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Community-Based Restoration Project Manager

Recruitment #20-003122-0001


Long-Term Contractual

One (1) vacancy; full-time 

Contract Period: One year with the possibility of renewal




Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Chesapeake and Coastal Service’s Center for Habitat Restoration and Conservation in Annapolis, is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Manager II.

This is primarily a field position involving the implementation of restoration and resiliency projects for the Habitat Restoration and Conservation Center, in the Chesapeake and Coastal Service of MD DNR. The main objective of the Habitat Restoration and Conservation Center is to increase implementation of ecological restoration in Maryland through the construction of projects that reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to the Bays; as well as enhance, create and/or restore terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

As a Natural Resources Manager, the employee will coordinate technical survey crews, develop planting plans, monitor project sites, conduct topographic surveys, conduct wetland and forest stand delineations, and assess project sites for appropriate Best Management Practices. The employee prepares and maintains a budget related to the planning and completion of restoration projects as assigned and may be asked to develop and manage implementation grants awarded to restoration partners. The NR Manager will also work with contractors and local government and non-profit partners across the state to provide technical assistance and management of restoration projects. This position serves as a regional ecological restoration coordinator and expected to be proficient in the areas of environmental impact, natural communities, and restoration.

The employee in this class receives general direction from a supervisor based in the Tawes Office Complex in Annapolis, MD. The position will require a significant level of independent work which will be self-directed.

• Serves as an ecological restoration coordinator responsible for implementing and leading restoration practices and projects via the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Trust Fund administrated by the MD DNR;
• Serves as a technical assistance lead for government and non-government entities;
• Serves as planning and maintenance coordinator for DNR lands and other state open spaces;
• Represents the Chesapeake and Coastal Service at public information meetings, local conferences and technical meetings to convey information about Chesapeake and Coastal Service programs and policies;
• Actively promotes responsible and healthy land management, native habitats and public use;
• Negotiates necessary contracts for surveys, personal services, studies, etc., for assigned activity;
• Conducts field surveys appropriate to and in accordance with the objectives of assigned activities;
• Maintains awareness of new developments and incorporates such research findings into the assigned activity;
• Performs other related duties.

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.

• This position involves outside work approximately 50-75% of time, year-round in all weather conditions.
• Work involves frequent fieldwork with exposure to ticks, chiggers and poison ivy while conducting restoration projects.
• Work involves the use of control pesticides and herbicides and the worker should be a licensed applicator or apply to be certified to use these products under DNR licenses applicator.
• Work involves lifting and carrying canoes, kayaks, heavy equipment and supplies such as trees, tree tubes and planting materials.


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. 


1. Ability to complete physical work under harsh and adverse environmental conditions at least 50% of the work week (including but limited to high heat and humidity, cold, biting insects, poison ivy, etc.).

2. At least one of the following experiences demonstrating knowledge and background of estuarine habitats and ecology, may include: (1) previous job(s) held where estuarine ecology and habitat work was conducted; (2) credentials or certifications obtained related to biological science or field work.


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 Crystal Wilson at

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates 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.

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