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Marshbird Survey Field Technician

Recruitment #24-002293-0009


Seasonal Hourly - Marshbird Survey Field Technicians
3 positions available - full-time
April 2024 - July 2024




580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service in Annapolis, Maryland is currently accepting applications for three Seasonal Contractual positions (Natural Resources Technician III). The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service in Annapolis, Maryland seeks three highly motivated individuals to conduct surveys of secretive marshbirds (e.g., rails, bitterns) in coastal areas throughout the state’s Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays regions. The work will involve early evening and night time roadside surveys of scretive marshbirds using a standardized audio lure point count survey based on the North American Marshbird Monitoring Protocol. Technicians will also maintain and deploy automated recording units (ARU’s) at roadside survey locations to estimate species detection probability and examine the efficacy of the two survey methods. Duties will also include private landowner contacts, data entry and management. The work will require early evening and night time surveys, occasional weekend work and possibly some overnight travel.


Experience: Four years of experience, two years 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, 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 two years 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 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of 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.


  • Excellent bird identification skills and the ability to identify all potentially occurring marshbirds in Maryland, especially secretive species by call, are strongly preferred.
  • Prior bird survey experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Arcmap, Microsoft Excel, and GPS units is preferred.
  • A strong work ethic, the ability to work well both independently and in small teams at night in remote areas with minimal supervision is required.


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

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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