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Recruitment #24-002293-0011


Seasonal Contractual
2 Vacancies - Full-time

Contract Periods:
  • (6-month contract) May 2024 – November 2024 
  • (5-month contract) May 2024 – October 2024




Matapeake Work Center, 301 Marine Academy Dr, Stevensville, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fishing & Boating Services is accepting applications to fill two seasonal/contractual Natural Resources Technician I positions. Both positions are located at the Matapeake Work Center in Stevensville, MD.


Position 1: This 6-month position will support the Fisheries Ecosystem Assessment Division (FEAD). This position will assist FEAD in the collection of fish and habitat data in tidal tributaries throughout Maryland.

Job responsibilities will include:
  • Identifying Chesapeake Bay fish species (juvenile and adult stages)
  • Processing ichthyoplankton and stomach content samples in the lab
  • Assist with field sampling and water quality collections conducted from boats and onshore during summer field seasons
  • Assist with data entry (Excel) and office duties
  • Equipment and net maintenance

Position 2: This 5-month position will support the Blue Crab Program with field surveys that monitor the status of the blue crab population in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. 

Job responsibilities will include:
  • Assist with the Summer Trawl Survey to sample blue crabs and key finfish species over a wide range of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Assist with the Cooperative Data Collection Program from commercial crabbing vessels
  • Assist with data entry (Excel) and office duties
  • Equipment and net maintenance


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: None.

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. 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 education.


Preference will be given to applicants with prior fisheries experience, have experience in the identification of Chesapeake Bay fish, using sampling equipment (trawl, seines, etc.), and laboratory experience with microscopes.


Persons appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which required 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.


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 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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