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Captain and Facility Manager

Recruitment #19-003122-0003


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




Deal Island, MD (Somerset County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Manager II. This is a multifaceted position involved with statewide shellfish (especially oysters) restoration and monitoring activities.


Manages, coordinates, and directs vessel operations for MDNR Shellfish Division projects conducted on the MDNR Research Vessel Miss Kay and smaller vessels. The position serves as captain of the R/V Miss Kay, a 46’ fiberglass over wood, power driven vessel, in the furtherance of restoration and replenishment of Chesapeake Bay (tributaries inclusive) shellfish. The job duties include the budgeting, scheduling, planning, and conducting shellfish surveys and other scientific research and educational tours using a variety of sampling gear and electronic navigation equipment, maintaining and repairing said vessel, and assuring the safety of the vessel, crew, and staff when underway. Instructs staff on proper use of equipment and safety procedures. 

Serves as facility manager at the MDNR Deal Island field stations. Oversees and supervises staff and daily operations at the facility including maintenance, repairs, and managing its budget. Schedules, coordinates and maintains the Tangier regional remote setting operation based at the facility for use by local oyster growers. 

Responsible for managing the State’s Shell Acquisition Project. Duties also include documenting and maintaining records for accurate reporting purposes and payments of all transfers and movement of oyster shell within the various oyster restoration programs.


Education: Possession of a high school diploma or a State high school equivalence certificate.

Experience: Seven years of experience either performing, or supervising workers performing technical natural resources or conservation work.


1. Pertinent volunteer and/or part-time experience is acceptable. Please document the number of hours spent per week in this type of experience on the application form (MS 100).

2. Applicants may substitute vocational or college education in a natural resources discipline for experience at the rate of one year of education for one year of experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a non-commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the biological science technician field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.   


U.S. Coast Guard Master's 100 ton license and have the knowledge and skill to operate, navigate, maintain, and repair a 46 ft. research vessel and manage logistics with safety and efficiency of paramount importance.

Class A commercial driver's license to operate dump vehicles and front-end loaders.

Supervisory skills and experience.

Experience using scientific sampling protocols and use of various shellfish harvesting gear types.

Experience using computer-based navigation programs.

Experience with vessel maintenance and repair.

Experience operating dump trucks and front-end loaders.

Experience with facility management, including building and sea-water system maintenance and repair, vehicle and heavy equipment maintenance, and grounds keeping.

Organizational experience such as documenting and maintaining records, scheduling operations, contracting with and supervising vendors, and fiscal management.

The ideal candidate will possess:

The ability to oversee daily operations including maintenance, repairs, and working within the facility's budget.

Organizational skills to execute prompt payment of facility bills, arranging for contractors for repairs and maintenance, track monthly expenses, and scheduling work assignments of subordinates.

Organizational skills to account for shell transfers and payments to shucking houses and other sources of shell, planning logistics, and meeting scheduling demands of shell sources and customers.


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.


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.



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 Khia Poteat 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.