Ocean Career: Maine Department of Marine Resources Marine Resource Scientist

This position will be responsible for processing acoustic recordings for species-specific vocalizations using various acoustic analysis software.

The position will also be responsible for statistical and ambient noise analyses. The positions will perform deployment, servicing, and purchasing duties needed to maintain various passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) projects. The positions will stay up to date on literature and relevant regional projects, and work with the Passive Acoustics Program lead to present and publish results. Each position may conduct a research project using the species detection and/or vocal activity data generated by the team’s analysis. With direction from the program lead, this could include identifying a research question, applying for external grant funding, implementing the necessary statistical analyses, and disseminating results. As needed, the positions will work across DMR programmatic lines, including for other programs within the Division of Marine Mammal Research and the Division of Ecology and the Environment programs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Preferred:

  • Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of cetacean biology, ecology, and/or behavior (particularly vocal behavior).
  • Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of management issues with respect to fisheries and/or offshore wind energy development, e.g., entanglement, anthropogenic noise, displacement, vessel strikes.
  • Candidates should demonstrate strong analytical, writing, and communication skills.
  • Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work independently as well as cooperatively within a team.
  • Applicants should demonstrate strong organization skills and be detailed oriented.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in PAM, bioacoustics, soundscape ecology, ambient noise, statistical modeling, and/or artificial neural networks.
  • Experience with Raven Pro, PAMGUARD, LFDCS, R, Python, MATLAB and/or GIS software are preferred but not required.
  • Experience deploying research equipment in a marine environment is preferred but not required.

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.

Salary: $47,611.20–$64,230.40/Annually

Closing Date: October 17, 2023

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