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Recruitment #24-000656-0001


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.

If you are looking for an exciting career committed to helping the environment for all Marylanders, please apply to become part of MDE’s workforce.  MDE offers competitive pay, great benefits, opportunities to telework, as well as opportunities for advancement and professional growth – MDE offers you a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e., vacation, sick leave), state pension, and supplemental retirement options (i.e., 401k, 457b etc.). MDE headquarters facility offers free parking, a food court, and a gym.

This position is limited to current permanent and contractual employees of the Maryland Department of the Environment. 




Water and Science Administration 

Compliance Program, Central Division 

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Environmental Program Manager serves as the Chief of the Central Inspection Division and will be responsible for managing statewide programs unique to the Water Management Administration related to inspections, investigations, and sampling to determine compliance with water pollution control laws and regulations.  The Division Chief is responsible for establishing overall policies and procedures for the Compliance Program, overseeing the implementation and decisions on appropriate revisions. In addition, will also be responsible for the supervision of professional and technical staff in planning, initiating, and tracking inspections and associated compliance and enforcement activities.  The incumbent in this position establishes goals, standards, and controls to ensure that the compliance objectives are accomplished.  The incumbent plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of the District Manager and lead inspectors within the division. This position is expected to be reachable to support after-hours responses as needed. 

The Division Chief provides guidance and oversight in regards to staff  performance of inspections and the preparation of litigation packages to be used for the development of administrative orders and civil penalty assessments to address violations of general water pollution control laws and regulations pertaining to NPDES /State discharge permits for municipal and industrial facilities, sediment and erosion control, tidal/nontidal wetlands, industrial pretreatment, well and septic systems, waterway construction and dam safety.  This position includes managing sensitive and controversial compliance issues, participating in meetings with citizens and/or violators, ensuring grant commitments are met, coordinating with other programs in WMA, the Attorney General’s Office, other State agencies, EPA, and elected officials, company leaders, consultants, and the general public.  

The work sometimes involves exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings at industrials construction sites and wastewater treatment plants. Site inspections may have to walk over rough terrain in adverse weather conditions. During site inspections at certain industrial facilities the use of personal protective equipment such as a hard hat, goggles, earplugs, safety shoes may be required.

The incumbent in 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 from 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 including 30 credit hours in engineering or the biological, environmental or physical sciences.

Experience: Three years of experience supervising a professional staff or as a project supervisor in the  Water Management field of work.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience in engineering, public administration or law as related to environmental health on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Applicants may substitute registration as an Environmental Sanitarian or as a Professional Engineer for the required education.

3. Applicants may substitute one additional year of experience in engineering, public administration or law related to environmental health for the 30 credit hours of required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources classifications or Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources specialty codes in the Engineering, Natural Resources and Science field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Prior experience supervising technical and administrative personnel.
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders, including permittees, environmental groups, the public, federal and local governments, and other State agencies.
  • Technical experience applying State and federal laws and regulations, such as the Clean Water Act, NPDES permits, wetlands and waterway construction, water quality and other science-based permits, laws, and regulations.
  • Experience with administrative, civil, and criminal legal processes and working with the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Experience using ETS and ETS reporting to track activities.


This position is limited to current permanent and contractual employees of the Maryland Department of the Environment.


Candidates appointed to positions in these classifications 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.


Please make sure that 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 consider the information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.


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 experience.  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). 


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. 


STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS  (Click ctrl+link to view all benefits)

PERSONAL LEAVE - New State employees are awarded six (6) personal leave days annually (prorated based on start date).

ANNUAL LEAVE - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.

SICK LEAVE – fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.

PARENTAL LEAVE – up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

HOLIDAYS – State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year. 



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Olivia Sterrett, MDE, Office of Human Resources, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230 or email  Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Olivia Sterrett 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  

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 recruitment, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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