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Interpretation and Naturalist Assistant

Recruitment #22-002292-0004


Interpretation and Naturalist Assistant
Maryland Park Service - Seasonal Contractual
One (1) vacancy


HRLY 0008


Maryland Park Service – Headquarters
580 Taylor Ave. Annapolis MD 21401

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service Headquarters located in Annapolis, MD, is currently accepting applications for one (1) Seasonal Contractual Interpretation and Naturalist Assistant.  This 10-month position provides direct support to the Chief of Interpretation. The selected candidate will provide assistance with ongoing and new MPS interpretive programs including Park Quest, Create Your Own State Park, Junior Rangers, Scales & Tales and Es Mi Parque. Primary duties will include development and organization of curriculum, and activities or displays for programming and outreach. Duties may also include producing newsletters, advertising, and social media; with some graphic design and website development. Additional duties will include assisting with exhibit development, topic research and coordinating internal and external communication on interpretive programs and special events. This position will primarily work in the Annapolis area- MPS Headquarters Office, but will be heavily involved with state-wide programs and initiatives for the Maryland Park Service and may require occasional travel throughout the state of Maryland. 


Education: A minimum of 60 credit hours of college level education in a natural resource-related field, recreation and parks, public relations or education.

Experience: One year of experience or equivalent in park or natural resources-related work, interpretive programming, public outreach and/or environmental education is required for this position.


  • Strong graphic design skills with demonstrated proficiency in utilizing programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher, Canva, and Adobe InDesign to create flyers, brochures, presentations or website content to inform and attract attention to programs or events.
  • Strong writing and research compilation skills
  • Ability to perform routine research and prepare summary and a recommendation with a minimum of direct supervision;
  • Excellent organizational skills including data management using spreadsheets (e.g., tracking program attendance) and information management on shared Google drives.
  • Preference for any of the following or similar, related certifications: NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, Maryland Environmental Education Certification and/or Master Naturalist or Master Gardener Certification.
  • Four-year degree in a natural resource-related field, recreation and parks, public relations or education.


Persons appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties that require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operators license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Relevant college courses should be listed on the application. 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, 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 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 Christopher 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.

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
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