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Recruitment #20-002293-0013


Seasonal Contractual 

3 vacancies; full-time 

Contract Period(s): One position  (6 month contract)  April 1, 2020 - September 29, 2020 
                               Two positions (2 month contract) April 1, 2020 - June 10, 2020




Brandywine, MD (Prince George’s County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Fisheries Service is accepting applications for three seasonal/contractual Natural Resources Technician I positions. These positions will support the Fish Health and Hatcheries program. The assigned work location for these positions will be the Joseph Manning Fish Hatchery in Brandywine, MD. Occasional overtime and weekend work may be required.

The (6-month) position will participate in a restoration efforts conducted by DNR’s Inland Fisheries Program. Primary duties will be to support all aspects of hatchery operations which are listed below but not limited to the following:

Job responsibilities will include:
• Pond water quality monitoring
• Juvenile fish recruitment/inventory/stocking
• Pond, building, equipment and vehicle maintenance
• Grass cutting, weed eating, general grounds maintenance and trash removal
• Providing hatchery personnel with assistance and other duties as assigned

The two (2-month) positions will assist in the Maryland DNR’s Fish Health and Hatcheries Anadromous Restoration program American shad gill netting project. Work hours are dependent on tide; generally an eight-hour day is worked between 3:00p.m. to 12:00a.m. Work will take place Sunday through Friday. Applicants will assist gill netting on the Potomac River. These positions are a great way to gain fisheries fieldwork experience.

Job responsibilities will include:
• Maintenance and the deployment of gill nets from a boat
• Removing American shad and other fish species from gill nets
• Aid in the strip spawning of American shad
• Assisting in data collection
• Data entry
• Sample preparation


Education: Completion of sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 of which are in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: None.


1. Additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience 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 education.   


Preference will be given to applicants with prior fisheries experience, using sampling equipment (trawl, seines, etc), and laboratory experience with microscopes.


Persons appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate 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.


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 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.