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Background Investigator

Recruitment #23-003235-0065


Administrative Officer II - Background Investigator - Long Term Contractual




580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD  21401

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Natural Resources Police - Special Service Bureau, is currently accepting applications for Contractual Natural Resources Police Background Investigators. This position will conduct background investigations of applicants who apply for Natural Resources Police Recruit Officer Candidates, Cadets and Civilian positions. In addition, they will conduct background investigations on DNR civilian employees as needed.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate
Experience: Two (2) years of administrative or professional work.
1. Candidates may substitute 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.
2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university for the required experience.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work that included regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting complex administrative plans, policies, rules or regulations or analysis of operational programs or procedures with recommendations for improvement on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


1. Must have prior experience as a sworn law enforcement officer.
2. Must currently be in good standing, or have left employment in good standing, as a sworn law enforcement officer.


1. Candidates with experience in background investigations and/or criminal investigations.
2. Candidates with legible writing skills and the ability to type reports.
3. Candidates with moderate computer skills.
4. Candidates with experience using online software to complete and submit reports.
5. Candidates with moderate knowledge of COMAR Regulations related to background investigations.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to indicate that you meet the minimum qualifications for this recruitment, and report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation.


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 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.


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.


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 Recruitment and Examination Division

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Alexandra Gast 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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