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Recruitment #24-002308-0016


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




Air and Radiation Administration 
Air Quality Planning Program  
1800 Washington Blvd.  
Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Planner I will perform research related to population, land use, economic development, pollution control strategies and emissions data used in air quality planning activities, environmental assessments, State Implementation Plan (SIP), and regulation development. The incumbent in this position will assist in the review of federal regulations and EPA guidance to ascertain requirements related to new or changed pollutant standards and federal regulations. The incumbent in this position will also assist with the analysis, development, and implementation of strategies to control emissions from sources of air pollution. The Natural Resources Planner I will work on the research and development of regulation content, regulation cost effectiveness, pollution control technologies and associated emission reductions for criteria and greenhouse gas pollutants.

The working conditions of this position may involve exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings. This position mainly performs work in an office setting, though while infrequent, opportunities for site visits to industrial facilities may occur. The working conditions of this position may involve exposure to hazardous conditions which may result in injury. Some site visits to industrial facilities may involve working close to operating machinery which may be under pressure or high temperatures. Work involves special physical demands such as lifting 50 pounds or more, climbing ladders, etc. Some site visits include review/inspection of air pollution monitoring and controlling equipment located on serval elevated  platforms  or rooftops. Work requires the use of protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, mask, etc. When going on site visits to industrial facilities, 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: 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.  




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, Better Qualified, or 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 302-737-8715 or the 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 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 Shantasia Baker at 410-537-3808. If you are having difficulties with 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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