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Recruitment #22-002308-0025


The Maryland Department of the Environment is charged with protecting and preserving the State's air, water and land resources and safeguarding the environmental health of all Maryland's citizens.  The Agency's mission is to protect and restore the environment for the health and well-being of all Marylanders with a vision of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities and ecosystems in Maryland. 

The Water and Science Administration is recruiting for a contractual Natural Resources Planner I position in the Watershed Protection and Restoration and Planning Program (WPRPP), Standards, Assessment & Antidegradation Section.  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

WPRPP, Standards, Assessment & Antidegradation Section

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Natural Resources Planner I is an entry level position and will be responsible for conducting research, writing reports, and providing statistical or other technical analyses to support the core functions of the Division. Core functions of the Division include but are not limited to: assessing the quality of Maryland’s waters, establishing and implementing protective water quality standards, and the management and quality assurance of water quality data. The Natural Resources Planner I will assist staff in the development of Maryland’s Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality (the List of Impaired Waters). The incumbent in this position will perform statistical analysis on water quality datasets consistent with the State’s Assessment Methodologies. The incumbent will assist other staff in reviewing, developing and adopting water quality standards (WQS) to protect human health and aquatic life found in Maryland. As part of this work, the incumbent will evaluate the latest scientific information on water quality pollution as well as biological data from State waters.  The incumbent will use GIS and the web to provide information to both internal and external customers.  Responsibilities will also include uploading recently collected water quality data into MDE’s Ambient Water Quality Management System (AWQMS) database.


The Natural Resources Planner I will also assist lead staff in the implementation of Maryland’s Tier II Antidegradation Policy by conducting research, exploratory data analyses, and reviewing projects located in the watersheds of high quality waters.  The incumbent in this position will learn about Departmental policy on climate change and environmental justice and look for opportunities to bring complementary innovations to the Division’s function.


The incumbent in 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.


Working conditions are as follows:

·   Exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant work environments. This includes the collection of

benthic samples that may require contact with contaminated sediments. These conditions

may also include occasional field sampling that could require exposure to adverse weather


·   Exposure to hazardous conditions which may result in injury. This includes polluted surface

waters that may contain vectors of human disease and laboratory work that involves exposure

to hazardous chemicals, including formaldehyde.

· Special physical demands such as lifting 30 pounds or more, climbing ladders, etc. Field work involves the lifting of heavy equipment and climbing on to boats.

· Wearing protective equipment such as googles, mask, rubber gloves needed for

electrofishing, etc.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an environmental science or natural resources planning, management or development.

Experience: None.


1. Candidates may substitute the 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 for the required education.

2. 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 education.  


It is preferred, but not required, that the selected candidate has the following:


  • Knowledge, training, or experience working with R statistical software;
  • Environmental experience in the field of water quality;
  • Knowledge, training, or experience using Geographic Information Software (GIS);
  • Knowledge, training, or experience working with databases;
  • Knowledge, training, or experience conducting quality assurance and/or quality control of data.




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).

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.    


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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 Shantasia Baker  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 #22-002308-0025. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Shantasia Baker/MDE Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-537-3808. 

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.

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