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Recruitment #20-002087-0001


The Maryland Department of the Environment is seeking to hire two Health Physicist Trainee positions.  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

Air & Radiation Administration

Radiological Health Program

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of these positions is to serve as an entry level Health Physicist Trainees. The first position will learn to perform recognition, evaluation and control of radiological hazards to employees and the general public. Specifically, this position provides, scientific and technical reviews of detailed applications for new radioactive materials licenses, radioactive material license renewals, amendments and terminations, and to conduct on-site inspections of new facilities in order to qualify them as physically adequate and with personnel competent to receive and use radioactive materials. Facilities include hospitals, industrial firms, medical offices, laboratories and other facilities where traveling is required and the environment includes exposure to radioactive materials. Also required of this position are highly technical reviews of radioactive sealed sources and devices containing radioactive material requested to be certified to be safe for manufacture and distribution in and from the State of Maryland.  The incumbent in this position will be required to participate and gain the required competency in many important technical roles in Calvert Cliffs and Peach Bottom nuclear power plant accident drills, on a 24/7 basis, in order to protect the health and safety of the citizens of the State of Maryland. 

The second position will learn to perform inspections, investigations and other regulatory activities to protect the public and occupational personnel from unnecessary exposure from x-ray producing radiation machines at dental offices and veterinary facilities.  The position will assist with the generation of statistical reports for the various inter-and intra-agency requirements, and assist with escalated enforcement cases, including initiation of Notices of Violation and investigations. Duties and responsibilities will also include responding to radiation emergencies, which range in severity from a leaking small radiation device to a full scale Nuclear Power Plant disaster.

This position will perform work which involve exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings during radiation machines inspections.  The incumbent's duties may involve potential radiation exposure during routine inspections and emergency responses.  During site inspections protective equipment is required to reduce exposure to ionizing radiation to minimal levels using time, distance, and lead shielding or lead aprons.  This position requires the incumbent to climb ladders, lift heavy equipment and travel to various inspection sites in the State of Maryland.

The incumbents in these positions will occasionally work after hours and on-call 24/7 for Radiological Emergencies and occasional overnight travel and stays required.  Incumbents will be required to drive a state vehicle, and therefore, must  maintain a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland with 5 or less points on their driving record.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 30 credit hours in mathematical, physical or biological sciences.

Experience: None.


1. Candidates may substitute experience in performing the recognition, evaluation and control of radiological hazards to employees and the general public on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health and Medical Physicist classifications or Health and Medical Physicist specialty codes in the Physicist field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • A Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science or Physics;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong computer skills with a proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Experience generating database reports;
  • Detailed orientated with strong organizations skills and the ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Willingness to work as a team member;
  • Experience providing service to customers in a professional setting which must have included personal interaction with members of the general public or other customers.


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.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation.  The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of these positions.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED OR QUALIFIED.  Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work.  Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.

For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview).

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after this date will not be added.  Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

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 applied.



Online applications are highly recommended.  However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDE, Recruitment and Selection Division, 1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230.  Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to Peggie Jefferson,  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment.  All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.  Please Reference Number 20-002087-0001.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Peggie Jefferson/MDE Recruitment and Examination at 410-537-3879.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon by calling 410-537-3100 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

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.

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