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ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST I

Regional Inspector, Solid Waste Program

Recruitment #21-001878-0002

Introduction

This is a position specific recruitment for 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. Person's interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.

GRADE

14 

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. The main purpose of this position is to determine regulatory compliance statuses of facilities for the Solid Waste Program within the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland Regions of the State. Working under close supervision, this position enforces Maryland laws and regulations concerning sewage sludge utilization, solid waste disposal, scrap tire management, natural wood waste recycling and composting. The incumbent is responsible for inspections, investigations, and initiating enforcement. The Environmental Compliance Specialist I will provide technical, evaluative, consultative and professional assistance concerning solid waste, sewage sludge, scrap tire, natural wood waste and compost 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 assigned regions for this position will be in parts of Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties) and the Eastern Shore (Anne Arundel, Caroline, Cecil and Kent Counties). Assigned regions may be subject to change based on staffing or priorities. The incumbent is required to report to the Baltimore Headquarters office at least once a month.

The incumbent will be required 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 appointment.  Individuals must maintain a driver's license with no more than 5 points on their driving record in order to drive State vehicle.     

Working conditions of the position include:

  • The work involved 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.
  • The nature of the work may include moving heavy objects such as truck tires which might be encountered at a scrap tire collection facility or an open dump site; the use of shovels and hang-augers to sample soil or waste; climbing ladders or catwalks at incinerators, pelletizers and wastewater treatment plants, along with being capable of walking long distances at landfills or bio-solids application sites.
  • Special EPA approved personnel protective training to use specialized equipment such as supplied-air-respirators is required and is provided.  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 annual 8 hour refresher training. Basic protective equipment provided includes steel-toed boots, rain-and chemically resistant outer garments, respirators, dust masks, assorted protective gloves, goggles, hard hats, and earplugs. Incumbent is expected to provide suitable work clothes for dirty, dusty environment and all weather conditions, including very hot and very cold weather. 

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 of solid waste regulations or solid waste management;
  • Degree in biology, chemistry, or general sciences;
  • Ability to work in parts of Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties) and Eastern Shore (Anne Arundel, Caroline, Cecil and Kent Counties). 

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. ​The Maryland Department of the Environment or may be obtained at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Website.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 this position. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the Cert 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.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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 Olivia Finley olivia.finley@maryland.gov. 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 #21-001878-0002. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Olivia Finley/MDE Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-537- 3105.

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 Application.Help@maryland.gov

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.