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NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNER IV

Coastal Climate Coordinator

Recruitment #19-002502-0003

Introduction

This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal 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.

GRADE

18

LOCATION OF POSITION

Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Office of Restoration and Resilience in Annapolis, MD is currently accepting applications for Natural Resources Planner IV/Coastal Climate Coordinator. The unit is seeking a creative, thoughtful and adaptable person who thrives in a dynamic, yet nurturing environment. The Coastal Climate Coordinator will advance the goals of the state by providing coordination, planning and oversight for statewide, inter-departmental climate workgroups focused on reducing the risk of state investments to climate impacts and overall climate adaptation.

This position will provide coordination with sister agencies, local and federal government agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations to implement the objectives of both the Coast Smart Council (CSC) and Maryland Commission on Climate Change's Adaptation Response Working Group (ARWG). Specific tasks and skills related to this role include:

• Representing the Department/Chesapeake and Coastal Service on committees, boards, community of practices and other related activities that will advance local planning and resilience efforts.
• Providing staffing assistance to the Department Secretary for the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and its Adaptation and Resiliency Working Group. This will include participating in all Commission meetings and assisting in the coordination and priority-setting of the Adaptation and Resiliency Working Group; including periodic presentations, leading meetings and workshops, and participating on issue-specific work groups.
• Providing staffing assistance to the Department Secretary for the Coast Smart Council. This will include planning, scheduling, and agenda setting for Council meetings; briefing the Secretary on issues, meeting content, and progress on Council actions.
• Preparing meeting records (agendas, presentation, and minutes) and ensuring information is accurately captured and made available via the Council web page and the Commission web page.
• Planning, designing, preparing and editing documents that support the Council’s mission such as the Coast Smart Construction Program, the Council’s annual report, applicant forms, emails, web content, and presentations.
• Working with attorney general, Board of Public Works, and sister agencies to ensure statute and program documents are being interpreted and implemented correctly and in congruence with existing policies and procedures. Make recommendations to Council members for any corrections or adjustments as needed.
• Strong written and verbal communications skills.

The candidate will be a key staff person for the Chesapeake and Coastal Service and will need to excel in a dynamic and diverse environment. Candidates applying for this position should be prepared, at times, to work evenings and off hours in order to attend meetings and perform other duties required of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Five years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.

Notes:

1. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological, environmental sciences and one year of experience in natural resource planning or applied environmental science may be substituted for the required education.

2. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Possession of a Doctorate Degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for the required experience.

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

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates not using substitution #3 or #4 noted above, must have the following:  

• Two years experience coordinating committees/workgroups including organization, agenda setting and facilitation.  

• Two years experience working in the area of climate science and/or climate issues affecting the Mid-Atlantic region.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Good working knowledge of Maryland's Climate Action Plan and related policies and programs.

Experience managing groups with multiple partners, perspectives or priorities.

Experience interpreting science-based research, technical documents, or policy and law to a broad audience for the purpose of increasing understanding to promote better collaboration.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

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.

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

EXAMINATION PROCESS

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 related to this position completely and accurately. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered; please include it on your application, if applicable.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson at crystal.wilson1@maryland.gov  

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.