Senior Permitting Services Specialist (Well & Septic Section), Grade 26

Company: Montgomery County, MD Government, Department of Permitting Services

Location: Wheaton, Maryland

Date Posted: October 6, 2021

Application Deadline: November 4, 2021

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary: $70,377 - $116,825


Senior Permitting Services Specialist (Well & Septic Section), Grade 26

About the Position

This position may be under-filled as a Permitting Services Specialist II, Grade 24.  Salary range:  $64,102 – $106,250

Or a Permitting Services Specialist I, Grade 21.  Salary range: $55,771 – $92,211

The Department of Permitting Services is seeking an individual with an appropriate engineering or technical background to fill a Senior Permitting Services Specialist position in the Well and Septic Section as an Environmental Health Specialist or Environmental Health Specialist In-Training.

The Well and Septic section is responsible for protecting residents and the environment through enforcement of State and County regulations and standards for private water supplies and onsite sewage disposal systems.  This is accomplished through the review process of various plans and field inspections to ensure code compliance for the proper installation of wells and septic systems. This section also processes all applications for well and septic permits/services and assists in matters relating to public health concerns such as water quality. This work directly affects the accomplishment of the program goal of protecting public health and the environment.

Roles and Responsibilities

The position will be responsible for plan review duties including complex reviews and analyses of subdivision plans, water well and on-site sewage disposal plans, and building permit applications for compliance with applicable engineering principles and practices and County and State codes, laws, and policies. The position will also be responsible for occasional, various inspection duties in an assigned area of the County, in response to certain requests for permit approvals, or both. The work requires the application of highly technical knowledge and skill to address problems and issues, which often do not fit standard protocols, standards, or expectations. Employees meet with engineers, developers, attorneys, surveyors, and other government agency staff to discuss and resolve engineering, compliance issues, and exemption requests relative to water well and on-site sewage disposal system installation and design requirements. Incumbents meet with clients on pre-design issues and resolve requests for exceptions from code requirements, helping clients to meet the intent, if not the letter, of the code where there are areas in the codes which are subject to interpretation. Fluctuating workloads, shifting priorities, and emotionally charged client interactions compound this complexity. This position requires the ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside the office.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate engineering or technical field.
Experience: One (1) year of professional experience in an engineering/technical field appropriate to well and on-site sewage disposal systems.
Substitution: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.  There will be no substitutions for licensure requirement.

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