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Director of the Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship

Recruitment #24-005478-0009


Chesapeake and Coastal Service – Office for Economics and Social Science is conducting an internal recruitment for a Program Manager III (Grade 21) to serve as the Director for the Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship. Any interested Chesapeake and Coastal Service permanent (classified) employees who meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply. See attached job announcement.
A formal reclassification package from the selected employee’s current classification to Program Manager III would be submitted. Please be reminded that the requested classification title is not guaranteed until approved by the Department of Budget and Management.




580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

This position is the Director of the Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship (CES), within the Chesapeake and Coastal Service Unit, and is responsible for leading the Department’s environmental education involving the planning, development, and management of the activities, staff, programs and budget administration of the Conservation Education Program, USFWS Aquatic Resources Education Program, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) System’s Education Program. 

The Director serves as the primary point of contact for DNR education programs and, specifically as a link between DNR and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The Director works closely with MSDE to ensure that DNR programs targeted at schools meet student and teacher needs; as well as working with DNR staff, managers and leadership to assure that programs meet DNR’s and the Governor’s objectives. The position provides advice and guidance on state, regional and national policy as it relates to environmental education, serving on state, regional, and national committees that set such policies and recommendations, such as Co-Chairing the Governor’s Maryland Project Green Classrooms Initiative (PGC) Steering Committee, and providing leadership on the Chesapeake Bay Program Mid-Atlantic Environmental Literacy Workgroup and Leadership Team. The Director leads and manages the CES staff and cultivates a strong collaborative culture that clearly outlines the values, priorities and practices to guide the way for the center. As an effective leader of state level environmental literacy efforts, the Director broadly assesses where the center, division and the department are headed within state and regional environmental literacy efforts, and must articulate a solid strategic vision for how CES contributes to, influences or adds value to those efforts.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in education, environmental education, environmental science, environmental studies/policy,  ecology, coastal/marine ecology, sustainability, biology, public land management, outdoor recreation or other natural resources or related field of study.  

Experience:  Five years of professional experience managing projects, teaching and/or supervising staff who are administering programs which address environmental education, natural resource conservation, restoration or management.

Notes: (only if applicable)
1. Candidates may substitute graduate education for the required general experience at the rate of one year of education to one year of experience, for up to two years of the required general experience. 


  • Managing and/or coordinating environmental education programs, initiatives, workgroups and other collaborative efforts. Examples include Project Green Classrooms, Chesapeake Bay Program Environmental Literacy Goal and Education Workgroup, and other local, regional and national environmental education initiatives. 
  • Grant and/or budget management.
  • Creating  and articulating a solid strategic vision to lead a team of staff to a culture of collaboration and state-level leadership around environmental literacy.




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 consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

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.


Your application is part of the examination process. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. The rating will be based on the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is important you provide all the experience and education related to this position completely and accurately.



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 or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division. Please note, standard business hours for the help desk are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Inquiries made after hours will be reviewed the following business day. 

If you need to make adjustments to a submitted application or if you have general inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Emilee Knott 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.

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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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