Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

Natural Resources Technician - Middle Patuxent Environment Area (MPEA)

Posted: August 19, 2019
Location: Ellicott City, Maryland
Time Commitment: 40 hours per week with occasional weekend and evening work required. Please note that this is a contingent (non-permanent, no benefits) position that is grant-funded.


Under direction, performs ongoing maintenance, management, and monitoring using accepted standards and practices to provide low-impact access while protecting the natural resources of the area. Work typically involves trail system assessment, repair, and improvement, assisting with the implementation of a comprehensive volunteer program, and conducting invasive species management and monitoring using accepted standards and practices. Participates in all aspects of natural resources management related to the MPEA. This position also performs maintenance of grounds and equipment and ensures that safety standards are met. Work weeks will follow a flexible, weekday schedule totaling 40 hours per week with occasional weekend and evening work required.

Job Responsibilites

  • Performs trail system inspections, maintenance, and repairs. May assist with trail construction.
  • Responsible for implementing a baseline trail system assessment, including measurements of running grade, cross slope, trail corridor height and width, and other variables
  • Responsible for implementation of trail drainage repair projects
  • Works with the NRM to update the Trail Management section of the MPEA Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan
  • Provides training and field supervision for Natural Resource Technicians assisting on the Trail System Assessment & Improvement Project
  • Assists the MPEA Natural Resources Specialist with the coordination and support of projects for volunteers, interns, students, and scout groups, etc.
  • Leads diverse groups of volunteers in field activities including, but not limited to, Trail Maintenance Team, MPEA Weed Warriors, Master Naturalist projects, and flora and fauna monitoring programs.
  • Assists with volunteer training programs, recognition events, and administrative support.
  • Collects biological data on the flora, fauna and abiotic components of the MPEA which may include vegetation surveys, invertebrate surveys, herpetological surveys, bird surveys, soil sampling, or stream sampling.
  • Assists the MPEA Natural Resource Managers with all aspects of early successional habitat creation and/or restoration
  • Assists with implementing invasive species control efforts utilizing techniques including, but not limited to, spraying, cutting, pulling, and mowing targeted invasive plant species
  • Follows monitoring protocols for measuring the effectiveness of invasive species control efforts
  • Performs and/or oversees various landscape maintenance activities such as mowing, weeding, pruning, planting, etc.
  • Assists the MPEA Natural Resource Managers with other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources Management or other related field preferred.
  • Working knowledge of biological and ecological principles and two years of practical experience.
  • Possess two years of experience with maintenance, and installation of trail structures, and experience leading diverse groups of volunteers preferred.
  • Experience identifying Maryland flora and fauna, and the ability to measure habitat variables is a plus, but training will be provided.
  • Ability to use various computer software programs such as Word, Excel, Access, and MapInfo.
  • Must possess excellent writing skills for project proposals and updates, routine reports, and correspondence.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow complex written and/or oral instructions, and to work independently or as a member of a team. Ability to measure trail lengths and slopes.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and make safe and responsible decisions.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safely.
  • Operate a variety of hand and power tools and equipment safely.
  • Capable of using a two-way radio and/or cellular phone.
  • Ability to perform heavy labor for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to work outdoors under varying conditions of weather.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must possess a valid Maryland Class C driver's license.
  • Background checks and a certified copy of driving record are required.
  • Must attend required pesticide training and register with the MDA.

Salary and Benefits

Contingent – Professional – $18.50 per hour

Application Process

Applications may be obtained and filed online at: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/