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Western Region Chief

Recruitment #22-002310-0003


The Maryland Department of the Environment is charged with protecting and preserving the State's air, water and land resources and safeguarding the environmental health of all Maryland’s citizens.  The Agency’s mission is to protect and restore the environment for the health and well-being of all Marylanders with a vision of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities and ecosystems in Maryland.

The Water and Science Administration, Wetlands and Waterways Program, Tidal Wetlands Division is recruiting for a Natural Resources Planner V. This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  This recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for this position/function only.  The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.  Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.




Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration

Wetlands and Waterways Program/Tidal Wetlands Division

1800 Washington Blvd.  

Baltimore, MD 21230


The Natural Resources Planner V is responsible for the management and implementation of laws, regulations and programs that restore and maintain the quality of surface waters and the protection of tidal wetland habitats. The incumbent in this position will function as the Western Region Chief for the Tidal Wetlands Division, and will perform functions of the Division Chief in the Division Chief's absence.  As the Western Region Chief, the incumbent supervises a staff of Natural Resources Planners and provides technical assistance in the review of State licenses and permits, federal Water Quality Certifications and the Army Corp of Engineers' Maryland State Programmatic General Permit (MDSPGP) for dredging, filling and other activities within State and private tidal wetlands. While primarily responsible for the review of projects on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, the incumbent may also be required to provide technical assistance for tidal wetland applications located in other tidal regions of the State. The incumbent oversees tidal wetlands mitigation projects and other projects as needed to fulfill the Department's objectives in the management of tidal wetlands.

The incumbent of this position may be exposed to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings.  Site visits may be conducted in inclement weather and in various parts of the State. Site visits may involve exposure to hazardous conditions (e.g. walking on riprap revetments, or other uneven terrain near water, cliff tops, cliff bases with potential landslides, deteriorated structures, etc).  The incumbent may be exposed to snake, ticks/insect bites that can lead to Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  The incumbent must be able to conduct the required site visits on undeveloped lands, including areas with heavy brush, muck and/or difficult terrain.    Work requires the use of protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, mask, chest or hip waders, etc. 

The incumbent of this position will be required to drive a state vehicle.  If you maintain an out of state driving license, you must provide a certified copy of your driving record of the appropriate Motor Vehicle Administration at the time of appointment.  Individuals must maintain a driver's license with no more than 5 points on their driving record in order to drive a State vehicle.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management, or development.

Experience: Seven years of experience in natural resources planning or an applied environmental science.


1. Candidates may substitute the 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 or environmental sciences and one year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences for up to five years of the required experience.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:


  • Experience in applied wetland/water resource regulation and/or permitting (e.g. Clean Water Act 404/Dredge and Fill, Coastal Zone Manage Act, Clean Water Act 401 Water Quality Certification, or equivalent);
  • Experience designing, constructing, managing, or implementing projects for wetlands, SAV, EFH or shellfish habitat mitigation, restoration or monitoring, or for coastal resiliency or sea level rise adaptation, including living shorelines;
  • Experience leading people, either leading project teams or successful achievement of goals or direct supervision of professional employees or waterway regulations;
  • Experience providing customer service in a professional setting.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation.  The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of this position. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED, or QUALIFIED. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work.  Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.

For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview).

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after this date will not be added. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

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 applied.     



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to:


MDE, Recruitment and Selection Division 

1800 Washington Blvd.  

Baltimore MD 21230 


Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to Olivia Finley  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time. Please reference #22-002310-0003. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Olivia Finley/MDE Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-537-3105. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-537-3130 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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