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Chief, Laboratory Certification Unit

Recruitment #21-005477-0001


The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is seeking applicants to serve as the Division Chief of the Laboratory Certification Unit, within the Water Supply Program of the Water and Science Administration.  This position is a Management Service position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




Maryland Department of the Environment

Water and Science Administration/Water Supply Program/Laboratory Certification Unit

1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD  21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Program Manager II administers the Maryland Water Quality Laboratory Certification Program. The incumbent of this position provides administrative, management, technical and regulatory oversight and consultation and training in order to promote, protect and preserve the health and well-being of the citizens of Maryland from diseases related to drinking water. The laboratories that are certified under this program are responsible for public water systems compliance monitoring, new well certificate of potability analyses, and other compliance monitoring implemented by MDE Programs in the Water and Science Administration and the Land and Materials Administration such as Compliance, Underground Storage Tanks and Groundwater Investigations.

This position is required by federal regulations as a function of Maryland's primacy (enforcement) responsibilities.  This includes budget and financial oversight of laboratory fees, supplementary assessment services, investigation of compliance data required by Safe Drinking Water Act implementation, and the coordination of laboratory services in the event of a natural or emergency event.  The incumbent in this position serves as the State of Maryland's liaison to the Environmental Protection Agency Water Laboratory Alliance.  This is a Management Service position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority. 


EDUCATION: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university that includes 30 credits in engineering, biological, environmental, physical sciences or other appropriate technical education, or possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Law or Environmental Public Policy or other appropriate related degree.

EXPERIENCE: Four years of experience supervising a professional staff in an environmental field or experience as an environmental project manager including assigning tasks, setting priorities, and reviewing work products.

NOTES: (1) Professional or scientific experience related to natural resources, environment or public health may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for education. (2) Registration as a Professional Engineer may be substituted for the required education. (3) One additional year of experience in professional scientific, natural resources, or environmental or public health may be substituted for the 30 specialized academic credits.


It is required that the selected candidate has:

Experience with laboratory procedures for analyzing drinking water.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience in leadership, ability to plan, organize, direct and manage multiple projects to meet strict deadlines;
  • Possess strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

It is also preferred that the selected candidate has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Science.


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. 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. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

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.



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:

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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.