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Recruitment #24-002501-0002


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
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore MD  21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Planner II will be 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 and waterways. The incumbent in this position will be the wetland reviewer for designated counties in the Eastern Region of the Tidal Wetlands Division of the Water & Science Administration within the Department of the Environment. This position is guided by the requirements and mandates established in the Code of Maryland Regulations Title 26, Subtitle 24, Tidal Wetlands Regulations; Code of the Public General Laws of Maryland Title 16 Wetlands and Riparian Rights and the Water Quality Certification requirements of the Water Quality Regulations. The incumbent will also render permit decisions, represent the Department in a variety of forums, make recommendations on program development and planning projects, and will be responsible for educating and coordinating with other government agencies, other levels of government and the general public.

The Natural Resources Planner II will be responsible for the review of regulated activities impacting jurisdictional wetlands, regulated critical area buffer, water quality certification and administering the Army Corps of Engineers Maryland State Programmatic General Permit. The incumbent will also assist in the development and implementation of policies relative to the regulation, management and restoration of tidal wetlands and the Water Quality Certification program.

The working conditions of this position may involve exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings. Site visits may be conducted in all kinds of inclement weather in marshes, waterways and along exposed tidal shorelines. Work involves exposure to hazardous conditions which may result in injury. Site visits along shorelines usually involve walking on uneven terrain which can result in injury. Work involves special physical demands such as lifting 50 pounds or more, climbing ladders, etc. Field visits may involve long walks up to approximately a mile and walking through marsh/muddy gut areas and waterways. Work requires the use of protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, mask, etc. When going on site visits, protective gear is mandatory.


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

Experience: One year of experience in natural resources planning or 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 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 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, biological, chemical or environmental sciences for the required experience.

3. 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 experience and education.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Knowledge with the review and evaluation of environmental permits;
  • Experience providing customer service in a professional office setting;
  • Knowledge in wetland/water resource regulation and/or permitting (e.g. Title 16, COMAR 26, Clean Water Act 404/Dredge and Fill, Coastal Zone Manage Act, Clean Water Act 401 Water Quality Certification, or equivalent).


Limited to contractual employees of the Water and Science Administration, Wetlands and Waterways Protection Program only.




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 #24-002501-0002.

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 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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