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Recruitment #21-001052-0002


Candidates who have previously applied for this position, do not need to reapply. 



Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to conduct geologic investigations of Maryland’s tidewater, freshwater and bedrock resources.  Particular emphasis is on collection, laboratory analysis, and interpretation of hydrographic and geophysical data for understanding processes that govern the behavior of Maryland’s earth resources in their natural state and the influence of human activity on these resources.  This position supports the agency mission by field data collection, laboratory analyses, and data management. The employee also conducts semi-independent research projects on topics dealing with coastal geology and nearshore processes as outlined by the Principal Geologist supervisor.  The employee may lead summer students and interns in accomplishing the objectives of the project and assists supervision of long term contractual position.


The Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Geological Survey located in Baltimore City’s Old Goucher District, is currently accepting applications for a Geologist III. Primary duties of this position include field mapping projects in Maryland’s bays, lakes, rivers and ocean including hydrographic, geophysical and GPS surveys; geologic sample analysis in the laboratory including grain size, bulk properties and chemical analyses; compilation and interpretation of field and laboratory data; and production of reports and GIS data derived from these studies.  A portion of work time will be spent in the field, both on a variety of water vessels and on land.  These duties require an advanced working knowledge of:  piloting small vessels and boats, GPS systems operations, use of sampling gear; remote acoustic sensing systems including side scan sonar, seismic profilers, coring and sampling equipment, hydrographic software and GIS software

Additionally, this position requires experience in data collection and sampling in aquatic and oceanic environments, sedimentologic analysis and GIS data reduction. The successful candidate will also have proven skills in report writing and digital cartography, which are required for the publication of final products.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Geology, Environmental Geology or a related earth science.

Experience: Three years of experience performing professional geological work.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Geology, Environmental Geology or a related earth science for one year of the required experience.

2.  Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in physical science classification or physical science specialty codes in the geology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


Two years of experience in coastal geology and marine remote sensing data collection and processing.

Three years of experience in GIS software or a GIS certificate.

Three years of experience in geologic/sediment sample analysis

One year of experience working on and operating small vessels


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.


1. Employees in this classification may be required to walk over rough or unstable terrain or over long distances while wearing personal protective equipment.

2. Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in on a twenty-four hour basis and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.


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 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

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson at

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.

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