertise to perform the essential job functions, and many outcomes of this position are required by State laws and regulations. The incumbent should be proficiently skilled with a multitude of technical forestry equipment including GPS, compass, clinometer, range finders, 10 and 20 BAF prisms, increment corers, as well as able to accurately read and interpret topographic maps. 

Note: The selected candidate will work in inclement weather and traverse rugged terrain.


Experience: Three years of experience; one year of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management and an additional two years of experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries.


1. Candidates may substitute the completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 credit hours must be 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 and one year of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute additional education beyond the completion of the 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study on a year-for-year basis for the required 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.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


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 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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

*Should benefits be available, this information will be discussed at the time of 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, Recruitment and Examination Division at  

 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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