Air Dispersion Modeler/Photochemical Modeler

Recruitment #16-002866-0001

DEPARTMENT MDE - Air and Radiation Management Administration
DATE OPENED 9/29/2016 2:15:00 PM
FILING DEADLINE 10/28/2016 5:00:00 PM
SALARY $46,857 - $60,815 w/progression to $75,012 State Salary Guidelines apply to State employees.
HR ANALYST Olivia Finley
WORK LOCATION Baltimore City 


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

ARMA/Ambient Air Monitoring Program/AQ Measurements, Monitoring and Analysis Division

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose Of Job

The main purpose of the Meteorologist III position at MDE is to maintain and improve air quality in order to protect the health and welfare of Maryland citizens and the environment of Maryland, while benefiting both community life and economic development in Maryland.


The primary purposes of this position are:

1)  Conduct and review dispersion and photochemical modeling in support of the program's criteria pollutant objectives;

2)  Maintain a criteria pollutant emissions and stack parameters data base for modeling purposes and complete the necessary analysis of air quality modeling results required for the preparation of modeling demonstration reports required for attainment plans and for state implementation plans (SIP);

3)  Develop and implement a variety of technical approaches to evaluate dispersion and photochemical modeling results;

4)  Develop and implement a variety of modeling analysis techniques needed to analyze potential air pollution control strategies prior to their inclusion in Maryland regulations for use in State SIPs;

5)  Review all modeling documentation submitted to ARMA pertaining to NAAQS/PSD, criteria pollutants, and special  studies related to dispersion and photochemical modeling;

6)  Prepare clear and concise technical reports and presentations that convey the results of dispersion and photochemical modeling to management, the general public, and scientific experts. 


Education: A Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology or atmospheric physics from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of experience as a meteorologist conducting air quality research and forecasting and running meteorological models to test, review, verify and evaluate the effectiveness of air quality control strategies.


1. A Master of Science degree in meteorology or atmospheric physics from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in physical science classification or physical science specialty codes in the geology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.  


One year of experience as a meteorologist conducting air quality modeling to test, review, verify and evaluate the effectiveness of air pollution control strategies.


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Experience preparing and reviewing modeling protocols for permit applications
  • Experience with geographical information system (GIS) techniques
  • Experience preparing a critique of dispersion and photochemical modeling completed by other organizations


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.  


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 employment 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.


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.




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.

Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Olivia Finley, Recruitment and Examination Division

 Office of Human Resources

MDE Reference Number: 16-002866-0001

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230 410-537-3105/ EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FAX: 410-537-3966

The MD State Application Form can be found online.

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

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