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The quintessential dream job: Doing the right thing for our environment, serving one of the most beautiful and visited states in our country, helping restore the Chesapeake Bay, being appreciated for your talents and smarts, and getting dirty if you want to! The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) boasts some of the most talented scientists, technicians, and program specialists in the country. The Department’s Technical and Regulatory Services Administration (TARSA) may be just the place for you or someone you know with technical, scientific, or administrative expertise to help restore Maryland’s environment and protect the health of its citizens for generations to come.
"MDE creates an environment that encourages creativity, free-thinking, and innovation. It is a highly dynamic administration where there is never a dull moment - you are always learning and growing."
~ Matt, Section Head, Biological Assessment Division
"MDE offers exciting opportunities for those strongly motivated to help Maryland meet environmental challenges of the 21st century,” said Dr. Richard Eskin, director, TARSA. “We are a multi-media entity, regularly called upon to undertake groundbreaking work in the areas of environmental health, water quality protection and restoration, data gathering, and emergency management. Those seeking a public service career should find the work stimulating and rewarding."
Types of Employment Opportunities
TARSA provides a range of scientific/technical/field employment opportunities. In spite of current State budget constraints, several approved openings exist in one or more of the following fields:
Environmental Program Management
Environmental Toxicology (supporting Fish Consumption Advisories and Water Quality Standards Programs)
Environmental Engineering (supporting water pollution control decisions involving Water Quality Standards and Total Maximum Daily Load Development Programs)
Public Health Protection (e.g. Federal Beaches Act, Shellfish Water Certification)
Environmental Data Management and Integration (including Geographic Information Systems, Community-Right-to-Know, and Worker-Right-to-Know)
Water Quality Fieldwork and Laboratory Analysis (supporting State Regulatory Programs)
Environmental Emergency Response & Allied Fields (e.g. Nuclear Drills, Chemical Security, Continuity of Operations)· Environmental Projects Implementation
Technical Writing/Public Interpretation
“The range of work MDE does is indicative of the environmentally complex nature of the world today – addressing Maryland’s needs in this regard requires a knowledgeable and skilled workforce,” said Dr. Eskin.
Take, for example, TARSA’s efforts in protecting public health and the environment through the application of the principles of toxicology and risk assessment. "Environmental health is definitely a team effort," said Dr. Phil Heard, Health Advisor. "MDE continues to strive to maintain services in toxicology and risk science for the benefit of other State and local agencies, as well as its own regulatory programs."
Are You A Preferred Job Candidate?
Ideal candidates for MDE are those who are self-motivated, with a keen interest in public service in the demanding field of environmental protection. TARSA seeks to recruit a range of qualified candidates for available vacancies. These include individuals with prior work experience in our active recruitment fields, or candidates who possess strong educational qualifications that clearly demonstrate their scientific and technical interests and abilities. In specific instances, TARSA may provide on-the-job training.
What Are The Rewards?
Whether it is helping direct TARSA’s water quality standards efforts, ensuring Maryland’s beaches are safe for recreation, helping advance the state’s total maximum daily load development and implementation, or other efforts in our daily tasks, consider the career-enhancing benefits of working with highly trained MDE professionals.
How Do I Learn More About The Recruitment Process?
State recruitment policies and procedures govern the manner in which all prospective employees are brought into the state employment system. Interested job candidates are encouraged to contact: Louise Connelly, MDE Human Resources Consultant for TARSA (410-537-4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Ms. Connelly is looking forward to helping you navigate the system. “Whether you are seeking long or short-term employment, I’ll help you discover the opportunities for which you may be the right fit, ” said Ms. Connelly. “That’s what we do here. We help each other to help our state.”