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Park Services Associate Lead

Statewide Recruitment

Recruitment #21-002161-0001


This is an agency specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park 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.




Statewide. Please indicate on your application all counties where you are willing to accept employment.

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Park Service, is currently accepting applications for Park Services Associate Lead positions, that serve as the Lead Park Services Associate for an operational area of a State Park and will perform front-line operational duties of day use areas and facilities, which entails administrative duties and providing information and educating the public on resource management, visitor compliance with DNR and park regulations and policies, and monitoring visitor impact to ensure protection of resources, grounds and park facilities. In addition, the selected candidates will provide assistance to visitors in support of the management of natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources. The candidates will be responsible for directing full-time personnel, and hiring, scheduling and leading the efforts of seasonal employees and volunteers. Weekend and holiday work will be required.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of park operations, recreation, education, business administration, forestry, social sciences, history or a natural resources or history related field.

Experience: Three years of experience in forest or park management, recreation, or natural resources management, or preparing, developing or delivering programs that interpret natural, historical, cultural or recreational features.

Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of park management, recreation, education, business administration, forestry, social sciences, history or a natural resources related field for one year of the required experience.

 2. Candidates may substitute experience in park management, recreation or a natural or cultural resources related field on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in management and program clerical and assistance classification or management and program clerical and assistance specialty codes in the general, administrative, clerical, and office services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


§  Three years of professional field-level experience working in a park setting

§  Two years of professional experience in training and leading a team in the performance of their duties

§  Experiencing in leading and organizing volunteers

§  Excellent communications skills (verbal and written)

§  Experience in developing and presenting natural resource and/or cultural and historic programs

§  Experience performing grounds, building and infrastructure upkeep

§  Experience working with community and government agency partners to provide public safety, resource protection and coordination

§  Certifications and/or training pertaining to park operations: Emergency Medical Responder or First Aid or CPR; Search and Rescue; Natural, cultural or historic programming, presentations, Scales and Tales, or interpretive training; Personnel Leadership Training


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that 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.


Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a phone 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.


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 or 410-767-4850.


Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Chris Langley 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.