Planning Specialist III (Grade 23)
Montgomery County Government
Department of Environmental Protection
Rockville, Maryland

Salary Range: $58,958 – $97,655


The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities.

DEP is seeking an experienced Planning Specialist III to provide technical support to property owners and organizations, and provide outreach efforts to promote the use of small-scale stormwater runoff controls, such as low impact design (LID) and environmental site design (ESD) techniques, on residential and commercial properties through the RainScapes Program.

The successful candidate will work in a team environment with other staff and external groups and/or consultants to conduct field evaluations and develop site-specific design recommendations for small-scale retrofit runoff controls. The types of retrofit run-off controls (RainScapes techniques) include, but are not limited to, rain gardens, conservation landscaping, rain barrels, cisterns, and pervious pavement. The RainScapes Rewards program is a rebate program that requires project review and approval and then final inspections for payment eligibility; other activities for the position support watershed management goals and implementation to meet those goals.

Key duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

• Conducting site assessments, providing design assistance, and performing project management and review.
• Developing and implementing targeted RainScapes outreach to the general public and identified communities.
• Developing communications materials, providing program presentations, and conducting meetings, seminars and demonstrations.
• Providing classroom and hands-on training to property owners, organizations and groups interested in watershed and sustainable practices.
• Developing and managing contracts necessary to implement projects, identifying and tracking performance measures.

The successful individual filling this position will have extensive experience with landscape design and construction as it pertains to LID/RainScapes techniques; extensive knowledge of plants for storm water management; field experience with building and overseeing RainScapes techniques to manage drainage and project review.

The ideal candidate must have the ability to work independently as well as work in a collaborative environment within a large organization with multiple priorities, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and be highly organized and detail oriented.

The work requires the employee to visit sites and attend meetings or perform work at locations outside of the office. The work is performed in an office environment and at locations outside of the office that include independently conducting site visits in environmental conditions that present moderate discomfort.

This position involves field work which requires the ability to perform work outdoors, may involve frequent walking over difficult terrain, occasional stooping, bending, and reaching, lifting and carrying moderate weight (25 lbs.), and exposure to adverse weather conditions.

Preference will be given to otherwise qualified applicants also possessing registration as a Licensed Landscape Architect, Certified Professional Horticulturist, National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), or Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Level 1 or Level 2 (CBLP 1) or (CBLP2), Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.

This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a County vehicle to attend meetings, transport work devices such as tablets, measuring wheels, tapes, penetrometers, and equipment such as shovels, to conduct site visits throughout Montgomery County in order to perform evaluations, inspections, installations and investigations, and perform other work at locations outside the office.

Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be required.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in planning, urban design, environmental studies, public administration, or related field, such as landscape architecture, horticulture, or recreation and parks management.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in planning and research related to applied land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation or other work directly related to some municipalities planning and development work (such as landscape design and plan review and inspection, landscape management and maintenance planning, or watershed planning).

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education or experience may be substituted.

License: Possession and maintenance at all times of a valid Class “C” (or equivalent) driver’s license from the applicant’s state of residence.

Montgomery County Government offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

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The requisition number is IRC35844

This Recruitment Closes February 7, 2019

All resume submissions must address the preferred criteria for the position,
which are listed in the full advertisement, preferably in a separate section of the resume.

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