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NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNER IV - INTERNAL

Recruitment #21-002502-0002

Introduction

The Water and Science Administration is recruiting for a Natural Resources Planner IV in the Field Services Program/Annapolis Field Office. 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.

This position is open to current permanent and contractual employees within the Maryland Department of the Environment.

GRADE

18

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration

Field Services Program

416 Chinquapin Road

Annapolis, MD 21401

Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Planner IV provides lead level and experienced natural resources planning & assessment skills at the local, regional, State and intergovernmental level. The incumbent in this position provides technical expertise, advice and guidance for federally mandated projects within the Field Services Program (FSP) of the Water and Science Administration (WSA) of MDE.

The focus of this position is on the statewide and federally mandated shellfish/aquaculture/beaches digital shoreline survey project/program in the Pollution Source Assessment Section.  This program is responsible for the identification of point-source pollution and non-point source pollution from residential, commercial and agricultural properties. This position functions as the lead worker by planning projects, developing objectives, leading studies and by providing guidance, training and direction to other Natural Resource Planners.

The working conditions are as follows:

  • Position involves field work in all weather conditions including wind, storm, floods and snow;
  • Work involves exposure to human and animal waste as well as other sources of toxins and pollution;
  • Position requires the performance of water quality of work upon a monitoring vessel in the Chesapeake Bay;
  • Work involves exposure to extremely hazardous conditions when responding to fish kills or water quality emergencies in toxic infected waters;
  • Exposure to wastewater effluent and polluted surface waters may contain vectors of human disease;
  • Lifting heavy coolers that contain samples;
  • Operation of dredges to collect oyster shellstock samples;
  • Position requires the use of a survival suit during the performance of water quality work during the winter months;
  • Latex surgical gloves are worn when handling soluble dyes.  Protective clothing, goggles, heavy waterproof gloves, and masks are worn when responding to emergencies or working within contaminated waters;
  • Protective clothing, goggles and gloves are worn when handling acid fixatives.

The incumbent of this position may 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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: Five 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, environmental sciences and one year of experience in natural resource 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for up to three years of the required experience.

3. Possession of a Doctorate 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, chemical, biological or environmental sciences maybe substituted for the required experience.

4. 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.  

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

It is preferred that the selected candidate has experience in the following:

  • Collector;
  • Survey 123 and Survey Connect;
  • ArcGIS (Mobile, Desktop, Pro);
  • Python.

LIMITATIONS ON SELECTION

This position is open to current permanent and contractual employees within the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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 Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED or 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.

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 Peggie Jefferson, peggie.jefferson@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 Number: 21-002502-0002.

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 Application.Help@maryland.gov.

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.