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Marine Resource Scientist I

State of Maine
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, US
Closing date
Jul 12, 2022

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Opening Date:June 13, 2022Closing Date:June 27, 2022Location:W. Boothbay HarborPosition #:07200-2661Position Type:Full TimeClass Code:9362Grade/Salary:23 $45,801.60 - $61,755.20* (*includes 5.5% salary adjustment)

(Does not include the 4% general increases effective July, 2022)

Do you enjoy working on the water and with the public? Are you looking for flexibility and telework opportunities with excellent benefits? The Maine Department of Marine Resources is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Marine Resource Scientist I in the Division of Aquaculture.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: This position will conduct boat-based field work throughout the Maine coast. This is professional scientific work that involves conducting evaluations of proposed and existing aquaculture lease and license sites to assess social and ecological conditions and ensure compliance with MDMR regulations, lease conditions, and other relevant permits. Work may be conducted in inclement weather and during hours outside of the typical workday. Overnight travel is infrequent but may occur as needed. SCUBA diving and the operation of a 22' Boston Whaler are regular occurrences.

Specific work duties may include:
  • Conduct on-site impact assessments of proposed aquaculture lease sites.
  • Analyze data and information and develop formal written reports, including mapping, for use in an adjudicatory hearing process.
  • Assist in coordination of the aquaculture lease site inspection and enforcement program, including training of Marine Patrol Officers
  • Conduct on-site monitoring of environmental and operating conditions at aquaculture lease and license sites
  • Provide scientific and technical outreach services to current and aspiring aquaculturists, members of the public, and other agencies.
  • Maintain sampling equipment, boat, ROV, and SCUBA equipment
  • Maintain a database inventory of aquaculture leases and licenses
  • Compile annual harvest and other aquaculture-related statistics and respond to information requests
  • Develop and maintain MDMR's aquaculture web page
  • Participate in aquaculture research, planning, and policy
  • Provide sworn legal testimony at adjudicatory lease hearings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's Degree in a scientific, technical, or engineering discipline, or equivalent in directly related work experience; and two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of marine resource research and management or related field.

Desired qualifications include:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Marine Sciences, Ecology, or a related field
  • SCUBA certification and the ability to dive using SCUBA
  • Ability to operate and generally maintain small boats, trailers, and equipment
  • Ability to communicate clearly/effectively with a variety of demographics, both orally and in writing and to speak publicly in sometimes contentious situations
  • Experience with ArcGIS and other mapping software.

Ability to understand a complex regulatory process.

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-"Dirigo" or "I lead"-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Balance - Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
  • Health Insurance Coverage- The State of Maine pays 85%-100%of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit- Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
  • Dental Insurance- The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan- The State of Maine contributes at least 13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement- Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts- Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness- The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
  • Living Resources Program - Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation- Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
  • Learn about additional wellness benefitsfor State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request
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