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Recruitment #24-000019-0001


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Police. 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

Responsible for the direction and coordination of the Patrol law enforcement functions for the entire State. 


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Police, is accepting applications for a Natural Resources Police Major. The incumbent would be responsible for:
  • Developing and implementing statewide policies, procedures and strategies pertaining to uniformed police operations.
  • Oversee and direct uniformed patrol work within the community to identify issues and solve problems based on the “Problem-Oriented Policing” model.
  • Deploying effective uniformed police patrols based on strategic plans, initiatives, needs of the public and stakeholders, and the priorities of the Superintendent and/or Secretary of DNR.
  • Analyzing, evaluating, and quantitatively reporting the effectiveness of patrols, making necessary adjustments to achieve the agency's mission.
  • Collaborating with other members of the agency and department to address issues and solve problems.
  • Conducting regular technical meetings with allied agencies and senior level staff meetings with Bureau/Divisional Commanders in order to direct and coordinate NRP uniformed patrol operations.
  • Serving as the secondary administrative hearing officer for hearing boards as part of the disciplinary process.
  • Leading by example with a servant leader mindset and expecting the same standard from the officers under their command.
  • Overseeing NRP uniformed patrol and related public safety programs and initiatives within the Department according to importance, effectiveness and budgetary restraints.
  • Serving on committees and representing the Agency and/or Superintendent as directed by Deputy Superintendent of NRP and/or Secretary of DNR (i.e., Grievance Hearings, Wildlife Advisory Board, etc.)
  • Preparing legislative bills and testimony as required.
  • Performing any other duties or responsibilities as directed.


Experience: Seven (7) years of professional experience in law enforcement, with a minimum of three (3) years of said experience being at the rank of Captain or equivalent.


To qualify, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications and selective qualifications.

Candidates must have a valid driver's license, with a good driving record. Driving record will be verified to confirm eligibility for hire, during the background check process.


  • Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to effectively lead and motivate a diverse team of law enforcement personnel.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with diverse stakeholders, including other law enforcement agencies, government officials and the public.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making abilities in high pressure situations.
  • Ability to develop and implement law enforcement policies and procedures.
  • Proficiency in using technology and law enforcement databases.
  • Thorough knowledge of Maryland state laws, regulations and procedures related to law enforcement and natural resources protection.
  • Understanding of conservation and environmental issues relevant to natural resources policing.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Administration, or related field of study


  1. This position is only open to current Natural Resources Police Officers who meet the minimum qualifications. 
  2. Only candidates that successfully complete a background check will be eligible for hire


  • Must meet the physical fitness standards required for law enforcement officers, including passing a physical fitness test.
  • Ability to work in various outdoor environments and adverse weather conditions.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.


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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