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Dam Safety Inspection & Compliance Division Chief

Recruitment #22-004594-0002


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, Stormwater, Dam Safety, and Flood Management Program is recruiting for a Regulatory Compliance Engineer Supervisor. This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).  This recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for this position/function only.  The resulting eligible list will be maintained for one year.  Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.  




Maryland Department of the Environment
Water and Science Administration
Stormwater, Dam Safety, & Flood Management Program
Dam Safety Inspection and Compliance Division
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Regulatory and Compliance Engineer Supervisor is responsible for directing, supervising, and administering the day to day operations of the State of Maryland’s Dam Safety Inspection and Compliance Division.   As the supervisor of the Dam Safety Inspection and Compliance Division, this position ensures that existing dams are maintained and operated safely in order to protect public safety, property, and water resources. This is accomplished by implementing routine safety inspection programs for all dams; determining hazard classification to develop emergency planning in cooperation with State and local emergency management agencies; and providing expertise to State, federal, and local agencies in structural and hydrological issues as they relate to water impoundment.  MDE’s Dam Safety Inspection and Compliance Division is also responsible for maintaining the State’s inventory of dams that is required by Maryland law.  This inventory consists of all 600 active dams that are in service currently and over 18,000 small ponds.

Work involves exposure to hazardous conditions which may result in injury.  Dam Safety inspections are inherently dangerous because of the nature of the work.  The Division Chief must assign work to staff, and sometimes perform inspections that require climbing ladders, entering confined spaces, manipulating mechanical systems on dams, etc., This work exposes the Division Chief and those in their charge to dangerous situations where personal safety can be comprised.  


Education:   A Bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of engineering or architectural experience in pollution control, waste remediation, resource conservation, environmental protection, or public health and safety to ensure regulatory or quality compliance with engineering or architectural standards, practices, principles and methods.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 20 credit hours in engineering and two years performing engineering or architectural work in pollution control, waste remediation, resource conservation, environmental protection, public health and safety, or a related area for the required education. 

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university for up to one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a current Professional Engineer or Professional Architect registration in the State of Maryland or in a state with comparable requirements may be substituted for the required education and one year of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Engineering and Architecture classifications or Engineering and Architecture specialty codes in the Environmental 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:

  • 4 years of experience inspecting existing dams, ponds, levees, and similar structures.
  • 4 years of experience inspecting the construction of dams, ponds, and levees.
  • Experience performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling using HEC-RAS, HEC-RAS2D, HEC-2, HEC-1, HEC-HMS, HydroCad, TR-20, USGS Streamstats, and GisHydro software.
  • 4 years of experience designing or reviewing earthen dams for water supply, flood control, stormwater management, and tailings retention.
  • 4 years of experience preparing or reviewing geotechnical reports, flood studies, stormwater management design reports, structural analyses, and dam breach analyses for dams and levees.
  • Knowledgeable in seepage and slope stability analyses for dams and levees. Use of PCSTABL, Rockscience Slide, GeoSlope Slope/W and Seep/W, or similar software is desirable.
  • Familiarity with dam construction standards such as ASTM, AASHTO, ACI, NRCS, USACE.
  • GIS experience (ArcMap).
  • Experience in public speaking.
  • Technical writing skills for preparing inspection reports and developing policies and design criteria, especially as related to dam safety.
  • Familiarity with Maryland’s laws and regulations regarding dam design and construction.
It is also preferred that the selected candidate:

  • Has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering.
  • Be a Maryland registered licensed professional engineer.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in twenty-four hours a day, and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.


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, 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). 

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 Reform and 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 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. Please reference #22-004594-0002. 

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact 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: 410-537-3808 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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