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Natural Resources Technician I - MULTIPLE VACANCIES

Recruitment #24-002293-0016


Contract Period: Three (3) to Ten (10) months, varying start dates

Full-Time; Two (2) Vacancies

Part-Time; One (1) Vacancy




Three (3) vacancies in total; Each at a different location:
  • 1 position - Full-Time - 1919 Lincoln Drive Annapolis MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)
  • 1 position - Full-Time - 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)
  • 1 position - Part-Time - 73 Brant Road Swanton MD 21561 (Garrett County)


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Monitoring and Non-Tidal Assessment Division(MANTA) is currently accepting applications for multiple seasonal Natural Resources Technician I positions. The selectedcandidates may assist with the collection of water quality, biological, and habitat data in both tidal and non-tidal rivers ofMaryland, the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s Coastal Bays and Deep Creek Lake. Primary duties include collecting waterquality samples, measuring stream and storm flow, surveying for freshwater mussels, compiling and entering monitoringdata to assist with reporting. Sampling may be conducted from boats, bridges, piers and within streams. Duties may also include maintaining and calibrating water quality sampling equipment, preparation of sampling/ laboratory supplies, maintenance of aquaculture systems, conducting data verification and analysis, delivery of samples to the laboratory and other duties as assigned.

Candidates must be willing to work long and flexible hours aboard boats, from bridges, and in streams, under various weather conditions. Candidates for some positions may be required to be on call for weekend storm sampling. This position may require carrying heavy equipment over rough and uneven terrain; candidates must be able to lift and carry up to 50lbs. This position will also be responsible for operating a large vehicle (van or truck) around the State of Maryland. Employees will likely encounter hot weather, biting insects, long hikes, briars, and snakes. Candidates must provide their own transportation to meet a field crew prior to traveling to sites.


Experience: Two years of experience performing technical biological work in the field of forestry, arboriculture, wildlife, aquaculture, natural resources management, or fisheries.


1. Candidates may substitute the completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university, 18 credit hours must be 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 for the required experience.

2. 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.


  • Ability to adhere to sampling protocols and accurately record data
  • Ability to work independently and with others to efficiently complete assigned tasks
  • Ability to effectively use Microsoft Access, Excel and Word
  • Familiarity with water quality instrumentation
  • Familiarity with stream chemistry and biological sampling techniques


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 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 at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division. Please note, standard business hours for the help desk are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Inquiries made after hours will be reviewed the following business day. 

If you need to make adjustments to a submitted application or if you have general inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Emilee Knott at

Please provide ample time to complete the application template. If you are having technical difficulties submitting an application on the day of the deadline, it is strongly advised that you complete the JobAps physical application template and hand deliver to DNR - HRS at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 before 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources cannot guarantee that late submissions, as a result of technical difficulties, will be accepted.

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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