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Seasonal Hourly Shift

Natural Resources Planner II

Recruitment #23-002292-0042


Full Time vacancy

Contract Period: June 2023 to March 2023


HRLY 0008


580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Park Service (Planning Team), is seeking interested candidates for a seasonal Natural Resources Planner position which will be based at the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland (Anne Arundel County) with significant field work and telework. Natural Resources Planners perform natural resources assessments, prepare restoration plans, develop landscape and site plans, and work on and assist with various other special projects relating to land and facility management occurring on State Park lands. Work is performed indoors and outdoors under various weather conditions.

Duties may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Scoping and screening of proposed projects for natural resource information and concerns 
  • Performing site analyses to identify a planned course of action associated with a land development, management or restoration project 
  • Using natural resources GIS information, aerial imagery, and various maps and other data sources to facilitate preliminary desktop assessments and analyses 
  • Coordinating with other units of the Department and other resource agencies to review projects and address concerns affecting project implementation 
  • Visiting projects sites and participating in virtual meetings 
  • Documenting project reviews including compilation of comments from resource experts and correspondence with project proponents.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: One year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological sciences and one year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, biological, chemical or environmental sciences for the required experience.

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


  • Strong organization, database management, writing and research compilation skills
  • Knowledge of the principles of natural resources planning and the technological, social and economic factors having an effect upon natural resources protection, management and development;
  • Knowledge of federal, State, regional and local planning concepts, procedures and permitting;
  • Ability to perform routine research and field work and prepare plans with a minimum of direct supervision;
  • Experience working with environmental professionals, planners, and architectural and engineering consultants
  • Knowledge of biology, botany, horticulture, geography and ecology of Maryland and/or knowledge and interest in various aspects of land and natural resource management.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle, UTV or golf cart. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland and five points or fewer on their current driving record.


Applicants selected for employment may undergo an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to:  employment reference check, education verification, driving record check (if the position requires employees to drive a vehicle) and a criminal history check including fingerprinting.


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.

*Should benefits be available, this information will be discussed at the time of hire


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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