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NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNER IV

Forest Resource Planning Forester

Recruitment #21-002502-0001

Introduction

This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest 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

18

LOCATION OF POSITION

Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Forest Resource Planner is the primary technical forestry and geospatial database (GIS) expert responsible for leading the comprehensive forest planning process on 200,000 acres of state forest lands. These plans provide the long-term guidance for the management of the state forest lands and are a critical element of the state forest certification process. This position also provides leadership in developing and creating statewide forest assessment data as mandated in the 2008 Farm Bill. It also provides essential planning and technical support to all the major program areas of the Unit, including Forest Stewardship, Urban and Community Forestry, Watershed Management, and Fire and Resource Protection. The position also serves to assist in implementing the State Timber Operations Order governing all forest harvests on DNR owned and managed lands, coordinates technical facets of the public participation process for state forest management annual work plans, and serves as a liaison with internal and external stakeholders on key planning, policy, and management issues. This position is responsible for representing the Forest Service at the GIS Council, completing those projects as required for the GIS Council and providing GIS/GIT support to Forest Service personnel. Position requires highly specialized knowledge of GIS software (ArcGIS 10.x and above) and ability to integrate this information into the statewide data management system.

The employee may be required to travel throughout the state and regionally for project and committee work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

Notes:

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, environmental sciences and one year of experience in natural resource 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Possession of a doctorate 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for the required experience.

4. 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.  

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Experience in using ArcGIS ArcMap software
• Experience in forest management or natural resources management
• Experience working with federal, state and local partner agencies
• Basic knowledge of Federal programs including Forest Resource Planning, Forest Inventory & Analysis

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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.   

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 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.

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 410-767-4850 or 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.