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Furbearer Biologist

Recruitment #19-003121-0003


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage 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.




The incumbent will be based at the Western Region Wildlife & Heritage Service office at Rocky Gap State Park in Allegany County.

Main Purpose of Job

This position will serve as the statewide Furbearer Biologist. The position will organize and conduct various surveys designed to monitor game mammal populations (e.g. furbearers, squirrel, rabbit, etc.). The employee will also respond to and resolve human-wildlife conflicts and emergencies both during normal business hours and after-hours when needed. Additional responsibilities include writing news releases and popular articles regarding game mammal research and management issues and presenting research results to the public in a variety of formats (e.g. public meetings, presentations to local governments, citizens' groups, etc.).

As the lead biologist on furbearers and furbearer management, this position will monitor trends and characteristics of Maryland's 14 furbearer species. Characteristics to be monitored include but are not limited to population densities, disease and harvest levels. The incumbent will implement research projects and statewide management strategies that address fundamental questions and Departmental objectives.

Responsibilities will involve the use of firearms and immobilization equipment, wildlife emergency resolution, heavy lifting, use of heavy equipment, ATVs, trapping equipment, exposure to difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions. The incumbent will also be required to ensure timely survey completion and report submission.


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 from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two 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.

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.   


Experience trapping wildlife
Experience handling firearms
Experience conducting wildlife surveys


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

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.


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.



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.