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NATURAL RESOURCES BIOLOGIST III

Recruitment #21-001000-0003

Introduction

This is an agency specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage 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.

GRADE

16

LOCATION OF POSITION

1) Western Maryland; Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick Counties
2) Primarily Southern Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St Mary’s Counties

Applicants should indicate on their applications all counties where they are willing to accept employment for this classification.

POSITION DUTIES

The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service’s Natural Heritage Program is seeking two (2) Natural Resources Biologist III team members who will assist the Program’s Regional Ecologists with the conservation and management of nongame wildlife with an emphasis on nongame birds and small mammals and their habitats, including rare, threatened and endangered species. Work will occur primarily on Wildlife Management Areas and other state lands, but will include some work on private lands. This work requires familiarity with those species and their habitats, as well as the environmental threats to specific ecosystems and species, in order to determine actions needed to abate the threats and conserve priority species and the natural communities and ecosystems that support them.

1) One position will be based in Western Maryland assisting the Western Region Ecologist. A familiarity and experience with numerous natural areas throughout this region, with the natural communities and wildlife of the region, and with habitat management and restoration techniques will be essential to fulfill this mission.
2) One position will be based in Southern Maryland, assisting the Southern Region Ecologist, and assisting in the central and eastern regions as needed. A familiarity and experience with numerous natural areas throughout this region, with the natural communities and wildlife of the region, and with habitat management and restoration techniques will be essential to fulfill this mission.

The incumbent must work with staff of various government agencies, private conservation organizations, academia, and private landowners to carry out conservation and management actions. A creative, problem-solving approach is often required to resolve the frequent conflicts inherent in managing human interactions with natural ecosystems.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: Four years of experience in performing professional biological work in the field of natural resources management.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute additional professional experience conducting research and analysis in the fields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoology on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study as described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the wildlife biology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

1. At least two years of experience with research, monitoring, or field surveys of non-game wildlife with an emphasis on birds and small mammals native to Maryland and the habitats that support them.
2. Experience developing, reviewing, and implementing management plans or restoration plans for habitats or species of concern; and prescribed burning and herbicide application certification(s).
3. Knowledge of the natural areas, plants, and animals, including rare species, of Maryland.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

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.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application is 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.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson at crystal.wilson1@maryland.gov.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.