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Recruitment #23-000265-0001




Deal Island, Somerset County


The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services in Deal Island, Md., is currently accepting applications for a Chief Marine Engineer. This is a multifaceted position involved with statewide shellfish (especially oysters) restoration and monitoring activities. This is a permanent, classified position.
  • As Chief Marine Engineer, responsible for ensuring that the diesel engine, all vessel systems, running gear, and hull of the Research Vessel Miss Kay, a 46 foot fiberglass over wood power driven vessel, are properly maintained and ready for service, and effect repairs as possible. Operates and maintains a 25 foot trailorable research vessel.
  • Serves as executive officer onboard the R/V Miss Kay during shellfish surveys and other research, monitoring, and education cruises. As needed, serves as backup or relief captain if regular captain is unavailable or incapacitated.
  • Participates in operations associated with the state’s shell acquisition project. This involves operation and maintenance of state-owned dump trucks, front-end loader, and 20-ton heavy equipment trailer in transporting oyster shell within the state. This position must have and maintain a commercial driver’s license.
  • Maintains the Deal Island Facility buildings, seawater system, docks, piers, bulkhead, and grounds, which function as a marine terminal where the research vessels are berthed/stored.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Three years of experience involving the repair and maintenance of marine inboard engines, and mechanical and electrical systems.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience as defined above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a current United States Coast Guard License issued to persons who have served as Chief Engineer on an inland steam or motor vessel of not less than 1000 horsepower for the required experience.


  • Possess a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s 100 ton License and have the knowledge and skill to operate, navigate, maintain, and repair a 46 ft. research vessel and manage logistics, with safety and efficiency of paramount importance.
  • Possess a commercial driver’s license and have the experience to operate dump vehicles and front-end loaders.
  • Knowledge of computer-based navigation programs.
  • Organizational skills to account for shell transfers and payments to shucking houses and other sources of shell, planning logistics, and meeting scheduling demands of shell sources and customers.
  • Facility maintenance including building and seawater system maintenance and repair, vehicle and heavy equipment maintenance, and grounds keeping.
  • Organizational skills include prompt payment of facility bills, arranging for contractors for repairs and maintenance, track monthly expenses.


  1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees may be required to possess a vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.
  2. Employees in this classification may be required to obtain a manufacturer training course certificate. 
  3. U.S. Coast Guard Master’s 100 ton License is preferred
  4. Commercial driver’s license is preferred


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your minimum 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, need to make adjustments to a submitted application  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 Courtney Blackistone 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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