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Recruitment #21-002293-0002


Seasonal Contractual; Full-time (40 hours/per week)

Contract Period: March 2021 - June 2021 (starting and ending dates may vary)




These positions are located throughout Maryland.


These positions may assist with monitoring and reporting on stream sampling efforts as part of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) and participate in other field studies as assigned. The selected candidates may assist with the collection of water quality data in both tidal and non-tidal rivers of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay, and Maryland’s Coastal Bays. Primary duties include measuring stream and storm flow, sampling for fish and benthic macroinvertebrates, tracking and compiling monitoring data, assisting with the preparation of interpretive reports, and data entry. Sampling may be conducted from boats, bridges, piers, and within streams. Duties may also include conducting angler creel surveys, processing and identification of benthic macroinvertebrate samples, maintaining and calibrating water quality sampling equipment, preparation of sampling/laboratory supplies, developing and producing maps and other graphics for use by management related to MANTA stream monitoring programs, conducting data verification and analysis, delivery of samples to the laboratory, and other duties as assigned.

Candidates must be willing to work long and flexible hours, including on-call duty for storm sampling on weekends. Candidates must be comfortable working aboard boats, from bridges and in streams under various weather conditions. These positions may require carrying heavy equipment over rough and uneven terrain; candidates must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Employees will likely encounter hot weather, biting insects, long hikes, briars, and snakes. Incumbents must provide their own transportation to meet a field crew prior to traveling to sites. These positions could require being available for weekend storm sampling.


Education: Completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 credit hours must be in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: None.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience 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 education.


• Experience or training in sampling protocols and accurate data recording, especially related to stream biological sampling techniques.
• Experience or training in the use of Microsoft Access, Excel and Word.
• Experience utilizing water quality instrumentation.
• Experience or training in the use of ArcGIS, R, or other spatial or statistical software.
• Knowledge of benthic macroinvertebrates.
• Angling experience or experience interviewing anglers.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


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

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Maryland Relay As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. 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.

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