The Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, is seeking three (3) Natural Resource Planner IV team members that will help the Department build resilient coastal ecosystems and communities and advance beneficial use and ocean management priorities.

These positions will individually be responsible for work on a variety of issues including the beneficial use of dredged material for resilient restoration projects and waterway navigation; community climate resilience and nuisance flooding partnerships; and ocean management partnerships and priorities. Each of these positions will work with multi-disciplinary teams to connect multiple coastal and ocean management goals. The successful candidates will work with community, state and regional partners.

(1) One position will address the beneficial use of dredged material. Work will integrate beneficial use into restoration and natural infrastructure projects, and partner with communities to address recreational waterway access. The successful candidate will work across programs to connect beneficial use to climate adaptation, restoration and water quality improvement projects, and waterway access. The position will pair field-based project needs with community resilience, access, and habitat goals.

(2) One position will address short and long term flood impacts and work with state and local partners to understand and plan for nuisance flooding. The position will provide technical assistance to communities and further collaborations and partnerships to document, plan and implement projects to reduce flood impacts.

(3) One position will lead efforts with state and regional partners to support healthy ocean ecosystems, foster sustainable ocean uses, and evaluate ocean management programmatic goals. This position will work on a variety of coastal and ocean topics including ocean acidification; recreation; ocean planning; and, applied science and data in decision making.

These positions will serve as technical experts for state and local partners and will be responsible for establishing and continuing federal, state, regional and community partnerships. Positions will pair site- or community-based needs with long-term coastal and ocean goals and program requirements. The planners will support and advance the state’s work across coastal and ocean zone environments.