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Enforcement Planner

Recruitment #18-002501-0010


The Water and Science Administration, Enforcement Division, Compliance Program is recruiting for a Natural Resources Planner II position. 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.




Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration

Enforcement Division, Compliance Program

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to restore and maintain the quality of the State's ground and surface waters and provide natural resource planning in the Enforcement Division of the Water and Science Administration's Compliance Program. The incumbent of this position provides general and technical support as an enforcement action case planner and principal project manager through the preparation of litigation case files for referral to the Office of the Attorney General and by drafting written correspondence, including notices of violation, informal meeting request, and penalty offer letters and conducting and participating in meetings with the regulated entities to enforce 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, sediment and erosion control, tidal and nontidal wetlands, industrial pretreatment, well and septic systems and waterway construction. The incumbent is also responsible for tracking administrative and civil legal actions, some of which span many years, to ensure corrective action is taken timely and adequately to return a facility to compliance with Maryland laws and eliminate adverse impacts to the environment. This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to interface with varied job sectors including engineers, attorneys, public officials, the regulated community and EPA.  

The incumbent of this position may, on occasion accompany inspectors during facility/site inspections to industrial, construction sites and wastewater treatment plants. The site inspections involve special physical demands of walking over rough terrain in inclement weather, climbing, and handling of heavy equipment. The incumbent will be required to use protective equipment such as hard hat, respirator, safety shoes, goggles, etc.


Education: Possession of 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. 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 may be substituted for the required education.

2. 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 maybe substituted for up to three years of 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:

  • Experience with enforcing water pollution control laws and regulations.
  • Experience with or knowledge related to obtaining, compiling, analyzing and interpreting data to determine compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Experience cooperatively working with a diverse population, including engineers, financial analysts, attorneys, inspectors, local government officials, corporation owners and the general public.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Not Applicable


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.  


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.



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 addendums to or fax to 410-537-3966.

Olivia Finley, Recruitment and Examination Division

Office of Human Resources

MDE Reference Number:18-002501-0010

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230

Office: 410-537-3105 

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

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

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.