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HAZ-MAT EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICER I

Recruitment #17-004444-0001

Introduction

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.

This permanent full-time position will work a 40 hour per week alternate work schedule but will not work the standard 8 hour per day work shift of Monday thru Friday 9-5.  Work schedules will vary to include Saturday and Sunday and emergency on call.

GRADE

12

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland Department of the Environment

Coordinating Offices

Emergency Response Division

1800 Washington Blvd.  

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to use basic skills and be trained using advanced techniques for responding to hazardous materials incidents, petroleum releases, and other environmental emergencies for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment. This position works with senior hazmat responders and local, state, federal and private industry to minimize the impact of hazardous materials and petroleum releases. This position is also responsible for initiating the enforcement process and working with responsible parties to ensure future compliance.

It is required that the selected candidate prior to appointment present written verification of competency in the areas specified in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (standard - 29 CFR) 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Course (Hazwoper - 40 hour minimum). Also, the incumbent in this position will be assigned duties which require the operation of motor vehicles, including commercial vehicles. The incumbent will be required to maintain a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland with 5 or less points on their driving record.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certification.

Experience: One year of full-time work conducting hazardous materials and petroleum spill containment or directing spill clean-up.

Note:

1. Additional experience as specified above or experience in the control or disposal of toxic waste or hazardous materials may be substituted for the required education.

2. Thirty credit hours at an accredited college or university, including twelve credit hours in physical, natural or environmental science or emergency services, may be substituted for the required experience.

3.  Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in industrial hygiene classification or industrial hygiene specialty codes in the hazardous material/hazardous waste field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.  

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Successful completion of an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course;
  • Class A or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

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

2. Prior to appointment, candidates for positions in this classification must present written verification of competency in the areas specified in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Information about these regulations is available in the Human Resources Office of the Maryland Department of the Environment or may be obtained at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration web site.

3. Employees in this classification must maintain competency in the areas specified in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) 1910.120.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to ongoing medical testing in accordance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) 1910.120.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in on a twenty-four hour basis and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached or carry an electronic pager.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Applicants that meet the qualifications will be referred to the hiring unit for consideration of an interview/selection.  Only those candidates that demonstrate, in their applications, the required qualifications will be deemed qualified and referred.  

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Medical Monitoring Program (MMP) is designed to detect health risks or adverse effects of occupational exposure to hazardous materials and to direct targeted treatment and occupational illness/injury prevention strategies.  MDE employees who may be exposed to hazardous materials are required to participate in a pre-placement, regular and/or post-termination medical examination.  MDE has determined that this position be part of the MMP; therefore, applicants selected for employment must successfully complete and pass the medical monitoring examination as a condition of employment.​

The Maryland Department of the Environment has determined that this classification may necessitates the investigation and background check of the eligible individual for purposes of verification of suitability for employment.  When appropriate and job-related, areas of investigation may include, but are not limited to employment history, academic credentials, military records, criminal records and personal references.  Continued employment in this position will be contingent upon the results of the background investigation.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

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.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best, Better or Qualified and placed on the cert list for at least one year. This list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees. 

Education credentials and experience verification will be completed by the Appointing Authority.  If you are scheduled to complete an education or licensing requirement within six months of the examination, you may participate in the examination process, if one is required.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.

The MD Department of the Environment does not sponsor individuals in the application of the H-1B Visa.  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.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS

The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.  

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

It is STRONGLY preferred that you apply online; however, if you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and reference number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.

You may email required documentation, transcripts and addendums to Olivia.finley@maryland.gov or fax to 410-537-3966.

Olivia Finley, Recruitment and Examination Division

Office of Human Resources

MDE Reference Number:17-004444-0001

1800 Washington Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21230

Office: 410-537-3105 Fax: 410-537-3966

Email: Olivia.finley@maryland.gov

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

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

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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