Planning Specialist III (Grade 23)

Montgomery County, MD Government

Wheaton, MD United States

Planning Specialist III (Grade 23)
Montgomery County Government
Department of Environmental Protection
2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Salary Range: $69,222 to $110,588

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 an experienced Planning Specialist III to provide planning and coordination of activities related to the implementation of landscape practices for watershed restoration projects; assisting engineering staff with natural resource evaluations, landscape designs and contractor installation of landscape practices for stormwater management and stream restoration projects; and performing outreach for related Capital Improvement Projects and department functions.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Planning and managing the development of watershed management planning studies covering County watersheds and prioritizing potential restoration projects.
  • Providing GIS mapping and graphics support for watershed restoration and planning activities, as well as, preparing information on watershed restoration activities and projects for watershed newsletters, reports and website applications.
  • Coordinating with contractual consultant engineers and construction contractors to address project issues through outreach and educational engagement with public and private stakeholders.
  • Reviewing landscape and reforestation plans for the proper use of native plantings on Environmental Site Design (ESD), Low Impact Development (LID), stormwater management ponds and stream restoration projects.
    • Coordinating, inspecting and monitoring reforestation and landscaping of restoration projects by contractors, and providing guidance to contractors to ensure landscaping materials are in compliance with contract requirements.
  • Representing the County in interagency watershed planning and implementation efforts to restore stream habitat and water quality conditions in County and inter-jurisdictional watersheds


The ideal candidate will have considerable knowledge in the identification, proper care, design, installation and maintenance of native plants in the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont region and their uses in stormwater management practices, as well as knowledge of stormwater management and pollution control techniques including ESD and LID principles. 

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. These skills include using specified software and other tools to create materials for reporting purposes and outreach.

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.

This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a County assigned vehicle. This position also will serve as an Emergency Action Plan participant which will require the ability to drive to high or significant hazard dams in the county.

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

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!

Three (3) years of experience in planning and research related to land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation or other work directly related to some municipalities planning and development work such as watershed planning and implementation activities for stormwater management, stream restoration and/or public education and outreach.

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 Natural Resources, Water Resources, and Stormwater Management.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education or 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.

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 specified the the full job posting. Please address this information in a separate section of the resume.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the pertinent laws, regulations and guidelines for designing and constructing of stormwater management, LID and stream restoration projects.
  • Knowledge and understanding of stormwater runoff and pollutant loads impacting urban streams preferably in Montgomery County.
  • Knowledge and experience with developing watershed studies and the methods used to assess stormwater and stream restoration needs.
  • Experience using Geographical Information Systems and other data management techniques to collect and interpret watershed data.

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.

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The requisition number is IRC63580.

This Recruitment Closes June 28, 2024.

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.



Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Environmental and Natural Resources Planning
Salary Range
$69,222 to $110,588