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Education Specialist

Recruitment #18-002247-0003


Long Term Contractual

One (1) vacancy; full-time

Contract Period: One (1) year with the possibility of renewal




Maryland Department of Natural Resources Headquarters, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship (CES), is currently accepting applications for a Conservation Education Specialist. The overall purpose of this position is to provide administrative, scientific and technical support to CES, in the context of developing, managing, and conducting science education programs and materials. The incumbent will conduct and expand environmental education programs for the Department that involve outdoor science investigations, including primarily the Explore and Restore Maryland Streams program working with K-12 schools on stream study and student action projects; programs engaging teachers and students in studying impacts of climate change on a variety of Maryland natural resources; programs related to wetlands and other coastal environments through the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Maryland component sites; and other DNR education activities. This work will require developing instructional materials based on the real science, research and restoration work of DNR and other state and Federal agencies and aligned to current academic standards and teaching practices; delivering the materials to educators through professional development workshops; field testing materials with students; collaborating with partners outside of DNR; and managing comprehensive educational programs. The work will also include assisting with budget and grant management as well as outreach and communication with program participants and partners.

The position is housed within the Chesapeake and Coastal Service Unit and requires working closely with staff from other divisions within the unit and throughout DNR, as well as with outside partners. This collaborative work is key to developing education programs that are scientifically and technically sound, based on the research and science of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This position works cooperatively with the Maryland State Department of Education, teachers and school system administrators throughout Maryland, county environmental education centers, and environmental educators and science/technical staff from other state, federal, and non-government organizations to develop and administer natural resource education and stewardship programs.


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.

Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: Three years experience in administrative or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience in administrative staff or professional work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.  

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester credit hours for each year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work that included the regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting complex administrative plans, policies, rules or regulations or analysis of operational programs or procedures with recommendations for improvement on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


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

One year of experience teaching school-based (formal) education related to science, environmental science, or similar  academic content areas; OR one year of experience providing environmental education in formal or nonformal settings, in particular working with advanced science lessons conducted with students outdoors is required.


Strong preference will be given to candidates with a background and direct experience in:
• Strong familiarity with and experience in studying stream ecology and climate change effects in various natural habitats, with K-12 students;
• Experience providing teacher training workshops on these and other environmental education topics;
• Knowledge of and experience using Next Generation Science Standards, Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards, and the “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience” framework.


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, and report all experience and education related to this position. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered; please include it on your application, if applicable. 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. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.

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.).

Please complete the attached supplemental questionnaire.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year. 


Online application is STRONGLY preferred. If online access is unavailable, 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

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.  

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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