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Regional Forestry Manager - Southern Region

Recruitment #22-005477-0031


**This recruitment is limited to current permanent and contractual employees of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Forest Service**




Joseph D. Carter Building, 23110 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (St. Mary's County) 

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for the overall daily operations and administration of the Southern Region State Forests, including Cedarville, Doncaster (includes Tayloes Neck and Benny Gray properties), St, Inigoes, and Salem, approximately 8,250 acres of DNR State Forests. The position is also responsible for oversight and maintenance of two State Fire Tower sites, four Project County Forestry Offices, and the Cedarville Fire Shop Complex. In addition to oversight of the Southern Region State Forest system the position is responsible for the operations, supervision, and administration of all private woodlands service programs, emergency response to wildfires on both public and private land, and emergency response to all incidents on the State Forest system, and regulatory functions of the Forest Service, including Forest Resource Management Program, Critical Areas Program, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Forest Resource Protection Program, Information and Education Program, Urban and Community Forestry Program and forestry investigation assistance and expert testimony provided to Natural Resources Police (NRP) for forestry law enforcement activities. The position serves on the State Forester’s staff as a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the Forest Service and is responsible for ensuring proper allocation and use of Maryland Forest Service resources such as personnel, equipment, and funding. The position develops strategies to address issues and opportunities to improve and enhance forestry programs and maximize revenues generated from forestry services provided to the public. The position represents the agency as a liaison with local governments, federal conservation agencies, forest industry, and other conservation organizations. In addition, the position is responsible for the statewide administration of the Forest Harvest Best Management Practices (BMP) Inspection Program, Training, and Database. These forestry programs directly support the Departmental goal of conserving the natural resources of Maryland and protecting the Chesapeake Bay.


Education: A Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from a school of forestry accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Experience: Five years of professional forestry experience involving forest or park management, wildlife biology, forest recreation planning, forest engineering, urban and community forestry, timber harvest and marketing, forest planning or forest protection. Three years of this experience must include supervision of employees engaged in related forestry activities. 

1. Applicants may substitute a Master of Science degree approved by the State Board of Foresters for one year of the required non-supervisory experience. 

2. The education requirement is pursuant to the Business Occupations and Professions Article, Sections 7-206 and 7-304 of the Annotated Code. 

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


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which 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.


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.


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 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

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Emilee Knott 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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