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Seasonal Natural Resources Technician

Plant Survey

Recruitment #23-002293-0023


Seasonal Plant Survey Field Technician
One (1) Part-Time Vacancy– NO BENEFITS

CONTRACT PERIOD: April 2023 – September 2023




909 Wye Mills Rd,, Wye Mills MD


The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife & Heritage Service in Annapolis, Maryland is currently accepting applications for one part-time Seasonal Contractual Natural Resources Technician for the contract period. The Department seeks a highly motivated individual to assist with a project to collect data on target plant species and assist with the assessment of the conservation status of plant species of interest.
Job duties will include (1) collection of field data on target plant species at a variety of sites; (2) review and assessment of existing records to assess conservation status, including the use of herbarium specimens and data from the Maryland Biodiversity Project database; and (3) data entry, data summary, landowner/land manager contacts, and preparation of herbarium specimens. 
Expect occasional long field days with varied weather conditions and biting insects. Some overnight stays may be necessary.


Education: Completion of sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 of which are in biology, biochemistry, environmental science, forest technology, arboriculture, aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources management related field of study.

Experience: Three years of experience in technical biological work in the field of natural resources management.

  1. Additional experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
  2. 2. Additional education beyond sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university in a natural resources related field of study can be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of experience.
  3. 3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in the natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the biological science technician field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


  • A strong work ethic, good problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well independently in remote areas with minimal supervision.
  • Familiarity with taxonomic keys and ability to identify herbaceous and woody vegetation in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Prior experience with collection of rare plant data, preparation and use of herbarium data, use of Maryland Biodiversity Project database, and interpretation of information to assess conservation status.
  • Experience with handheld GPS units is required. Experience with ArcGIS and Microsoft Access and Excel.


Persons in this position may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Expect occasional long field days with varied weather conditions and biting insects. Some overnight stays may be necessary.


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 accept information submitted after this date. 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 and qualifications 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.




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 ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division

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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