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Forest Industry Development Specialist

Recruitment #23-002043-0087


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.

**Internal recruitment - Current MDNR Forest Service Employees Only**




State Service Center
201 Baptist Street, Salisbury - Wicomico

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of the job is to work with the forest products industry, federal, state and local government agencies and non-government entities to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and the image of Maryland’s forest products industry. Part of the agency’s mission is to restore, manage and protect the state’s forest land and forested ecosystems, both public and private, to sustain our natural resources. An active, thriving forest products industry is critical to fulfilling that mission.


The Department of Natural Resources - Forest Service (Salisbury, Wicomico County), is currently accepting applications for a Administrative Specialist III to provide technical and clerical assistance to the Forest Stewardship & Utilization Program.

The main purpose of the job is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and the image of Maryland’s forest products industry.

Primary Duties:
  • Conduct annual Timber Production Output (TPO) production output surveys.
  • Verify Forest Products Operator applications for completeness and accuracy, maintain database, issue licenses, and respond to complaints.
  • Process Woodland Incentive Fund applications for cost-share and process payment authorizations.
  • Develop resources for recruiting industry investment (e.g., marketing materials, trade booth; attend regional trade shows as funding allows)
  • Visit secondary forest product manufacturers to gather general information on business prospects and challenges.
  • Assist the Master Logger Program to help plan and conduct training sessions.
  • Catalog and maintain database of approved Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Timber Harvest Plans.


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

Experience: Two years of experience performing administrative staff, clerical, clerical technical, or secretarial work. 


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer involving staff work requiring regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting rules and regulations in accordance with agency laws and policies on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


  • 2 years of experience working for logging business, sawmill, trucking company or other business within the forest products sector.
  • Possession of a valid class A or B driver's license as well as a current Dept. of Transportation physical exam certification.
  • Knowledge and experience with day-to-day and cyclical issues of forest products sector
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with forestry and forest industry trade associations.


**Internal recruitment - Current MDNR Forest Service Employees Only**


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, 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 at

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Adriana Parravano 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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