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Recruitment #24-001685-0002


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service. 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.




Tawes Building, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-2, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

This position is a Natural Resources Biologist in the Stream Assessment Section of the Aquatic Inventory and Monitoring Program, Monitoring and Non-Tidal Assessment Division. The main purpose of the position is to support ongoing efforts of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey and the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The incumbent will participate in water quality and habitat monitoring programs to assess impacts of acid deposition, habitat degradation, land use, non- point source pollution on aquatic living resources in Maryland, target restoration activities, and track progress on restoration strategies through the MBSS. This position requires direct technical interaction with scientific experts in a number of fields and collaboration with state and federal agencies, universities, private consultants, and watershed organizations to achieve monitoring and assessment objectives. It also requires the preparation of interdisciplinary scientific reports that are routinely subject to internal or academic peer review that are used to focus DNR's management of Maryland's streams and rivers.


The Department of Natural Resources, Monitoring and Non-Tidal Assessment Division, is currently accepting applications for one open Natural Resources Biologist I position. This position is located in the Annapolis, MD office. The selected candidate will serve as a Natural Resources Biologist in the Monitoring and Non-tidal Assessment Division (MANTA), which involves extensive participation in state-of-the-art ecological assessment and monitoring programs that are focused on the effects of power plant and other impacts such as acid deposition, habitat degradation, land use, and nonpoint source pollution on aquatic living resources in Maryland.

This position requires direct technical interaction with scientific experts in a number of fields. It also requires preparation of interdisciplinary scientific documents that are used to focus DNR's management of Maryland's streams and rivers. Important duties include serving as member of a field crew responsible for the collection of data on fishes, benthic macroinvertebrates, herpetofauna, crayfishes, freshwater mussels, physical habitat, and water quality in non-tidal streams and rivers as part of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey. Duties also include data analysis and interpretation, field data collections, and reporting related to the status and distribution of Maryland’s aquatic resources. This position will also participate in efforts to develop, manage, analyze, and interpret complex spatial datasets and develop and produce maps and other graphics using GIS which are central to the Maryland Biological Stream Survey and other stream ecological studies. This position may require occasional overnight travel and occasional fieldwork on weekends to fulfill project goals.


Experience: Four years of professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study from an accredited college or university for the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the wildlife biology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


  • Experience in ecological sampling of aquatic ecosystems including the use of electrofishing techniques, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling techniques, physical habitat assessments, and/or geomorphology assessments.
  • Understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis of ecological datasets using the R programming language
  • Familiarity with taxonomy and ecology of stream fishes, benthic macroinvertebrates, herpetofauna, crayfishes, and freshwater mussels.
  • Familiarity with the use of Access, Excel, and data analysis software.
  • Experience in the preparation of scientific reports and other technical documents.


**INTERNAL RECRUITMENT - Only MDNR RAS Merit, Contractual and Contingent Employees Are Eligible For This Recruitment**


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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