State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $57,095.00-$95,449.00 Yearly






An Environmental Specialist III Earth Science is the supervisory level of specialized independent environmental work involving major, complex project responsibility.  Employees in this classification are responsible for supervising a unit, sub-section, or team of Environmental Specialists and technicians as well as consultants involved in performing specialized studies and research on environmental matters and coordinating these efforts with personnel within the agency, other State and federal agencies, and interested groups.  The duties of this classification may include responsibility for accumulating information on highly complex environmental problems, and evaluating and making recommendations for courses of action.  The duties of this classification also include coordinating and developing complex detailed techniques, specifications and provisions related to environmental matters of preparing recommendations for elements of comprehensive local, regional, and metropolitan plans.  Employees in this classification perform work assignments generally related to the environmental process as a whole rather than to a particular specialty; and expected to coordinate projects with Environmental Specialists in each field involved. Employees in this classification will be called upon by engineering personnel and other Environmental Specialists to provide expertise in the specific option.  Employees in this classification interpret existing policies and procedures, and develop new policies and procedures.  Employees in this classification supervise lower-level Environmental Specialists and technical personnel.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision of a higher-level Environmental Specialist, Planner, or other official; review is generally rendered only on completion of an assigned project.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Environmental Specialist III is differentiated from the Environmental Specialist II in that the Environmental Specialist III performs specialized independent environmental work and has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Environmental Specialists while the Environmental Specialist II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.  The Environmental Specialist III is differentiated from the Environmental Specialist IV in that the Environmental Specialist IV has major program responsibility in the field of environmental analysis for a large State agency and has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Environmental Specialists. 


Plans and studies impact of existing and proposed systems on air quality, acoustics level, water quality, or hydrology;

Reviews, interprets, and implements acceptable standards for air quality, acoustics, water quality, or hydrology in relation to system planning, design, construction, and maintenance;

Makes recommendation on storm management and other treatment of water resources;

Establishes air quality monitoring locations, supervises the monitoring operations, evaluates, and analyzes data;

Recommends areas to be studied for noise impact, analyzes data obtained, designs and recommends specific acoustic attenuation measures, and supervises the construction of attenuation devices and structures;

Evaluates the effectiveness of noise attenuation measures;

Reviews technical acoustic reports for validity completeness, and accuracy;

Develops policy pertaining to highway-oriented noise;

Recommends and designs field models for testing new methodology in air quality control, noise attenuation, water quality, or hydrology;

Undertakes comprehensive studies and evaluates highly complex environmental problems with engineering personnel, representatives of other agencies, and private interests in an effort to incorporate proper environmental consideration in project planning, design, construction, and maintenance;

Assists in the development, interpretation, and implementation of environmental plans and policies included in the agency’s systems plans;

Constructs environmental models depicting changes in the ecology or socio-economic environment of a community;

Keeps abreast of the most recent development in the field of environmental evaluation including latest State and federal statutes in this field;

Supervises the preparation of environmental documents or reports concerning specific agency projects and/or the overall program of the agency in compliance with State and federal legislation and regulations;

Coordinates the environmental planning program with local and State planning organizations;

Initiates and coordinates environmental studies with appropriate public agencies to ascertain the possible consequences of present and planned projects and systems;

Participates in public meetings and conferences representing the agency to explain the environmental impact of proposed projects and systems;

Cooperates with other agencies in those situations where environmental authority, jurisdiction, and/or responsibility may overlap or interface;

Conducts specific research projects in the Earth Science area of specialization to determine the feasibility of using various products or methods in future plans development;

Organizes and assigns the technical and administrative workload among subordinate specialists and technicians within an environmental group;

Evaluates highly complex environmental problems with representative of other agencies or of private interests in an effort to incorporate appropriate environmental controls and accommodations;

Develops work programs and procedures for an environmental group of the agency;

Maintains essential records and files;

Coordinates environmental field work during preliminary stages with district and other personnel so that appropriate environmental considerations are included in plans;

Provides technical assistance to project engineers and other personnel on matters related to the environment;

Supervises the planning and preparation of reports, charts, and maps for inclusion in environmental impact reports and statements;

Supervises lower-level Environmental Specialists, technicians and consultants in the collection of environmental data and in environmental research;

Performs other related duties.  


Knowledge of the expert principles and practices of engineering science;

Knowledge of the methods, practices, and techniques of scientific research and analysis;

Knowledge of the principles of environmental science;

Knowledge of the expert techniques of standard research methodology;

Knowledge of the techniques of statistical data collection, organization and exhibition;

Ability to perform assigned research projects;

Ability to obtain, assemble, and analyze scientific data;

Ability to prepare and interpret plans, maps, and specifications;

Ability to make field investigations;

Ability to use basic scientific and engineering instruments with skill and accuracy;

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the general public;

Ability to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and informative reports on technical matters in both technical and lay terms;

Ability to interpret maps, plans, and specifications;

Ability to consult effectively with contractors, the general public, and engineering personnel;

Ability to supervise and train lower-level Environmental Specialists and technicians.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemical, civil, mechanical or environmental engineering or in the fields of chemistry, physics, earth science, geology, or other discipline in the physical sciences.

Experience: Four years of professional environmental experience in research, analysis, and evaluation of air quality, acoustics, hydrology, water quality or a very closely related field.


1. Candidates may substitute possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical sciences or one year of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the physical sciences for three years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources classifications or Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources specialty           codes in the Engineering, Natural Resources and Science field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  Employees assigned such duties may be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Some positions in this classification are assigned duties which will require the applicants to be examined by a physician. After an offer of employment, applicants for such positions will be given a medical examination to certify the ability to perform the essential job functions.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated as Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G- Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime as provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.  

Date Revised

January 4, 2019 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 001885; REV: 1/4/2019;

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