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Recruitment #21-002309-0003


The Water & Science Administration is recruiting for a Natural Resources Planner III in the Wetlands & Waterways Program/Nontidal Wetlands Division.  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 

Water & Science Administration

Wetlands & Waterways Program/Nontidal Wetlands Division 

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The mission of the Water and Science Administration of the Maryland Department of the Environment is to restore and maintain the quality of the State's ground and surface waters, protect wetland habitats and manage the utilization of Maryland's mineral resources throughout the State.

The position will function as a nontidal wetland reviewer of projects proposing to impact nontidal wetlands and/or the nontidal wetland buffer. The incumbent of this position reviews applications for projects located across the State.

Duties and responsibilities are guided by the requirements and mandates established in the Nontidal Wetlands Protection Act and Nontidal Wetlands Regulations, as well as, the Water Quality Certification requirements of the Water Quality Regulations. In this capacity, the incumbent prepares permit decisions, represents the Department in a variety of forums; provides guidance to consultants and applicants on nontidal wetland policies, regulations and procedures; and, coordinates with other government agencies, other levels of government and the general public. The incumbent of this position will be required to drive a state vehicle. Employees are required to maintain a valid driver’s license in the State of Maryland with no more than 5 points on their current driving record in order to drive a state vehicle. Site visits may be conducted in all kinds of inclement weather in waterways.

Site visits may also include walking on uneven terrain such as traveling steep slopes and stream banks that may result in falling. Exposure exists to insect bites/stings, poisonous plants, chiggers, “seed” ticks, snakes, and wild and domesticated animals. The incumbent may be exposed to ticks bites which are hazardous due to the potential for Lyme disease or other disease. During cold weather months protective clothing is required on land and on the water. When necessary, rain gear, and waterproof boots are required as well as protective bug sprays.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: Three years of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science.

Notes: 1. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, engineering, physical geography, or the physical, chemical, biological sciences and one year of experience in natural resources planning or applied environmental science may be substituted for the required education.

2. Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in natural resources planning, management, administration, development, environmental, urban or regional planning; resources economics or development; environmental system management; water or land resources planning and management; environmental landscape architecture; or the physical, biological, chemical or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the  general natural resources management and biological sciences classifications or general natural resources management and biological sciences specialty codes in the general natural resources management and biological sciences field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.  


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:  

  • Have GIS experience;  
  • Experience reviewing assembled multi-disciplinary information as it pertains to rendering a permitting decision for proposed impacts to wetlands, or waterways;  
  • Environmental field experience, preferably on the Atlantic Coastal Plain (e.g., performing wetland delineation and/or site assessments);  
  • Familiarity with soils, plants and hydrology characteristics of the region.


Not Applicable


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 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).

Completed 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: 21-001756-0012.

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.