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Conservation Easement Planner

Recruitment #21-002309-0005


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Environmental Trust. 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.




100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032, Anne Arundel County


Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) accepts conservation easements to protect Maryland’s most treasured landscapes and natural resources. Currently MET holds more than 1,100 conservation easements on over 136,000 acres of significant environmental, scenic, agricultural, historic and cultural land in Maryland.

MET located in Crownsville, Maryland is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resource Planner III to serve as a Conservation Easement Planner. The primary purpose of the Conservation Easement Planner position is to actively conserve land by conducting outreach, soliciting, negotiating, drafting and completing conservation easement acquisitions. Duties involve conservation planning; assessing/evaluating conservation attributes of land; preparing baseline documentation; corresponding and working with landowners, local land trusts, conservation not-for-profit organizations, County staff, the Office of the Attorney General and staff of other state agencies to complete conservation easement acquisitions.

This position assists MET’s Stewardship Program with the monitoring and stewardship of the portfolio of conservation easements. The position will represent MET regionally and statewide through presentations, conferences, seminars and meetings and will collaborate with other State land conservation programs such as Rural Legacy, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Forest Legacy and Program Open Space.

The position may be assigned to work in one or more regions of the State.

Please note, this position requires field work which could result in exposure to hot and cold weather, rain, snow, biting insects, poison ivy and sun exposure.


Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Three years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.


1. Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological sciences and one year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science may be substituted for the required education.

2. Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, biological, chemical or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

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


Applicants must meet the minimum and selective qualifications to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

1. One year of experience working with Geographic Information System applications such as ArcGIS.  

2. One year of experience managing natural resource projects or land conservation/preservation projects.


Experience working with landowners interested in permanently conserving their property.

Experience drafting and negotiating permanent land conservation easements.

Knowledge/experience with state or federal land preservation programs and tools related to land acquisition and conservation.


Please make sure that 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.

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.