Program Manager I (MS4 IDDE) Grade 23
Montgomery County Government
Department of Environmental Protection
2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Salary Range: $67,206 to $107,367

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, innovative, inclusive, and industry-leading way while fostering smart growth, a thriving more sustainable economy and healthy communities.  DEP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and values diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and cultures. DEP encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrants, women, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

DEP is seeking a Program Manager I for the Watershed Restoration Division, Planning Outreach and Monitoring Section to manage and coordinate the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Program. The position is responsible for ensuring compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) to detect and eliminate pollutants from discharging into the County’s waters. A key function of this position is working collaboratively with residents and businesses to prevent pollution.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing the inspection and investigation of County outfalls with the greatest potential for polluted discharges. Outfalls inspected will be reported annually to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) in the MS4 Annual Report.
  • Managing the commercial and industrial surveys for discovering, documenting, and eliminating pollutant sources.
  • Conducting episodic IDDE investigations, as needed, throughout the year on illicit discharges identified via public complaint or via county employee complaints.
  • Coordinating compliance and enforcement with DEP-Energy, Climate, and Compliance Division and/or other departments or agencies.
  • Developing and managing contracts and task orders for inspections and investigations of private and public properties as well as managing the IDDE contractor budget.
  • Directing, coordinating, and monitoring contractor work, reviewing invoices and ensuring contractor is conducting work on time and within budget.
  • Preparing information for the annual reporting of the MS4 Annual report for the IDDE program including providing associated geospatial data as required.
  • Maintaining data for reporting and tracking.
  • Maintaining standard operating procedures.
  • Creating outreach materials on pollution prevent for residents and business owners.

The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations and agency policy and procedures governing water quality, including NPDES MS4 permitting, stormwater management and pollution prevention control techniques.  Knowledge and experience in fact finding, analysis and resolution of complex technical and environmental issues. Experience with Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination programs and procedures, including using monitoring equipment, indicator parameters, sample collection considerations, and analytical methods.  Experience in managing contracts including the preparation of task order documents, review and processing of invoices and contract budgets.

The successful candidate will have the ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with residents and contractors; effectively use technological tools (laptop, iPad, GIS Mapping, Cell Phone, etc.) available to assist with performing work functions; and analyze and interpret data as well as write comprehensive reports.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. If the candidate selected for this position possesses multilingual skills, they will be required to successfully pass an examination assessing oral communication, reading comprehension, and interpreting skills. For Advanced proficiency, the candidate must also pass an examination requiring translating text.

The work requires physical effort such as working outdoors, standing, and walking for long periods, sometimes over rough or uneven surfaces; repeated bending, stooping or crouching; and some lifting of objects up to 50 pounds.  There is occasionally some risk in exposure to chemicals used in collected samples.

Confined Space Training certification is required for this position. If candidate has not already obtained the referenced confined space training and certification at hire, the selected candidate will be required to obtain the referenced training and certification within the first six (6) months of employment. The incumbent of the position must maintain this certification.

This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a County vehicle to visit sites for field sampling, conduct surveys, conduct inspections and investigations, and/or observe inspections and investigations, and perform other work at locations throughout Montgomery County.

Occasional evening or weekend work outside of normal business hours may be required.

To ensure a positive workplace and to comply with federal, state and County laws, the incumbent is responsible for completing mandatory trainings within the first three to six months or within the specified timeframe.

For information about Montgomery County Government’s comprehensive benefits package, please visit the MCG Total Rewards webpage and check out our competitive benefits!


Experience:  Considerable (3 years) of professional experience in stormwater and NPDES MS4 permitting and Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) program management.

Education:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.

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

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

Medical Exam: Core Exam with a Drug/Alcohol Screen


There are NO Preferred Criteria Assessments. All Applicants will be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources (OHR) for minimum qualifications.  Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated “Qualified”, placed on the eligible list, and may be considered for an interview.  Employees meeting minimum qualifications of the same grade or higher will be placed on the Eligible List as a “Transfer” candidate and may be considered for an interview.

Preference for interviews will be given to applicants with experience in the following.  Please address this information in a separate section of the resume.

  • Experience with Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination programs and procedures, including using monitoring equipment, indicator parameters, sample collection considerations, analytical methods.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations and agency policy and procedures governing water quality, including NPDES MS4 Permitting, stormwater management and pollution prevention control techniques.
  • Experience with effective communication and ability to handle communications and negotiations with tact, resourcefulness, and good judgment, even in confrontational situations.
  • Experience working with a diverse, multi-ethnic community.
  • Experience with program management, including data management, data analysis and interpretation, writing comprehensive reports, and  knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and ArcGIS applications.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, environmental studies, natural resources, biology, public administration or related field.

If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Montgomery County Government offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit our website at  
and click on the “Search Jobs and Apply” tab.  Read the full job description under the “General Professional” Job Category.  Interested candidates must create an online account in order to apply.

The requisition number is IRC60804.

This Recruitment is Open Until Filled.

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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Resume Preparation Tips listed under the “Career Resources” tab on the Office of Human Resource’s WORK4MCG webpage.