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Recruitment #21-002309-0006


The Land and Materials Administration is recruiting for a Natural Resources Planner III in the Recycling Section, Waste Diversion 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. Person's interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.




Maryland Department of the Environment 

Land and Materials Administration

Recycling Section, Waste Diversion Division

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Planner (NRP) III is responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating administrative, regulatory, and technical information necessary to promote the development of markets for recycled materials and recycled products in the State of Maryland.  This position provides data planning, data analysis and review, and data interpretation assistance necessary to conduct research into available and potential markets for recyclable materials, the types and quantities of recyclable materials generated in Maryland, opportunities for businesses in Maryland to use recycled materials, and will identify existing funding mechanisms for recycling market development. The incumbent in this position plans, coordinates, organizes, and collects information from and conducts outreach to several external entities, including businesses to promote a “Maryland is Open for Recycling Business” campaign and state and local agencies and private organizations to coordinate market development activities. In addition, the incumbent reviews, evaluates, tracks, and prepares reports to the General Assembly on recycling market development activities.

The NRP III will establish guidelines to assist businesses with the separation of food residuals from other solid waste to ensure food residuals are diverted from final disposal in a refuse disposal system. The incumbent will develop mapping and other systems to identify existing composting facilities and the geographic areas within the 30-mile radius of each facility; and develop a plan for implementing the state’s food residual waste diversion law, including the development of a plan for educating large generators of food residuals.  The incumbent in this position is responsible for the enforcement of the state’s food residual waste diversion law, and for establishing and developing the procedures for evaluating requests for waiver of the food residual diversion requirements. In this capacity, the incumbent will prepare any guidelines, recommendations, and required reports for submission to the General Assembly regarding food residuals, including the impacts on waste diversion in the state.

The incumbent in this position 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.


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.


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

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Experience developing an outreach campaign;
  • Experience generating business contact information and working with businesses;
  • Ability to develop and coordinate relationships amongst businesses;
  • Experience interpreting, enforcing, and/or complying with Environmental laws and regulations.


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 Olivia Finley 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 #21-002309-0006. 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 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.