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Central Regional Forester

Recruitment #19-005476-0020


This is a Management Service position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

This position specific recruitment is limited to current employees of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest 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.




Bel Air, MD (Harford County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Central Regional Forester. The position is assigned to the Bel Air Multi-Service Center office located in Bel Air, Maryland. Position is responsible for overseeing and administering the Field Operations of the Central Region and for oversight of all public lands managed by the Forest Service in the Region, including Elk Neck State Forest, Stoney Demonstration Forest, and the Madonna Ranger Station. Primary duties include directing, planning, organizing, administering, and implementing regional activities in each of the following program areas:  Forest Resource Management Program, Public Lands Management Program, Forest Resource Protection Program, Urban and Community Forestry Program, Watershed Management Program, and regulatory enforcement activities. 


Education: A Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from a school of forestry accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Experience: Five years of professional forestry experience involving forest or park management, wildlife biology, forest recreation planning, forest engineering, urban and community forestry, timber harvest and marketing, forest planning or forest protection. Three years of this experience must include supervision of employees engaged in related forestry activities.


1. Applicants may substitute a Master of Science degree approved by the State Board of Foresters for one year of the required non-supervisory experience.

2. The education requirement is pursuant to the Business Occupations and Professions Article, Sections 7-206 and 7-304 of the Annotated Code.

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


This recruitment is limited to current employees of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service.


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.


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 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  

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.