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Inland and Coastal Education Coordinator

Recruitment #19-002247-0068


Long Term Contractual

One vacancy; full-time

Contract Period: One year with the possibility of renewal




Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Center for Conservation Education and Stewardship (CES) Aquatic Resources Education Program (AREP), is currently accepting applications for an Inland and Coastal Education Coordinator. Duties include: (1) Write lesson plans on a variety of science topics that address aquatic natural resources issues in Maryland including, but not limited to: water quality, sea level rise, micro plastics and other pollution, flooding, and human impacts on aquatic resources; (2) Conduct professional development workshops for educators statewide to support freshwater, Chesapeake and coastal priorities of the Department. These may include topics such as water quality, aquatic species, streams, wetlands, climate change and stewardship activities, through a variety of current education programs; (3) Teach fishing programs to children ages 8-15 including basic fishing skills, knot tying, casting, catch and release, fish identification, angler ethics, environmental responsibility and fishing regulations -- through conducting half-day or full day programs held at a variety of locations around the state; (4) Fishing program organization, such as preparing materials and maintaining equipment, advertising and scheduling, and collecting and maintaining data on program participation; (5) Work with schools, public and non-public, to establish after school fishing clubs; (6) Work with statewide library systems to establish fishing tackle loaner programs; (7) Assist with other aquatic resources education program activities , including teacher training, developing resource materials, and helping schools as needed with hands-on outdoor investigations ; and (8) Contribute as a member of the education team on additional education activities as assigned.

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.


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

Experience: Three years of 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 qualifications 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 non-formal settings, in particular working with advanced science lessons conducted with students outdoors.


High preference will be given to candidates with a background and direct experience in the following:
● Knowledge of and experience fishing.
● Experience teaching both children and adults to fish.
● Strong familiarity with and experience in aquatic ecology and climate change effects in various natural habitats, and teaching this to 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. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.

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.


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 works an average of at least 12 hours per week. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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.

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.