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ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST I

LAND AND MATERIALS ADMINISTRATION

Recruitment #19-001878-0003

Introduction

This is a position specific recruitment in which the Maryland Department of the Environment/Land and Materials Administration.  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 the classification must re-apply.

GRADE

13

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland Department of the Environment

Land & Materials Administration

Solid Waste Program/Compliance Division

1800 Washington Blvd.,

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

This is an entry level position in the Compliance Division within the Solid Waste Program\Land and Materials Administration of the Maryland Department of the Environment. The incumbent will learn to provide technical expertise and determine the regulatory compliance status of facilities.

The main function of this position is to act as the sole regional representative conducting inspections for environmental regulatory compliance.  Working under close supervision, this position enforces Maryland laws and regulations, concerning sewage sludge utilization, solid waste disposal, scrap tire management, and natural wood waste recycling.

The incumbent will be responsible for inspections, investigations, and initiating enforcement actions. In this capacity, the incumbent will learn to provide technical, evaluative, consultative and professional assistance concerning solid waste, sewage sludge, scrap tire, and natural wood waste management as well as other multi-media regulations such as water pollution control regulations, etc. to State, local and private agencies as well as the public at large.

The incumbent must be detailed-oriented, be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications, have basic computer database software experience, e.g., Access and Excel, and have fundamental understanding of database concepts. The incumbent must have excellent communication and writing skills and the ability to work independently.

The incumbent's assigned territory is Central Maryland and may include a focused responsibility for oversight in two or more of the following counties: Howard, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Charles, and Baltimore City.

The work of this position is mostly outdoors in all weather conditions, and takes place at landfills, illegal garbage dumps, sludge sites, scrap tire sites, refuse and sludge composting plants, wastewater treatment plants and pelletizers, industrial waste landfills, and other locations which may be considered highly odorous, unsightly, unsanitary, or unpleasant.  Landfills and other waste disposal sites are usually very busy places with heavy equipment and heavy truck traffic, which presents a physical danger to the inspector.  Also, the job entails some opportunities for exposure to known or unknown waste material which can pose risk through physical, chemical, biological, pathological, or radiological hazards for which the inspectors is trained.  Natural biological hazards such as ticks, rats, mosquitoes, snakes, dogs, and other wild animals may also be encounter.

The nature of work for this position may include the incumbent to move heavy objects, climb ladders or catwalks or walk long distances in all weather conditions.

The incumbent will receive EPA-approved personnel protective training to use specialized equipment such as supplied-air respirators, and air surveillance monitoring devices.  Training courses attended by the incumbent includes a 40-hour EPA and OSHA approved training session.  Further training includes Air Surveillance for Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Materials Incident Response Operations Course as well as 8- hour refresher training.     Basic protective equipment provided to inspectors include steel-toe boots, rain and chemically resistant outer garments, respirators, dust masks, assorted protective gloves, goggles, hard hat, and earplugs. 

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 interview.  Individuals must maintain a driver's license with no more than 5 points on their driving record in order to drive State vehicle.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   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.

Experience: None.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute experience performing environmental regulatory compliance work in the areas of water pollution control; sediment and erosion control; tidal and nontidal wetlands; flood control and waterway construction; stormwater management; coal, noncoal and surface mining, air quality and air management control; solid waste management; hazardous waste control; or oil pollution control on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 

2. Candidates may substitute sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university which includes thirty credit hours in any combination of the above disciplines and two years of experience performing inspection or investigation work related to State, federal or local regulation, code or standard compliance for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and four years of experience performing inspection or investigation work related to State, federal or local regulation, code or standard compliance may be substituted for the required education.

4. 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 education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:
  • Knowledge, coursework,or training in Sewage Sludge Utilization (treatment, transportation, land application);
  • Knowledge, coursework,or training in Solid Waste disposal ( processing, incineration, landfills);
  • Knowledge, coursework, or training in Composting and Natural Wood Waste Recycling methods / operations;
  • Knowledge, coursework, or training in Erosion and Sediment Control and Storm Water Pollution Prevention; 
  • Knowledge, of Scrap Tire Management (licensing, handling, transportation, recycling, disposal); 
  • Knowledge of Environmental Investigations and Enforcement actions;  
  • Knowledge, coursework, or training in waste hauling and disposal practices.

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

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

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. ​

SELECTION PROCESS

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 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.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire. 

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. 

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

The online application is STRONGLY preferred. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the state application. If you are unable to apply online or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation you may submit a paper application, required documentation, transcripts and addendums via fax 410-537-3966, email: peggie.jefferson@maryland.gov or mail to:

Peggie Jefferson

Office of Human Resources

Recruitment and Examination Division

Reference Number:19-001878-0003

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230

 (Office) 410-537-3879

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.