State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $64,828.00-$108,780.00 Yearly






An Environmental Specialist IV is the second supervisory level of work for major program responsibility in the field of environmental analysis for a large State agency.  Employees in this classification are expected to demonstrate both professional expertise and administrative ability and are responsible for the performance of a staff of professional Environmental Specialists and technicians in the carrying out of comprehensive and specialized environmental studies.  The duties of this classification include the formulation and implementation of appropriate environmental procedures and techniques for environmental analysis; the development of program objectives, policies and schedules; the coordination of the work of the group with the work of contributing and related agencies; and the integration of environmental analysis program into the overall policies and objectives of the agency.  Employees in this classification are required to coordinate all specialties of environmental analysis and insure their balanced integration into the final study results.  The work of the classification involves substantial contact and consultation with State, Federal, regional, and local officials engaged in environmental studies.  Employees in this classification supervise lower-level Environmental Specialists, technicians and clerical personnel.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a higher-level administrative official within the agency.   Supervision is of an administrative in nature, because employees are considered to be functioning at the top level of technical expertise in the field of environmental analysis within the agency.  Work performance is based upon the contribution of the environmental analysis staff to the agency’s overall program objectives.

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 IV is differentiated from the Environmental Specialist III 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 while the Environmental Specialist III performs specialized independent environmental work and has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Environmental Specialists.


Directs, administers, and develops environmental analysis programs for a large State agency;

Represents the agency to other State, federal and local agencies in matters dealing with his or her field of expertise;

Assists in the development and review of agency policy and legislative proposals in the environmental field;

Supervises a moderate size group of Environmental Specialists and technical personnel in the performance of comprehensive and complex environmental analyses;

Provides technical advice and assistance in the environmental area to other subdivisions of the agency and to agency decision-makers;

Develops and implements agency procedures for environmental evaluation;

Initiates and coordinates environmental studies with appropriate public agencies to ascertain the possible impacts of present and planned projects and/or programs;

Develops work programs for the environmental group;

Provides for the training of the group’s staff and related personnel elsewhere in the agency;

Performs other necessary duties as required.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class Descriptions 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.

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements.  The Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

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 not assigned to a bargaining unit as indicated by the designation of S (supervisor), M (manager), T (agency head), U (Board or Commission member), W (student), X (Used by agency or excluded by executive order), or Z (confidential).  As provided by 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 therefore, all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining. 

Date Revised

January 4, 2019 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 006305; REV: 1/4/2019;

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