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Recruitment #15-002106-0001


The Natural Resources Cadet position provides young adults who are not yet eligible to apply to become Natural Resources Police Officers an opportunity to learn and be exposed to all facets of the job as a prospective future Natural Resources Police Officer.





Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Cadet is a provisional level of work for men and women between the ages of 18 and 20 to develop a working knowledge and experience in the various duties and responsibilities performed by Officers of the Natural Resources Police (NRP) and employees of other DNR Units (for which the NRP provides law enforcement support) in preparation for and in anticipation of the Cadet's acceptance and entry into the Natural Resources Police Academy.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.


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.


1. Candidates must be between 17 and 19 years of age to apply for the position, and between 18 and 20 years of age to be hired.

2. Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the individual to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, candidates for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions. The examination may include strength and agility tests.

3. Candidates will be subject to an intensive background investigation, including fingerprint checks. An unsatisfactory reference check or police record may cause removal of the candidate’s name from the eligible list.

4. Candidates must be citizens of the United States and establish residence in the State of Maryland prior to appointment.

5. Candidates must have access to the use of a motor vehicle for official State business when deemed necessary by the agency.

6. Employees in this classification are subject to assignment in any area of State.

7. Employees are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached. Appointees must be available for duty on around-the-clock shifts and in emergencies.

8. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

9. Employees are subject to rotating assignments in any combination of DNR or NRP specific programs such as DNR Communications; Parks; Fisheries; Wildlife Forestry Service; NRP Academy; Headquarters; Investigations; Field Operations; or Maintenance and Supply for a minimum of six months.

10. Upon reaching the age of twenty-one, and having served in the program for a minimum of six months, cadets shall seek appointment to the next available NRP Academy class.To be eligible cadets:

  • must pass refresher background,
  • performance history must be satisfactory,
  • must successfully pass the NRP Functional Fitness Assessment Test (within two months prior to entering academy).

Cadets determined to be ineligible for appointment as an NRP Officer Candidate will be terminated from the Cadet Program.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be scheduled to take a functional fitness assessment test. Those applicants that pass the functional assessment test will be scheduled to take a Pass/Fall written test. Those applicants who pass the written test will continue through the selection process and applicants will be subject to a comprehensive background investigation which will include:

  • written exam
  • polygraph
  • drug screening
  • oral interview
  • medical and psychological examinations

Applicants will be placed on an eligibility list for at least one year based on a comprehensive review of all elements of the process by a Police Section Committee. Applicants who meet the qualifications are most likely to meet the challenges of a career as a Natural Resources Police Officer and will be ranked in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified.



Online application is STRONGLY preferred. If online access is unavailable, you may submit a paper application to:

Department of Natural Resources Human Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, C-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. The Human Resource Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.

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.