Natural Resource Biologist II




Annapolis, Maryland. Anne Arundel County.

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources, Fishing and Boating Services, Striped Bass Program, is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resources Biologist II. This position assists in stock assessment studies for striped bass and other fish species in Chesapeake Bay. Job responsibilities include: sampling fish populations by various methods in accordance with standard protocols; collecting, entering, managing, and summarizing biological data; monitoring commercial and recreational harvests; preparation and reading of ageing structures; and maintenance of sampling equipment. Position sometimes requires 40+ hours per week, including early morning hours and occasional weekends. Candidate will be required to perform physically demanding work in extreme weather conditions, often on boats.


Experience:Four years of professional experience conducting research and analysis in thefields of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, natural science, naturalresources management, botany, marine biology, marine ecology, physicaloceanography, ichthyology, fisheries management, wildlife management or zoologyand two years of experience in performing professional biological workin the field of natural resources management.


1.Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in biology,environmental aquaculture, natural science, natural resources management,botany, marine biology, marine ecology or physical oceanography, ichthyology, fisheriesmanagement, wildlife management, zoology, or a natural resources managementrelated field of study from an accredited college or university and two yearsof experience in performing professional biological work in the field ofnatural resources management for the required experience.

2.Candidates may substitute graduate education beyond a Bachelor's degree from anaccredited college or university in a natural resources related field of studyas described above at the rate of 15 graduate credit hours for one year of therequired experience.

3.Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military serviceexperience asa commissioned officer in the natural resourcesmanagement and biologicalsciences classifications or naturalresources management and biologicalsciences specialty codes inthe wildlife biology field of work on ayear-for-year basis for the required experience.


One year of experience working in the field of: Fisheries or Wildlife Biology, Fisheries or Wildlife Ecology, Fisheries or Wildlife Management, Fisheries Stock Assessment, Aquatic Resources Biology, Aquatic Ecology, Oceanography, Biological Oceanography, or other experience with aquatic or wildlife research, science or sampling.


1. Experience in fisheries stock assessment or fisheries management is preferred.

2. Previous experience sampling fish populations in the field is preferred.

3. Experience using Excel, SAS, R or similar software is preferred.


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 minimum 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 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 before the announcement deadline or if you have general inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Alexandra Gast 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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