Public Service Opportunities MDE Boards & Commissions

Open invitation to all Maryland residents with civic and environmental interests to serve on environmental commissions and councils that advise and assist the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). For specific information regarding history, charge, term length, meeting schedule visit each Board and Commission listed below.

Air and Radiation Administration

Land and Materials Administration

Water and Science Administration

Additional Boards & Commissions

Current Vacancies


All candidates must demonstrate involvement with or employment in Maryland associated with area to be represented. Additional requirements, if any, and term length are identified in the fact sheet for each Board and Commission. A member serves until replaced. A member appointed to complete an unexpired term serves only for the remainder of that term and until replaced. Terms are staggered so that the entire Board or Commission does not turn over at one time.

Selection and Appointment Process:

To the greatest extent practicable, membership of the Boards and Commissions shall be appointed to ensure regional, ethnic, economic and gender diversity. When public vacancies exist, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) staff contacts persons and organizations on the interested parties list to solicit names of candidates who may be qualified to fill vacancies. This list includes, but is not limited to, sign in sheets of past public hearings, recommendations from current board members, local, state or national civic organizations, advocacy groups, industry groups, trade associations, government organizations, elected officials, colleges and universities. MDE’s Secretary reviews candidates’ applications and makes the appointment. Where applicable, recommendations are forwarded to the Governor’s Appointment Office and the selected candidates are sent an appointment letter from the Governor’s Office. These candidates must present that letter to, and be sworn in by, the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the jurisdiction in which they live. See Commonly Asked Questions regarding ethics considerations of prospective Board or Commission appointees.

Submitting Applications

All candidates must express their interest in writing, along with a completed biographical information form. (Click here for the Radiation Control Advisory Board biographical information form.) To obtain additional information for interested candidates or to be placed on the interested parties list, please contact:

Air and Radiation Management Administration

Radiation Control Advisory Board: Michael D. Kurman, MDE, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230,, 410-537-3208

Air and Radiation Management Administration

Air Quality Control Advisory Board: Diane Nelson, AQCAC Secretary, MDE-Air and Radiation Management Administration, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Ste. 710, Baltimore MD 21230-1720,, 410-537-3255

Land Management Administration

David Mrgich, MDE, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230,, 410-537-3000

Water Management Administration

Heather Barthel, MDE, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230,, 410-537-3000​​.​