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Recruitment #18-001001-0001


This is a position specific recruitment for the Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating 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.




Stevensville, Maryland (Queen Anne's County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Service - Estuarine and Marine Fisheries Division - Chesapeake Finfish Program, is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist IV to be stationed in Stevensville, Maryland. The incumbent will be responsible for the execution of technical surveys designed to monitor environmental and harvest effects on shad and river herring species in Maryland tidal waters. The incumbent will participate in Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) activities involving shad and river herring and participate in Susquehanna River Anadromous Fish Restoration Commission activities involving the target species. The position will supervise survey staff and participate in data collection, data compilation and biological sample processing, and will be responsible for analyzing data and writing technical reports pertaining to shad and river herring species in Maryland, including compliance reports to ASMFC. The selected candidate will also serve as Maryland's representative to the ASMFC Red Drum Technical Committee. The incumbent will advise senior staff on population trends and management strategies for shad and herring species, both within Maryland and for the entire Atlantic coast stock.


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.

Experience: Four (III), five (IV), six (V) years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management.


1. Additional professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credits for one year of the required experience for up to two years of the required experience.

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


Applicants must meet the minimum and selective qualifications to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Two years of the required experience must be in the field of fisheries management, fisheries population monitoring, fisheries policy/regulations or fisheries research.


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualifications; please include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualifications.

1. Education and experience directly related to fisheries management, fish stock assessment and conducting fisheries field surveys.

2. Experience working with any of the target species American shad, hickory shad, alewife herring and blue back herring.

3. Experience writing scientific technical reports.

4. Experience creating and/or managing data sets.


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

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 prior to hire.

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 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.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. Please do not submit unsolicited documentation (resumes, cover letters, etc.). 

You will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire.



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 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 Crystal Wilson at  

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged 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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