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Federal Grants Manager

Recruitment #24-001001-0001


This is a contractual, position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage. 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 serves as the unit’s Federal Grant Manager and contributes to the conservation, restoration, resilience, and stewardship goals of the state’s wildlife and endangered species initiatives by providing support to a team of program and fiscal managers and ensuring effective and efficient workflows on grant award and fund management. The administrator applies a solid understanding of individual program management goals and requirements and the necessary fiscal controls to contracting, program implementation, and tracking processes. Staff assist in the successful advancement and implementation of partnerships and projects funded through federal agency awards.

Staff assist in successful daily Unit operations by bridging knowledge of both fiscal and technical program requirements to ensure effective project implementation. This position monitors applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, and regulations governing fund sources and organizes Unit efforts to incorporate these requirements in program and project implementation practices and processes. The position coordinates consistent process improvements and system access for federal fund sources by organizing workflows and setting goals and deadlines on a variety of funding operational materials. These may include budgeting principles; contract management principles and practices; project management methods; and, report writing techniques. Staff support work to pursue new funding opportunities (e.g. competitive state wildlife grants), prepare narratives supporting annual and multi-year operations awards, sub-recipient work, meet reporting and re-budgeting needs, and closing out awards.


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service (WHS) is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist IV to serve as a federal grants manager. This position will work with unit wildlife biologists, program managers, and fiscal staff to coordinate and manage the federal grants that WHS operates under. WHS currently receives funding through approximately 25 grants that are primarily obtained through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). These grants support wildlife research and management, acquisition and management of land for wildlife management areas, management and conservation of threatened and endangered species, building construction, hunter education, technical guidance, R3, and other wildlife-related activities.

The incumbent will serve as the official liaison between WHS and USFWS grants managers and will also work with NGO’s subcontracted by WHS through some of these grants. The selected candidate will be responsible for notifying staff of grant availability, assisting with interpreting grant requirements and eligibility, working with staff on completing and submitting annual grant reports, and working with fiscal staff to ensure budgetary and reporting requirements are met. The incumbent will also participate in field research and management activities in order to understand the wildlife management work that is being conducted and how it relates to the funding grant.


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 and five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management.

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 and five years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management for the required experience. 
2. Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience. 
3. 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.


  • At least three years of experience managing federal grants.
  • Field work experience related to wildlife management and research.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, including basic and advanced functions.


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 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.


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 at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Adriana Parravano 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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