Environmental Program Manager (Water Management)

Maryland Department of the Environment

Baltimore, MD, US



The Water and Science Administration, Compliance Program, Central Division is recruiting for an Environmental Program Manager I. 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 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 and Science Administration

Compliance Program, Central Division

1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Chief of the Central Inspection Division.  The main purpose of this position is to assist management with statewide programs unique to the Water and Science Administration (WSA) related to inspections, investigations and sampling to determine compliance with water pollution control laws and regulations.  Responsibilities include managing sensitive and controversial compliance issues, ensuring grant commitments are completed, coordinating with other programs in WSA, the Attorney General’s Office, other State agencies, EPA, elected officials, company leaders, and the general public.  The incumbent in this position is responsible for establishing the overall policies and procedures for the Central Region of the Compliance Program, as well as, overseeing their implementation and deciding on appropriate actions.  Duties also include the supervision of a professional and technical staff in the planning, initiating and tracking of inspections and associated compliance and enforcement activities.  As the Division Chief, duties will be to plan, coordinate, supervise and evaluate the work of the District Manager and compliance engineers in the division. The position also manage staff performance of activities which include performance of on-site inspections, review of permittee-submitted Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs), Monthly Operating Reports (MORs) and violation reports, issuance of inspection reports, site complaints or notices of violation, development of enforcement actions, and respond to citizen complaints.  The incumbent in this position gives direction and provides oversight in the performance of inspections and the preparation of litigation packages to be used for the development of administrative orders and civil penalty assessments to address violations of general water pollution control laws and regulations pertaining to NPDES/State discharge permits for municipal and industrial facilities, sediment and erosion control, tidal/nontidal wetlands, industrial pretreatment, well and septic systems, waterway construction and dam safety.   

This position will perform job functions that involves traveling to several counties within the State of Maryland.  The incumbent is required to report to the Baltimore Headquarters office.  The person in this position will be required to drive a State vehicle and must maintain a driving license with no more than 5 points.  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 time of appointment. 

This position involves working conditions that may include: occasionally performing work that involves site inspections at industrial construction sites and wastewater treatment plants. Exposure to hazardous conditions during site visits may occur. Special physical demands involving walking over rough terrain in all weather conditions. Site inspection at certain industrial facilities may require the use of personal protective equipment such as hardhat, goggles, earplugs, safety shoes, etc


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university including 30 credit hours in engineering or the biological, environmental or physical sciences.

Experience: Three years of experience supervising a professional staff or as a project supervisor in the  Water Management field of work.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience in engineering, public administration or law as related to environmental health on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Applicants may substitute registration as an Environmental Sanitarian or as a Professional Engineer for the required education.

3. Applicants may substitute one additional year of experience in engineering, public administration or law related to environmental health for the 30 credit hours of required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources classifications or Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources specialty codes in the Engineering, Natural Resources and Science field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Experience using TEMPO system to track employee activity;
  • Familiar with the enforcement process for environmental violations;
  • Ability to determine the significant noncompliance established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
  • Experience managing and prioritizing the response to citizen complaints.


This recruitment is limited to current permanent and contractual employees of the Maryland Department of the Environment.  


Candidates appointed to positions in these classifications 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.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the minimum /selective/preferred qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after this date will not be considered.  Applicants that meet the qualifications will be referred to the hiring unit for consideration of an interview/selection.  To be qualified for referral, the candidates must demonstrate possession of the required qualifications, within their applications.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  This list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees.


Your application is part of the examination process.  The assessment will be a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of this position.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate educational and employment information on your application.  

Education credentials and experience verification will be completed by the Appointing Authority.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.  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 apply.  For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.



It is STRONGLY preferred that you apply online. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the state application. If you are unable to apply online or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation you may submit a paper application, required documentation, transcripts and addendums mailed to:

Olivia Finley, Recruiter, Recruitment & Examination Unit

Reference #20-000656-0001

(Office) 410-537-3105 (Fax) 410-537-3966 Email: [email protected]

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

PLEASE NOTE: The Maryland Department of the Environment participates in the E-Verify Program.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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