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Easement Stewardship Planner

Recruitment #20-002309-0001


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Environmental Trust. 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.




100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Environmental Trust (“MET”) accepts conservation easements to protect Maryland’s most treasured landscapes and natural resources. Currently MET holds more than 1,100 conservation easements on over 136,000 acres of significant environmental, scenic, agricultural, historic and cultural land in Maryland.

MET is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resource Planner III to serve as an Easement Stewardship Planner. The primary purpose of the Easement Stewardship Planner position is to actively steward MET’s portfolio of conserved land by responding to easement landowner inquiries and requests; land records and title research; monitoring conservation easements; and completing amendments to conservation easements. Duties involve conservation planning; assessing/evaluating conservation attributes of land; preparing baseline documentation and current conditions reports; corresponding and working with landowners, local land trusts, not-for-profit conservation organizations, local government staff, the Office of the Attorney General and staff of other State agencies to resolve conservation easement stewardship issues and projects. This position may also assist MET’s Easement Program staff with the processing of new conservation easements. The position will represent MET regionally and statewide through presentations, conferences, seminars and meetings and will collaborate with other State land conservation programs such as Rural Legacy, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Forest Legacy and Program Open Space.

The position may be assigned to work in one or more regions of the State.

Please note, this position requires field work which could result in exposure to hot, cold and inclement weather, biting insects, poisonous plants and sun exposure.


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


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 sciences and one year of experience in natural resources 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, biological, chemical or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. 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.  


One year of above experience in managing natural resource projects or land conservation/preservation projects or resolving land use or natural resource management issues is required.


Employment that involved interacting with the public (especially landowners) and legal, real estate (including appraisers and surveyors) and/or planning professionals.

Experience negotiating, drafting and/or processing permanent land conservation agreements (easements or amendments) or land acquisitions.

Experience in performing conservation easement monitoring or other compliance inspections, documenting and reporting findings.

Knowledge of county, state or federal land preservation programs.

Experience working with ArcGIS or other Geographic Information System applications.

Proficiency using SDAT Real Property Search, MDLANDREC and PLATS.NET for document research, management and presentation.

Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro.


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 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.