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Director of the Office of Restoration and Resilience

Recruitment #24-005479-0009


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed. 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

The position serves as Director, with supervisory responsibility of three Centers within the Chesapeake and Coastal Service Unit in the Department of Natural Resources: Habitat Restoration and Conservation; Restoration Finance; Policy, Planning and Coordination. These Centers include 22 FTEs and an Annual Budget that exceeds $80 M in Special and Federal funds.

 The Habitat Restoration and Conservation Center serves as the Department’s entryway for coordinated ecosystem restoration activities. The Center’s goal is to foster the development of public and private partnerships that facilitate the restoration of both small and large-scale ecosystems. The Restoration Finance Center serves as the lead role among state agencies for coordinating and financing state and federally funded projects and advancing innovative approaches to prevent and reduce non-point source pollution, including management and oversight of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and the US E.P.A. Chesapeake Bay Program Implementation grant award. The Policy, Planning and Coordination Center manages the Chesapeake’s Bay Cabinet and Governor’s Bay Workgroup; provides legislative support; develops and implements Maryland policy for the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays; serves as the Department’s lead for advancing sound climate policy and planning; and provides staff support for the Governor’s participation on the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Executive Council. 

 This position oversees the management of an annual budget that exceeds $80 million dollars per year in restoration funds. A portion of these funds are from an annual revolving Shore Erosion Control loan fund ($1M) and requires disbursement of these funds with final approval by the Board of Public Works (The Governor, the State Comptroller, the State Treasurer). Other funds managed by this position include the Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Trust funds ($74M), US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Implementation Funds ($6M), approximately $400,000 in General Funds and approximately $1.5M in special funds and grants (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, SHA Transportation Enhancement Program, Chesapeake Bay Trust and others). This position develops, directs and implements policies and programs to ensure that the expertise, tools and financial resources are used to their utmost capacity to help the State and local communities restore local waterways; prepare for future storm events and shoreline change.


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 environmental related field of study.

Experience:  Six (6) years of professional experience managing natural resources projects and programs and/or supervising staff who are administering natural resources management projects and programs.   

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. 


The preferred candidate will have knowledge and experience with:
  • Supervising staff who manage the funding, design and/or implementation of restoration and resilience projects
  • Managing budgets and executing contracts from multiple funding sources
  • Direction of statewide natural resource management programs that includes coordination with internal programs and federal, state, local, non-profit and private sector interests 
  • Development of policies, programs and communication strategies, either directly or through staff management




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. 

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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