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Recruitment #24-005476-0013


Natural Resource Program Manager I

**REPOST- previous applicants need not reapply**




Albert Powell Hatchery, 20901 Fish Hatchery Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (Department), Freshwater Fisheries and Hatcheries Division is currently accepting applications for a Program Manager I position. This position directs all aspects of the Coldwater Production Program for the Department’s Fishing and Boating Services unit. The position is responsible for production management, facility maintenance and operations, staff management, hatchery discharge and appropriation permits, chemical usage compliance, employee safety and health programs, fish health and biosecurity, capital improvement project management, develop monthly reports, and annual budget and administrative responsibilities for Maryland’s coldwater fish production facilities. This includes oversight of the Albert Powell Hatchery, Cushwa Hatchery, Mettiki Hatchery and Bear Creek Hatchery.


Education:  A Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, 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.

Experience:  Six years of experience in professional work at a cold water aquaculture facility; including a minimum of two years of experience as a supervisor, managing a cold water aquaculture facility.

1. Additional graduate level education in aquaculture or fisheries management from an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year to year basis for the required general experience.


Two years supervisory experience working in a cold water aquaculture facility or hatchery. 


The preferred applicant will demonstrate at least two years of professional experience directing, managing, or engineering coldwater aquaculture facilities or hatcheries.  This entails knowledge of facility production capabilities, fish culture techniques, production strategies, fish health/biosecurity, database management, water quality monitoring, and transportation of live fish.

Selection Plan


Persons in this position may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate 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 minimum 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 before the announcement deadline or if you have general inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Alexandra Gast 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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