Ocean Career: Maine Department of Marine Resources Coastal Resiliency Specialist

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) seeks to fill the position of Coastal Resiliency Specialist (Resource Management Coordinator) in the Maine Coastal Program (MCP). The MCP, in the DMR Commissioner’s office, is one of 34 NOAA-approved, federally funded Coastal Zone Management Programs. https://www.maine.gov/dmr/mcp/index.htm

In this position you will work collaboratively with state, federal, local, and regional governments, partners, and stakeholders to design, obtain funding for, oversee, and evaluate nature-based solutions for coastal climate adaptation coastwide including living shorelines, estuarine land conservation, salt marsh restoration and migration, and coastal carbon sequestration.

You will have the opportunity to advise MCP and DMR leadership on MCP coastal resiliency policy initiatives and implement Maine Won’t Wait, the State’s award-winning State Climate Action Plan through scientific research, design and management of pilot projects, and application of sound science into management policies and plans.

Upon joining our team, you will be expected to employ and grow your skills to:

  • Translate and communicate scientific findings for a variety of audiences, including policy makers and managers.
  • Convene and support interdisciplinary groups to develop collaborative priorities for coastal habitat restoration and estuarine land conservation.
  • Represent MCP and DMR on state and regional advisory committees.
  • Oversee and participate in field research and monitoring projects.
  • Write briefing materials, proposals for external funds, manage budgets and report on progress.
  • Supervise the work of interns, staff and consultants as needed.


Requires background combination of education and/or experience demonstrating technical expertise in natural resource management or position specific expertise.


  • A bachelor’s degree in coastal management, coastal ecology, biology, geology, climate/restoration science, public policy, or a related field.
  • Three (3) years of related work experience. Equivalent related work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Knowledge of Maine’s coastal systems and nearshore habitats, climate projections and current policy options.
  • Skills in project design and management, grant writing, mapping, field assessment and monitoring, geographic information systems and other software applications.
  • Ability to work with a diverse array of partners using effective communication, coordination, and networking.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication, teaming building, problem-solving, consensus-building and time/project management skills.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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