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Recruitment #19-002501-0001


The Water and Science Administration, Wetlands and Waterways Program/Regulatory Services Division is recruiting for a Natural Resources Planner II. This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of the Environment. This recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for this position/function only. The resulting cert list will be in effect for at least one year. 

Please note that contractual positions do not offer the same State benefits as permanent positions. 




Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration

Wetlands and Waterways Program/Regulatory Services Division

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to restore and maintain the quality of the State's ground and surface waters, protect wetland habitats and manage the utilization of Maryland's natural resources throughout the State. The incumbent of this position is directly responsible for the management and implementation of data used by the Wetlands and Waterways Program to evaluate permit activities that may impact these resources.

The incumbent will serve as the primary GIS expert for the Wetlands and Waterways Program by screening all Joint Permit Applications for construction in a floodplain, waterway or wetland area in Maryland using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software as well as updating the Department’s GIS layers for reviewers within the Program.  The incumbent is also responsible for integrating additional resource data layers provided by outside Agencies that are included in our review process including: Maryland Historical Trust, Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The incumbent of this position will be responsible for providing direct technical GIS assistance to the Program regarding the assessment of proposed mitigation sites, and the collection of field data related to the location and assessment of existing and proposed wetlands and mitigation sites in Maryland to fully support the Program, the incumbent is guided by the requirements and mandates established in the Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act and Nontidal Wetlands Regulations, the Regulations for Construction on Nontidal Waters and Floodplains and the Water Quality Certification requirements of the Water Quality Regulations. In this capacity, the incumbent assists in the collection of information needed to render permit decisions by permit reviewers, represents the Department in a variety of forums, makes recommendations on program development and planning projects, and is responsible for educating and coordinating with other government agencies, other levels of government and the general public.  The incumbent will be required to maintain a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland with 5 or less points on their driving record.  



Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: One year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.


1. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological sciences and one year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science may be substituted for the required education.

2. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, biological, chemical or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the  general natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or general natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the general natural resources management and biological sciences field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.  


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • One year of experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcInfo and ArcGIS;
  • One year of experience working with (closed) data systems such as State or Federal government databases or Environmental Management Systems used by the Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Experience with the review and evaluation of environmental permits;
  • Customer service experience in a professional setting.


Not Applicable


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the minimum /selective/preferred qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Applicants that meet the qualifications will be referred to the hiring unit for consideration of an interview/selection.  Only those candidates that demonstrate, in their applications, the required qualifications will be deemed qualified and referred.  


Your application is part of the examination process.  The assessment will be a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of this position.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate educational and employment information on your application.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified and placed on the cert list for at least one year. This list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees. 

Education credentials and experience verification will be completed by the Appointing Authority.  If you are scheduled to complete an education or licensing requirement within six months of the examination, you may participate in the examination process, if one is required.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.

The MD Department of the Environment does not sponsor individuals in the application of the H-1B Visa.  All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration and Reform Control Act.  You must be legally authorized and possess any necessary documents under this Act in order to be hired in the position for which you apply.  For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.


The online application is STRONGLY preferred. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the state application. If online access is unavailable or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation you may submit a paper application, required documentation, transcripts and addendums via fax 410-537-3966, email: or mail to:

Olivia Finley

Office of Human Resources

Recruitment and Examination Division

 Reference Number:19-002501-0001

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

(Office) 410-537-3105 

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

PLEASE NOTE: The Maryland Department of the Environment participates in the E-Verify Program.

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