Natural Resources Technician (Creel Census)

  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • May 14, 2019
Part time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

Contract Period: Not to exceed 10 months

Telework from home with travel to assigned regional work sites.


Main Purpose Of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Fishing and Boating Services is currently accepting applications for (1) part-time Natural Resources Technician I (Creel Clerk) for the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) conducted throughout Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coastal watershed. This survey is part of the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), which develops estimates of recreational marine fishing activity and harvest for Atlantic states.

This position is located within a reasonable distance of Ocean City (candidate should reside within/near Wicomico, Somerset, or Worcester counties).

Field staff will travel to assigned sites at public docks, piers, beaches and marinas to interview anglers about their fishing experiences, collect a variety of information, and (when applicable) weigh, measure, and identify fish species. There are also assignments on ½-day and full-day headboat trips offshore and site inspection assignments. All data must be collected and recorded according to strict survey protocol. Completed data must be submitted regularly to DNR supervisors and staff must participate in the data review process until all data pass quality assurance review by DNR supervisors.

Staff will work remotely (out of their homes) and independently, commuting to sites located throughout Maryland. All work assignments will require in-state travel. Staff will use their own vehicles and be reimbursed for mileage.

This is a maximum 10-month contract. This survey is conducted March-December with 70% of assignments falling on weekends and holidays. Seasonal staff are hired to assist during the busiest part of the year (May-October) and contracts may extend into December/January based on staffing needs. Shifts may include night assignments which are completed with a co-worker. Work schedules are developed monthly within two weeks of the next months start. Weekly schedules are generally expected to provide between 10 and 30 hours of work. There is no anticipated overtime pay or comp time.


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: None.


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. 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 education. 


Persons appointed to positions in this classification 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.

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$13.29/ hour