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Recruitment #24-002293-0014


Seasonal Natural Technician I
Fisheries Recreational Harvest Data Program Field Staff (APAIS)
4 vacancies; part-time




These positions are located throughout coastal Maryland. Applicants residing within Worcester, Somerset, Wicomico, Dorcester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Annes, Kent, Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Charles counties will be considered.

Staff will work remotely and independently.

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services, is currently accepting applications for (4) part-time seasonal creel clerks for the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) conducted throughout Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coastal watershed. This survey is part of the National Marine Fisheries Service - Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), which develops estimates of recreational marine fishing activity and harvest for Atlantic states.

These positions are located throughout coastal Maryland. Applicants residing within Worcester, Somerset, Wicomico, Dorcester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Annes, Kent, Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Charles counties will be considered. 

Field staff will travel from their residence to assigned sites at public docks, piers, beaches and marinas within reasonable distance of their residence to interview anglers about their fishing experiences, collect a variety of information, and (when applicable) weigh, measure, and identify fish species. There are also assignments on ½- day and full-day headboat trips offshore and site inspection assignments. All data must be collected and recorded according to strict survey protocol. Completed data must be submitted regularly to DNR supervisors and staff must participate in the data review process until all data pass quality assurance review by DNR supervisors. 

Staff will work remotely and independently, commuting from their residence to sites located throughout coastal Maryland. All work assignments will require in-state travel. Staff will use their own vehicles and be reimbursed for mileage. 

This is a maximum 10-month contract. This survey is conducted March-December with 70% of assignments falling on weekends and holidays. Seasonal staff are hired to assist during the busiest part of the year (Spring-Summer months) and contracts may extend into December/January based on staffing needs. Shifts may include night assignments which are completed with a co-worker. Work schedules are developed monthly within two weeks of the next month’s start. Weekly schedules are generally expected to provide between 10 and 30 hours of work. There is no anticipated overtime pay or comp time, and health benefits are not offered.


Experience: 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 for the required experience.
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 experience.


Persons in this position 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.


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

Please provide ample time to complete the application template. If you are having technical difficulties submitting an application on the day of the deadline, it is strongly advised that you complete the JobAps physical application template and hand deliver to DNR - HRS at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 before 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources cannot guarantee that late submissions, as a result of technical difficulties, will be accepted.

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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