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GEOLOGIST I

Recruitment #18-001028-0001

Introduction

This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of the Environment.  This recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for this position/function only.  The resulting cert list will be maintained for one year.  Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.

This is an entry level position; therefore, the selected candidate will be offered the base salary.  Progression in the current position will be based upon the approval of annual increments and/or cost of living adjustments.

This position location is at the Baltimore Headquarters office but will perform field and office job functions primarily in the Eastern Region (Harford, Cecil, and Kent Counties) of the Remediation Division.

GRADE

15

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland Department of the Environment

Land and Materials Administration 

Oil Control Program, Remediation Division 

1800 Washington Blvd.   

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

This is an entry level position. The incumbent in this position will learn to review and evaluate conditions of known or suspected oil contamination in order to determine the extent of remediation needed, and oversee remediation activities. The incumbent in this position, will be responsible for interpreting the results of hydrogeology assessments and determine the extent of any required groundwater and soil remediation. The incumbent will also determine the potential public health and safety impacts of oil contamination in the environment and in drinking water supplies. The incumbent ensures the enforcement of applicable statutes, regulations, permits and policies pertinent to the Oil Control Program.  This position will be assigned to the Baltimore Headquarters office and may be assigned a state vehicle.  The incumbent in this position will perform job functions within the State of Maryland, primarily in the Eastern Region, which includes Harford, Cecil and Kent Counties.  The incumbent may perform duties in other others of that state due to emergencies, vacancies and various caseloads.

The incumbent in this position is required to visit and inspect areas containing chemical and physical hazards at a variety of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites (e.g. service stations, oil refineries, uneven terrain, old landfills, spill areas, dilapidated buildings, debris-strewn sites.).  The incumbent may be required to lift heavy manhole covers, operating and lifting heavy equipment, climbing down ladders, and wear respiratory protection while performing work activities. During site inspections protective equipment is required and may include respirators and chemical protective gear according to site specific conditions.

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Geology, Environmental Geology or a related earth science.

Experience: None

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in physical science classification or physical science specialty codes in the geology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.   

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

 

  • Willingness to perform work in both office and field settings;
  • Coursework in Physical Geology and Hydrogeology;
  • Knowledgeable of Maryland regulations regarding oil spills and cleanup requirements;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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. When assigned to an environmental program at the Department of the Environment, employees in this classification may be required to successfully complete and maintain certification as specified in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (Standards-29 CFR) 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Information about these regulations is available in the Human Resources Office of the Maryland Department of the Environment or may be obtained at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Website.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Employees in this classification may be required to walk over rough or unstable terrain or over long distances while wearing personal protection equipment such as respiratory protection equipment.

2. Employees in this classification may be subject to ongoing medical testing in accordance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.

3. Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in on a twenty-four hour basis and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached or carry an electronic pager.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the minimum /selective/preferred qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Applicants that meet the qualifications will be referred to the hiring unit for consideration of an interview/selection. Only those candidates that demonstrate, in their applications, the required qualifications will be deemed qualified and referred.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Medical Monitoring Program (MMP) is designed to detect health risks or adverse effects of occupational exposure to hazardous materials and to direct targeted treatment and occupational illness/injury prevention strategies.  MDE employees who may be exposed to hazardous materials are required to participate in a pre-placement, regular and/or post-termination medical examination.  MDE has determined that this position be part of the MMP; therefore, applicants selected for employment must successfully complete and pass the medical monitoring examination as a condition of employment. ​

EXAMINATION PROCESS

Your application is part of the examination process.  The assessment will be a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of this position.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate educational and employment information on your application.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified and placed on the cert list for at least one year. This list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees. 

Education credentials and experience verification will be completed by the Appointing Authority.  If you are scheduled to complete an education or licensing requirement within six months of the examination, you may participate in the examination process, if one is required.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.

The MD Department of the Environment does not sponsor individuals in the application of the H-1B Visa.  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 apply.  For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS

The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

It is STRONGLY preferred that you apply online; however, if you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and reference number on any documentation to ensure timely processing. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the state application.

You may email required documentation, transcripts and addendum to Olivia.finley@maryland.gov or fax to 410-537-3966. 

Olivia Finley, Recruitment and Examination Division 

Office of Human Resources

MDE Reference Number:18-001028-0001 

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230 

Office: 410-537-3105 Fax: 410-537-3966 

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

PLEASE NOTE: The Maryland Department of the Environment participates in the E-Verify Program.

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