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Recruitment #24-001878-0007


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.


Performance Based Opportunity 

As part of our continuous efforts to optimize performance and drive success, the Environmental Compliance Specialist I is eligible for an annual promotion. The incumbent may advance
to a higher grade within the classification series, based on satisfactory work

Progressive grade levels include:


Environmental Compliance Specialist II – Grade 15 ($53,627 - $89,951)

Environmental Compliance Specialist III – Grade 16 ($57,095 - $91,742)

In the first position, the incumbent will be required to work in the following counties: Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot.


In the second position, the incumbent will be required to work in the following counties: Somerset, Worcester, Wicomico, Dorchester, or Caroline.




Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration 

Compliance Program, Eastern Division, Unit 2

201 Baptist Street

Salisbury MD 21801

Main Purpose of Job

These are entry-level positions in the field of environmental regulatory compliance. The incumbents in these positions will represent MDE in a wide range of environmental program specialties including water pollution control laws and regulations related to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)/State Discharge Permits for municipal and industrial facilities, NPDES Pretreatment, combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) programs. The Environmental Compliance Specialist I will also focus on sediment and erosion control, tidal and nontidal wetlands, industrial pretreatment, well and septic systems, and waterway construction. The incumbents in these positions will learn the process of environmental compliance through exposure to and interaction with other programs within WSA and MDE.

The working conditions of these positions involve exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings. Consultations may be performed in wetlands, sewage plant treatment plants, etc. Work involves exposure to hazardous conditions which may result in injury. Walking over rough surfaces and terrain while examining sediment traps, stormwater ponds and dikes around heavy equipment presents potentially dangerous conditions. Work also involves special physical demands such as lifting 50 pounds or more, climbing ladders, etc. At many sites, water quality samples are taken. This requires personnel to carry chemicals, equipment tools, water samples, and files. Work requires the use of protective equipment such as steel-toe shoes, safety glasses, and hard hats during site visits.

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


In the first position, the incumbent will be required to work in the following counties: Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot.


In the second position, the incumbent will be required to work in the following counties: Somerset, Worcester, Wicomico, Dorchester, or Caroline.


Experience: Four years of experience performing inspection or investigation work related to State, federal or local regulation, code or standard compliance.


1. Candidates may substitute sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university which includes thirty credit hours in any combination of disciplines such as earth science, environmental science, geology, civil or environmental engineering, biology, chemistry, agronomy, forestry or other related discipline and two years of experience performing inspection or investigation work related to State, federal or local regulation, code or standard compliance for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in earth science, environmental science, geology, civil or environmental engineering, biology, chemistry, agronomy, forestry or other related discipline for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources classifications or Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources specialty codes in the Engineering and Natural Resources field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:  

  • Knowledge of inspection, investigation, consultation and negotiation techniques and methods;
  • Experience collecting field samples and conduct field tests and measurements;
  • Knowledge of environmental pollution problems, violations, and appropriate enforcement actions;
  • Experience conducting inspections at permitted sites and investigating complaints;
  • Experience working with public and private business owners and managers, contractors, government officials and the general public.


1. Employees in this classification 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.

2. Employees in this classification may be required to obtain and maintain certification or license in the designated environmental compliance area.


Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the employer with a phone number where they can be reached.


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.



All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.


Should you possess a bachelor's/master’s degree from a college or university outside of the United States, you must have your educational credentials evaluated by an approved education review service.  This evaluation must be submitted prior to hire.  For further information, you may call International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. at 302-737-8715 or World Education Services Inc. at 1-800-932-3897 or 202-331-2925.

All Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986. 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. 


It is highly preferred that you apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the State paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to or mail to:


Maryland Department of the Environment

OHR - Recruitment and Examination Division

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore MD 21230


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Peggie Jefferson at 410-537-3879. If you have difficulties submitting your online application, please contact the 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.  MDE is dedicated to creating a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We strive to cultivate an inclusive environment where differences are celebrated.

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