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NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNER IV

Hydrographer/Planner

Recruitment #17-002502-0001

Introduction

This is a position specific recruitment for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS) located in Annapolis, MD.  This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies for the position and may be used to fill future vacancies in the same classification/function.  Future vacancies may also be filled via other recruitments.  The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.

GRADE

18

LOCATION OF POSITION

Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS), is seeking interested candidates for a Natural Resources Planner IV position which will be based at the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis, MD. This position will work within the Chesapeake and Coastal Service in the field of intergovernmental natural resources planning and engineering Statewide. Responsibilities include the planning and preparation of engineering reports, charts, and related written material as well as maintaining records pertaining to the legal Natural Oyster Bar (NOB) charts and Shellfish Aquaculture Leases. This employee is legally responsible for seeing that all markers are placed with geodetic accuracy for the intended function. Use of hydrographic surveying techniques, geodetic controls, and hydrographic and geodetic computations will be frequent.

This position conducts field surveys to establish official metes and bounds for proposed shellfish leases and to verify that coordinates in regulation are accurately reflected by lines depicted on DNR's charts, represents the Department by testifying competently in criminal and administrative court hearings as an expert witness regarding the correct placement and maintenance of regulatory markings, and contradicts testimony of opposing experts as to the location of lines described in coordinates. Work will include the use of GIS and/or computer aided drafting and design (CADD), and digital programming related to GIS and CADD technologies. This position will use global positioning system (GPS) units along with an understanding of the global navigation satellite system technology to perform surveys and associated responsibilities.

This position will also lead efforts to integrate information from the Aquaculture Program into natural resource management programs and activities using knowledge of the technological, social and economic factors having an effect upon environmental and natural resources management and development. The planning and management of conservation and restoration efforts related to internal DNR programs such as Working Waterfronts, CoastSmart Communities and the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund will require coordination with regional, Federal, State and local partners. This position will perform assessments using a geographic information systems (GIS) spatial analysis of environmental, ecological, social, and coastal hazard data.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

For education obtained outside of the United States, you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. If you possess a degree obtained outside of the United States, please submit a detailed, course-by-course evaluation report from one of the U.S. equivalency evaluating members identified at http://www.naces.org/members.html with the application.

Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Five years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.

Notes:

1. 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, environmental sciences and one year of experience in natural resource planning or applied environmental science may be substituted for the required education.

2. 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Possession of a Doctorate 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for the required experience.

4. 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.  

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess at least one of the following certifications/licenses OR the experience and credentials to receive any one of the certifications/licenses within one year of employment.  

-Certified Hydrographer from the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and The  Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA)  

-Land Surveyor licensed by the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors  

-GIS Professional (GISP) from the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)  

-Certified Photogrammetrist from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that 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 consider information submitted after this date with the exception of a foreign degree evaluation (if applicable). Your application may be approved pending receipt of the evaluation.

Successful candidates may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

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 that you provide all the experience and education that is related to this position completely and accurately.

This recruitment does not require any additional materials to be uploaded with the exception of a foreign degree evaluation (if applicable). Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. Please do not submit unsolicited documentation (resumes, transcripts, cover letters, etc.). 

You will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS

The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online application is STRONGLY preferred. If online access is unavailable, you may submit a paper application to:

Department of Natural Resources

Human Resources

580 Taylor Avenue, C-3

Annapolis, MD 21401

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. The Human Resource Department is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Specific inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Khia Poteat at khia.poteat@maryland.gov

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.