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Environmental Justice Officer

Recruitment #23-005221-0005


This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Office of the Secretary. This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies for the position and may be used to fill future vacancies in the same classification/function. Future vacancies may also be filled via other recruitments. The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.




580 Taylor Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking an Environmental Justice Officer (EJO) to advise the Secretary and lead the delivery of equitable and just outcomes related to the State’s resources. The Department leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring and enhancing the State’s natural resources. The Department proudly works alongside state coalitions, non governmental organizations, and state agencies to focus on economic justice in the state of Maryland. Currently, the Department is developing new DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) plans to better improve the progress and inclusiveness of the Department and its partners with a focus on the resilience and adaptation efforts for an ever changing Maryland.

The EJO is responsible for providing subject matter expertise on environmental justice issues and advising the Secretary and Executive leadership on how to increase environmental justice outcomes in communities across Maryland. The officer has the primary responsibilities of: 

  • Advise across all units of the Department to ensure our work tackles injustice and improves access to our shared resources. 
  • Partner with existing internal teams focused on JEDI programs and outcomes for the Department and build stronger partnerships outside the Department. 
  • Contribute to the development of complex restoration projects that restore and protect natural resources that provide benefit to front line communities, including projects that reduce flooding, plant trees and make communities more resilient in the face of climate change. 
  • Build relationships with communities and organizations that experience disproportionate environmental impacts and who can benefit significantly from restoration and protection. 
  • Identify and provide assistance in access to funding from state, local, federal and private sources for communities experiencing environmental justice issues. 
  • Coordinate across agencies and with federal partners to leverage other funding streams and programs. 
  • Coordinate with the Office of Fair Practice and Office of Communication to lead resilience and JEDI communications via newsletters, social media posts, and /or videos.
  • Prepare reports based on findings and shared results to make recommendations to help organizations reduce their environmental impacts and improve the state's resources.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Sustainability, or a related field.
Experience: 3 years of experience working on environmental justice issues, community organizing, or social science.

  1. Candidates may substitute an Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Sustainability, or a related field and 2 years of experience working on environmental justice issues, community organizing, or social science for the required education. 
  2. Candidates may substitute 4 additional years of experience working on environmental justice issues, community organizing, or social science for the required education.
  3. Candidates may substitute additional graduate education at an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Sustainability, or a related field, at the rate of thirty credit hours for each year of the required experience for up to one year of the required experience.


  • Experience engaging across diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills in a variety of media including written, oral and social media.
  • Experience providing subject matter expertise on environmental justice issues.
  • Proficiency in environmental laws, regulations, and policies, including those related to environmental justice.


Persons in this position may be assigned duties which require the operation of an automobile or other motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess the appropriate operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not accept information submitted after this date. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for this position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all education and experience related to the essential functions and qualifications of this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.



The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

If you are having difficulty with your user account, need to make adjustments to a submitted application or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division

Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Adriana Parravano at

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 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. 

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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