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Aquatic Animal Health Program Manager

Recruitment #17-005477-0018


This is a position specific recruitment for the Department of Natural Resources, Fish Health and Hatcheries Program. 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.




Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, Oxford, MD (Talbot County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Fish Health and Hatcheries Program at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, is currently accepting applications for an Aquatic Animal Health Program Manager (Program Manager II). The purpose of this position is to lead all aquatic animal health initiatives for the unit. This includes responsibility to develop and implement fish health policy in collaboration with unit leadership. Position oversees fish and shellfish health issues for imports and in-state movements in collaboration with other unit staff. Position directs projects for wild fish health research and monitoring, shellfish health and disease research and monitoring, and the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Aquatic Animal Health Lab, which provides services such as pathology, bacteriology, virology, histology, parasitology, in situ hybridization, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Position oversees unit needs for histopathology, microbiology, immunoassay, and in situ hybridization assays and functions as the unit fish health specialist. Position will develop protocols and lab capabilities to serve all fish health needs at unit fish culture facilities, including diagnostics, annual facility inspections and fish health certifications. Position is a certified aquatic animal health inspector and aquatic animal pathologist. Summary survey and research results provided by this position inform department resource managers about the health status of economically and ecologically important fishery resources. Incumbent prepares detailed research plans and funding proposals for independent research and collaborative Maryland Department of Natural Resources surveys, and prepares technical reports and manuscripts documenting results of those investigations. Position develops and manages all administrative aspects of the Aquatic Animal Health Program, including budgets, hiring, procurement, lab safety, and staff supervision.           


For education obtained outside of the United States (U.S.), you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. If you possess a degree obtained outside of the U.S., please submit a detailed, course-by-course evaluation report from one of the U.S. equivalency evaluating members identified at with the application.

Education:  An undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in biology, biochemistry, animal pathology, veterinary sciences, aquaculture, fish health, marine biology, microbiology, ichthyology, fisheries science, zoology or another aquatic animal health related field of study.                             

Experience:  Six years employment in the field of aquatic animal health.  

Note:  Additional graduate level education in aquatic animal health sciences or a directly related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted on a year for year basis for up to two years of the required experience.


A minimum of two years of the above experience must be in a management role, including supervising or leading employees through projects or specific initiatives, budget management, and procurement oversight.


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following.  Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualification(s).

• Accreditation by the American Fisheries Society (AFS) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as a certified aquatic animal health inspector.  

• Experience in development, implementation, or direct oversight of a fish or shellfish management and import policy.


Please make sure that 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 with the exception of a foreign degree evaluation (if applicable). Your application may be approved pending receipt of the evaluation.

Successful candidates may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


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 that you provide all the experience and education that is related to this position completely and accurately. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered. Please include it on your application, if applicable.

This recruitment does not require any additional materials to be uploaded with the exception of a foreign degree evaluation (if applicable). Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. Please do not submit unsolicited documentation (resumes, transcripts, cover letters, etc.). 

You will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire.



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

The Human Resource Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Specific inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Khia Poteat at

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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.