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Recruitment #24-002308-0009


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.




Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration

Wetlands and Waterways Protection Program

160 South Water Street

Frostburg, MD 21532

Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Planner I will function as a wetland reviewer for the Western Region of the Nontidal Wetlands Division of the Water and Science Administration. The incumbent in this position will be directly responsible for the management and implementation of laws, regulations and programs that restore and maintain the quality of surface waters and the protection of nontidal wetland habitats and waterways. The incumbent in this position will render permit decisions, represent the Department in a variety of forums, and make recommendations on program development and planning projects. The incumbent will also be responsible for coordinating with other government agencies, other levels of government and the general public.

The Natural Resources Planner I will be responsible for the review of regulated activities impacting jurisdictional wetlands, water quality certification and administering the United States Army Corps of Engineers Maryland State Programmatic General Permit (MDSGP). The incumbent will also assist in the development and implementation of policies relative to the regulation, management, and restoration of nontidal wetlands and the Water Quality Certification program.

The working conditions of this position may involve exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings. The job often involves fieldwork which goes on regardless of weather conditions. Work involves exposure to hazardous conditions which may result in injury. Fieldwork sometimes involves exposure to natural hazards such as steep slopes, deep water etc. Work involves special physical demands such as lifting 50 pounds or more, climbing ladders, etc. Position involves driving and extensive walking in all conditions to sites, and digging holes, which can be strenuous. Work requires the use of protective equipment such as boots, gloves, waders, etc. When going on site visits, appropriate field clothing for the conditions is required.


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

Experience: None.


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

2. 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 education.  


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

• A Bachelor's degree(s) in a natural resources related field of study such as Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, Applied Ecology, Geology, or related fields.  
• Completion of a wetland identification course.
• Training in plant identification.
• Training in wetland delineation or wetland ecology.
• Training in soil identification.
• Training in wetland hydrology.
• Technical writing skills.




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.  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, and 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 the interview).

Completed 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.


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 MDE, Recruitment and Selection Division, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230. Paper application materials must be received in our office by 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 Shantasia Baker at 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 #24-002308-0009. 

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Shantasia Baker at 410-537-3808.  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  

This is a position-specific position for the Maryland Department of the Environment. The resulting certified eligible list will be maintained for one year. Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.  

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

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