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Recruitment #18-004593-0001


The Water and Science Administration, Dam Safety Division is recruiting for a Regulatory and Compliance Engineer Senior. 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 maintained for one year.  Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.



Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to assist the Division Chief with the implementation of a comprehensive dam safety program in Maryland by serving as the Program's expert structural and hydrologic and hydraulic engineer. The incumbent in this position will be responsible for permitting and inspecting new dam construction, inspecting existing impoundment structures, and providing technical engineering expertise and direction. This position protects the public from the inherent dangers associated with dam failures. The incumbent will perform job functions for using highly specialized engineering skills to evaluate dam safety and downstream hazard conditions, determine required remedial repairs, review and approve construction plans, and establish action plans to ensure that loss of life and major property damage are minimized in the event of sudden releases of water caused by dam emergencies. The position also represents the Department in meetings and hearings with State, federal, and local agencies; emergency management personnel; dam design consultants; dam owners; and the general public to provide dam safety advice and guidance on numerous complex dam safety issues.

The incumbent of this position will be responsible for Dam inspections that often requires special physical demands of accessing inspection galleries, small storm drain and spillway pipes, lifting equipment weighing 50 to 75 pounds, and a great deal of climbing down ladders and up and down the slopes of earth embankments.  In addition, dams contain areas of confined space hazards requiring air monitoring and specialized training.  The incumbent of this position may also be exposed to other dangerous situation such as drowning hazards, falls from high outlet works structures, and may be exposed to heavy construction equipment hazards while conducting inspections of existing structures and dams under construction.


Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of engineering or architectural experience in pollution control, waste remediation, resource conservation, environmental protection, or public health and safety to ensure regulatory or quality compliance with engineering/architectural standards, practices, principles and methods.


1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 20 credits in engineering and two years performing engineering architectural work in pollution control, waste remediation, resource conservation, environmental protection, public health and safety or related areas may be substituted for the engineering degree.

2. A Master’s degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

3. Professional Engineer or Professional Architect registration in the State of Maryland or in a state with comparable requirements may be substituted for the educational requirement and one year of experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Engineering and Architecture classifications or Engineering and Architecture specialty codes in the Environmental 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:

  • Experience inspecting existing dams, ponds, levees, and similar structures;
  • Experience inspecting the construction of dams, ponds, and levees;
  • Experience performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling using HEC-RAS, HEC-RAS2D, HEC-2, HEC-1, HEC-HMS, HydroCad, TR-20, USGS Streamstats, and GisHydro software; 
  • Experience designing or reviewing earthen dams for water supply, flood control, stormwater management, and tailings retention;
  • Experience preparing or reviewing geotechnical reports, flood studies, stormwater management design reports, structural analyses, and dam breach analyses for dams and levees; 
  • Knowledgeable in seepage and slope stability analyses for dams and levees. Use of  PCSTABL, Rockscience Slide, GeoSlope Slope/W and Seep/W, or similar software is desirable;
  • Familiarity with dam construction standards such as ASTM, AASHTO, ACI, NRCS, USACE;
  • Experience instructing junior or entry level engineers and planners;
  • GIS experience (ArcMap);
  • Public speaking;
  • Technical writing skills for preparing inspection reports and developing policies and design criteria, especially as related to dam safety;
  • Familiarity with Maryland’s laws and regulations regarding dam design and construction.

It is also preferred that the selected candidate has: 

  • A Bachelor's degree in Civil, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering; 
  • Be a licensed professional engineer in the State of Maryland or in a State with comparable requirements;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint)


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


Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in twenty-four hours a day, and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached or carry a cellphone. 


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, Better or 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.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.  



It is STRONGLY preferred that you apply online; however, if you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and reference number on any documentation to ensure timely processing. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the state application.

You may email required documentation, transcripts and addendums to or fax to 410-537-3966.

Olivia Finley, Recruitment and Examination

Division Office of Human Resources

MDE Reference Number:18-004593-0001

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230

Office: 410-537-3105 Fax: 410-537-3966

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

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

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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