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Division Chief, Source Protection & Water Appropriation

Recruitment #21-001037-0001


The Water and Science Administration, Water Supply Program is recruiting for a Geologist Manager, Environmental Program. This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  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.   This is an internal recruitment open to permanent and contractual employees of MDE only.




Maryland Department of the Environment/Water and Science Administration

Water Supply Program/Source Protection & Water Appropriation Division

1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD  21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Geologist Manager, Environmental Programs, manages a team of Geologists, Regulatory and Compliance Engineers, Natural Resource Planners and administrative support staff that plan, develop and implement program elements that:

• Manage the State water resources through technical review and analysis of geology and hydrogeology of aquifers and streams prior to issuance of a Water Appropriation and Use permit;

• Assist local governments in planning for and protecting drinking water sources;

• Assess the vulnerability of surface and groundwater sources to various contaminants;

• Routinely collaborates with the Maryland Geologic Survey and the United States Geologic Survey;

• Evaluates the capacity of water system sources to meet system demands; and in general;

• Ensures the wise use, conservation, protection and sustainability of Maryland’s water resources and contributes to preserving the safety and adequacy of Maryland’s water supply systems.

The policies and decisions of this Division affect the health and safety of Maryland residents, and impact the health of aquatic eco-systems, as the use and availability of water is necessary for sustaining life. As the Division Chief, this position may represent the Division, Program, Administration, or Agency on interstate river basin workgroups, interagency task forces, planning of new studies, or project leadership in highly visible or controversial projects.   This is a management position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.


Education:  A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Geology, Environmental Geology or a related earth science.

Experience:  Seven years of experience performing professional geological work, two years of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of a professional environmental staff or environmental project, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures. 

Note:  Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Geology, Environmental Geology or a related earth science for the required education and 1 year of the required experience.  


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Experience developing Maryland Water Appropriation and Use Permits;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Experience in leadership, ability to plan, organize, direct and manage multiple projects to meet strict deadlines;
  • Must possess strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills.


Limited to permanent and contractual employees of MDE only.


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. 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 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.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.