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Recruitment #22-000530-0001


This is a position specific, contractual recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services Unit. 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.  The contract will be good for one year with the possibility of renewal.




303 Marine Academy Dr. Stevensville, MD 21666 (Queen Anne County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services located at 303 Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville MD 21666 is currently accepting applications for a Hydrographic Engineering Associate III. This position is a sub-professional technical work at the experienced level in the field of surveying. It works with survey team using surveying equipment and is responsible for the accurate placement of regulatory and navigation buoys on small vessels, and as a crew member aboard a large vessel. This position supervises the structural/cosmetic repairs/upgrades and is responsible for commanding small vessels involved in buoy operations. The program is vital to a variety of state regulatory, research and restoration programs within Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate including at least four courses in mathematics and/or science.

Experience: Two years of experience performing intermediate level Hydrographic Engineering Associate work in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


Experience: Five years of experience involving any combination of hydrography, engineering, surveying, or construction inspection work including one year of experience in hydrographic engineering associated activities.


1. Candidates may substitute credit hours in the field of engineering, geology, physics, oceanography, mathematics (excluding basic, required courses) from an accredited college or university at the rate of 15 credit hours for one year, for up to a maximum of two years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Civil Engineering classifications or Civil Engineering or Quarrying Specialist specialty codes in the hydrographic engineering field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


  • Experience using vessels equipped with hydraulic cranes and hand operated wenches.
  • Knowledge of setting and retrieving regulatory buoys to mark zones.
  • Experience in the safe operation of hand and power tools.
  • Experience in steel hull vessel maintenance. 
  • Capable of operating and maintaining a state vessel, vehicle and trailer in order to assure a safe and ready response in accordance with Departmental policies.




Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the individual to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, applicants for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions of this position. 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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits 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 contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. 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.

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 call 410-767-4850.

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Laurita Lesperance 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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