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Associate Director of Statewide Programs

Recruitment #24-005479-0016


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




580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401

Main Purpose of Job

The position directs and coordinates all activities of MD Forest Service statewide forest resource programs, including Fire, Urban & Community Forestry, Stewardship, Utilization, Forest Health, Watershed, Forest Legacy and other conservation programs, coordinating closely with Regional Operations and Policy & Planning. It establishes overall policies and procedures for the programs, oversees implementation and approves revisions; it establishes and evaluates short and long-range program goals, standards and controls, overseeing grant applications, Federal Fund budget, grant-sourced Special and Reimbursable Fund budgets, billing, and grant administration. It oversees and manages the personnel, determining structure, staffing needs, training of program staff and subordinate supervisors. It manages MFS representation with state forestry associations in the program areas, and promotes the program through contacts with interested groups and the general public.


Education: Associate’s degree or higher in a natural resources or public administration/policy field.

Experience: Ten years of experience performing natural resources management in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, natural resources management, with at least two years in a supervisory position.

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


  • Training and/or experience in forest or natural resource management and land conservation.
  • Training and/or experience in working in grant administration, implementation, and billing.
  • Training and/or experience with geographic information systems.
  • Training and/or experience in working with teams and broad partnerships. 
  • Training and/or experience in working with resource-based industries such as wood or agricultural products and or urban forestry.


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.



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. 

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.

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 Adriana Parravano at

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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