The Geologist will review and evaluate conditions of known or suspected oil contamination at underground and aboveground storage tank (UST/AST) facilities in order to investigate and determine the extent of remediation needed, and oversee remediation activities. The incumbents in these positions will apply State Law and regulations to ensure regulatory performance at petroleum and hazardous substance UST/AST sites and transportation facilities, and will provide technical assistance and oversight on oil storage tank system investigation findings and oil pollution problems. The incumbents in these positions will also learn to determine the potential public health and safety impacts of oil contamination in the environment and in drinking water supplies. Incumbents will investigate and audit UST/AST facilities to identify responsible parties for petroleum contamination and conducts audits and statistical analysis to determine if facilities comply with State Law and regulations. The incumbents will also ensure the enforcement of applicable statutes, regulations, permits, and policies pertinent to the Oil Control Program.
These are field positions in Region I covering Baltimore City, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties. The incumbents will be required to report to the Baltimore headquarters office once a week.
The incumbents will be required to drive a State vehicle. If you maintain an out-of-state driving license, you must provide a certified copy of your driving record for the appropriate Motor Vehicle Administration at the time of appointment. Individuals must maintain a driver’s license with no more than 5 points on their driving record in order to drive State vehicle.
Working conditions of the positions are as follows:
Work involves exposure to uncomfortable or unpleasant surroundings. Site visits and the collection of environmental samples entail a variety of exposure to field conditions that can be uncomfortable and unpleasant. These conditions include inclement weather, extreme heat or cold, briars, plant toxins (poison, ivy), plant pollens (ragweed, etc.), etiological and biological agents (mold fungus, bird and rodent feces, biting ticks, wild animals), and other site specific conditions. Some sites may be in high crimes areas and present an added risk and stress to the employee.
The employee may be required to visit and inspect areas containing chemical and physical hazards at a variety of contaminated or potentially contaminated sites (e.g. service stations oil refineries, industrial/manufacturing operations, uneven terrain, old landfills, former spill areas, dilapidated buildings, debris-strewn sites). Field work may involve exposure to standard hazards associated with industrial/manufacturing and construction sites (e.g. slip, trip and falls, falling objects), and work around heavy equipment such as noise and vibration (e.g. drill rigs, geoprobe, backhoes, tractors, motor engines).
The employee may be required to lift heavy manhole covers, sampling equipment and supplies, climb ladders, and wear respiratory protection while performing work activities. The employee may also be required to drive for long periods to visit and investigates sites located across the State of Maryland.
During site inspections and field sampling, the employee is required to wear personal protective equipment, (including gloves, hearing protection, and coverall, uniforms or Tyvek suits) that is appropriate to field conditions. This equipment routinely includes hardhats and steel toe/shank shoes, and it may be upgraded to include respirators and chemical protective gear according to site-specific conditions.