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Recruitment #24-002911-0001


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

As the Serving Deputy to the Superintendent of the Natural Resources Police, you will support the overall mission of protecting and preserving natural resources and enforcing criminal laws within your jurisdiction. You will work closely with the Superintendent to ensure the effective management and enforcement of all laws and regulations related to criminal, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, and resource management.

Your responsibilities will be diverse and challenging, requiring a combination of leadership, strategic thinking, and operational expertise. You will assist the Superintendent in developing and implementing policies, procedures, and programs to safeguard natural resources, prevent environmental crimes, and promote sustainable practices. 

In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Natural Resources Police, including coordinating patrols, investigations, and enforcement actions. You will also collaborate with other law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and community stakeholders to address complex environmental issues and promote public awareness and engagement. 

Additionally, as the Serving Deputy, you will be expected to lead by example, demonstrating integrity, professionalism, and a commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct. You will mentor and support staff members, foster a culture of teamwork and accountability, and ensure that resources are utilized efficiently and effectively to achieve the department's goals. 

Overall, as the Serving Deputy to the Superintendent of the Natural Resources Police, you will have the opportunity to significantly impact the protection and conservation of our natural resources, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty and benefits of our environment.


We seek a highly skilled and experienced individual to join our team as an Executive Management member in law enforcement. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker, visionary leader, and effective communicator with a proven track record of managing and overseeing law enforcement operations at an executive level.

  • Develop and implement strategic plans, policies, and procedures to ensure effective law enforcement operations;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to department heads and staff members to achieve organizational goals and objectives;
  • Oversee the allocation of resources, budget management, and financial planning to support law enforcement activities;
  • Collaborate with external stakeholders, government agencies, and community organizations to enhance public safety initiatives;
  • Monitor and evaluate department performance, identify areas for improvement, and implement corrective actions as needed;
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards within the law enforcement agency;
  • Represent the agency at public events, meetings, and hearings to communicate critical messages and foster positive community relations;
  • Stay informed about emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in law enforcement to drive innovation and continuous improvement;
  • Handle sensitive and critical situations with professionalism, integrity, and confidentiality; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Administration, or related field of study

Experience: Ten (10) years of professional experience in law enforcement, with a minimum of five (5) 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 judgement 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.
  • Familiarity with budgeting, resource allocation and strategic planning processes.  


  1. This position is only open to those who have successfully graduated from a recognized police training academy or equivalent law enforcement training. Proof of said education/training is required.
  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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