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Recruitment #19-001878-0005


This is a position specific recruitment limited to candidates willing to work in the Compliance Program, Eastern Division which is located in Cambridge, Maryland. Candidates must be willing to work in Cecil County as well. 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

Compliance Program, Eastern Division

407 Race Street

Cambridge, MD 21613

Main Purpose of Job

The Environmental Compliance Specialist I (ECS) is an entry-level position within the Compliance Program, Eastern Division of the Water and Science Administration (WSA). The incumbent of this position will learn to perform duties in a wide range of environmental program specialties including water pollution control, resource management, sediment/erosion control, agricultural operations, tidal and nontidal wetlands, flood control and waterway construction and stormwater management.  The incumbent will learn the process of environmental compliance through exposure to and interaction with other programs within WSA and MDE. At the trainee level, a strong emphasis is placed on learning compliance procedures and policies, rather than enforcement actions.

The incumbent will be responsible for performing extensive site visits that may involve exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings. The incumbent will be required to work outside in inclement weather and often at constructions sites with loud heavy equipment.  In addition, the incumbent will participate in consultations likely located in the middle of a wetland, at sewage treatment plants, or other waste treatment facilities which may encounter pungent and other unpleasant odors.  Consultations conducted in the field require climbing over spoil piles, through rock-lined ditches, crossing stream, etc. The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous conditions which may result in injury when performing duties such as, walking over rough surfaces and terrain while conducting investigations at construction sites, tidal marshes, and agricultural activities.  Many consultations require the incumbent to use protective gear such as goggles and gloves to avoid direct contact with harsh chemicals and toxic byproducts of industrial activity.  At many sites water quality samples are taken. This requires personnel to carry chemicals, equipment and tools, water samples and files.   


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.


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.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Knowledge and/or experience of sediment control practices, the basic ability to identify tidal & non-tidal wetlands;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Google; and
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.


This position is limited to candidates willing to work on the Eastern Shore as well as Cecil County.


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.


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.


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.


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.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:   

Olivia Finley

Office of Human Resources

Recruitment and Examination Division

Reference Number:19-001878-0005

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230

(Office) 410-537-3105 

If you encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation you may submit a paper application, required documentation, transcripts and addendums via fax 410-537-3966, email: 

The MD State Application Form can be found online. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the state application. 

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

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

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