Land Use Planning Policy Analyst (Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Initiatives)

Montgomery County, MD Government

Land Use Planning Policy Analyst (Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Initiatives)

Montgomery County Government

Department of Environmental Protection

2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland 20902


Salary Range: $79,743 – $128,531



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 to fill a fulltime Land Use Planning Policy Analyst position (specializing in Environmental Planning) in the Recycling and Resource Management Division to independently develop comprehensive strategic plans and policy recommendations on sustainable materials management, specifically focused on strategies for waste reduction, reuse and recycling. This position will lead and oversee work involving the analysis of nonstandard waste reduction, reuse and recycling information, the conceptualizing of unprecedented, creative, and innovative sustainable materials management approaches, identifying various waste management approaches and alternatives, and developing planning and policy recommendations which affect sustainable materials management. This position will present the recommended planning, policy, and program recommendations to higher level officials.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Develop strategic plans and policy recommendations and develop programs and initiatives to implement policies to further reduce the amount of waste generated, increase reuse, and maximize recycling in the County.
  • Direct research studies, perform cost-benefit analyses, review and draft legislation and regulations, and prepare strategies for sustainable materials management and new and enhanced programs and initiatives to reduce waste, reuse and recycle more, fully coordinated with other interrelated planning efforts.
  • Plan, assign, review, and supervise the work of professional and support staff on the Planning for New and Enhanced Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Initiatives Team.
  • Provide guidance and leadership in conducting formal briefings and presentations for County officials, and citizen and community groups to advise, recommend, explain, and defend planning proposals pertaining to planning for new and enhanced waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives and garner support of officials and groups.
  • Prepare annual operating budget and Capital Improvements Program recommendations related to planning for new and enhanced waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives.
  • Provide guidance and leadership on a team in selecting consultants, determining elements of contractual performance, and monitoring compliance of contractors with established requirements as well as budgetary and schedule targets.
  • Represent the County Government on interagency/ interjurisdictional boards and organizations on matters relating to the planning for new and enhanced waste reduction, reuse, and recycling initiatives and related issues.

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.


This position requires the ability to attend meetings or perform work at locations outside of the office, including Montgomery County and other places in the Washington Metropolitan region.



Experience: Thorough (six (6) years) experience in planning, developing, analyzing, and/or implementing new and enhanced waste reduction, reuse and/or recycling programs or initiatives, affecting various sectors of the public.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban/Community Planning, Public Policy, Environmental Science or related field.


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


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 the following:

  • Experience in planning for new and enhanced waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives, including programming, including development of strategic and implementation plans, policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Experience and skill in data collection, data analysis and interpretation for use in formulating strategic recommendations for establishing and improving on new and enhanced waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives plans, policies, mandates, programs, and initiatives.
  • Experience conducting and preparing economic cost-benefit analyses on complex program issues.
  • Experience in research, benchmarking, and survey research, analyzing varied information and using it to conceptualize innovative new and enhanced initiatives to further reduce waste, increase reuse, and maximize recycling.
  • Experience communicating, presenting and discussing complex issues, strategies and recommendations on potentially contentious solid waste related topics to a variety of stakeholder groups, impacted segments of the public, constituents, or other interested parties both orally and in writing.
  • Experience supervising multiple professional and support personnel.

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

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Read the full job description under the “General Professional” Job Category.

The requisition number is IRC60566.

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This Recruitment Closes December 1, 2023


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 “Resources” tab on the Office of Human Resource’s MCG Careers webpage.