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Recruitment #24-002308-0013


he 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 Natural Resources Planner I is eligible for an annual promotion. The incumbent may advance to a higher grade within the classification series, based on satisfactory work performance.  

Progressive grade levels include:
Natural Resource Planner II – Grade 15 ($53,627 - $85.951)
Natural Resource Planner III – Grade 16 ($57,095 - $91,742)




Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration 

416 Chinquapin Round Road

Annapolis, MD 21401

Main Purpose of Job

This is an entry-level position in the Annapolis Field Services Program. This position will serve as a Regional Coordinator and executor of environmental compliance monitoring activities at municipal and non-community drinking water facilities.  The data generated from the environmental monitoring and evaluations is used to determine a facility’s compliance with Maryland laws and regulations set  by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In addition, data assists the regulatory authorities within MDE’s Water Management Administration to enforce permit requirements and regulate Maryland’s drinking water facilities to ensure maximum contaminant levels (MCL) are not exceeded.  The incumbent will perform all aspects of shellfish sanitation. 

This includes the inspection, evaluation, and identification of environmental impacts from point and non-point pollution sources affecting tidal and non-tidal waters.  Inspections are conducted to identify real or potential environmental impacts, including but not limited to improper animal waste practices, failing on-site wastewater treatment disposal systems, petroleum violations, and sediment/nutrient loading.  Inspections are carried out to determine and enforce compliance with permit/license requirements, and local, State, and Federal environmental laws and regulations. Assists in the responsibility of monitoring Maryland’s shellfish harvesting waters in central and southern MD by gathering physical,  chemical, and bacteriological data in designated rivers, bays, and estuaries.  Data assists MDE’s Shellfish Certification Division in its regulatory decisions as well as supports regulatory mandates that are necessary for Maryland’s continued Federal (Food and Drug Administration) certification as a nationally approved shellfish exporting state.  Coordinates and conducts intensive investigations to examine unregulated small drinking water systems.  Data and conclusions established by these studies are used by the regulatory and compliance units with MDE (FIERP and Water Management) as well as the EPA to make management and potential remediation solutions. 

This position involves field work, and the incumbent of this position will be required to perform work in all weather conditions. The work may be exposed to hazardous conditions which may result in injury. This position requires the performance of water quality work on painted concrete floors that can be extremely slippery when wet.  The incumbent will also be required to climb ladders and lift heavy coolers that contain ice and samples frequently exceeding 50 pounds. The incumbent is required to wear protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, masks, etc.  

This position requires the incumbent to drive a State vehicle.  If you maintain an out-of-state driving license you must provide a certified copy of your driving record for 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 to drive a State vehicle.


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.  


This recruitment is limited to contractual employees within the Field Investigations and Environmental Response Program




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 Peggie Jefferson 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 #24-002308-0013. 

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Peggie Jefferson at 410-537-3879.  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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