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Chief, Animal Feeding Operations Division

Recruitment #20-005478-0014


The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is seeking applicants to serve as the Division Chief of the Animal Feeding Operation Division in the Resource Management Program of the Land and Materials Administration. 




Maryland Department of the Environment
Land and Materials Administration/Resource Management Program
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The incumbent in this position will be responsible for directing and coordinating all Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) program activities in a manner consistent with MDE's mission to protect the public health, environment, and the state's natural resources and manage nutrients from agricultural feeding operations, particularly concentrated animal feeing operations (CAFO's), while promoting the state's poultry and other agricultural industries.

The incumbent works directly with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 regarding MDE's administration of the General Discharge Permit for AFOs to ensure consistency with the federal Clean Water Act and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements.

This is a supervisory position that will oversee approximately 7 supervisory and non-supervisory natural resource planners and environmental compliance specialists; and is responsible for coordinating with other MDE programs and state agencies such as the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the University of Maryland Agriculture Extension, engaging federal partners and external customers and stakeholders, and facilitating partnerships with neighboring states.
The incumbent routinely engages in farmer education and other outreach and activities; and represents MDE at local, regional and national agricultural and water quality meetings, forums, and conferences.


EDUCATION: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university that includes 30 credits in engineering, biological, environmental, physical sciences or other appropriate technical education, or possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Law or Environmental Public Policy or other appropriate related degree.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of experience supervising a professional staff in an environmental field or experience as an environmental project manager including assigning tasks, setting priorities, and reviewing work products.

NOTES: (1) Professional or scientific experience related to natural resources, environment or public health may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for education. (2) Registration as a Professional Engineer may be substituted for the required education. (3) One additional year of experience in professional scientific, natural resources, or environmental or public health may be substituted for the 30 specialized academic credits.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following: 

  • Technical expertise developing and/or implementing or providing consulting services for or managing projects involving NPDES permits and water quality regulations, natural resource conservation, or science-based nutrient management.
  • Experience working for or with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wastewater Management, the University of Maryland Agriculture Extension- Agriculture & Natural Resources or other college or university agriculture and/or natural resources extension program, or the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service or Maryland Department of Agriculture. 
  • Ability to explain technically complex concepts such as federal Clean Water Act and NPDES permitting and regulations, and state water pollution control and nutrient management law and regulations as they apply to animal feeding operations, to a broad audience and provide technical assistance to farmers and conduct farm visits. 
  • Strong communication skills to engage a wide variety of stakeholders, including farmers, environmental groups, the public, and federal and state regulatory agencies. 
  • Professional experience as a hydrologist and/or water resources engineer.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license.


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 the position. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the Eligible List categorized as BEST 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. 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.



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 Tammy Lewis, Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the tammy Lewis/MDE Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-537- 3130.

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 Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-537-3130 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.