Ocean Career: Maine Department of Marine Resources Marine Resource Scientist II

The Department of Marine Resources is seeking candidates with strong scientific and managerial skills to fill a Marine Scientist II vacancy in West Boothbay Harbor. This is professional scientific work in planning, coordinating, and conducting resource management research designed to aid in the conversation, management, or development of marine resources for the State of Maine.

This position is responsible for ensuring the organization, planning, completion, and data analysis of the Maine/New Hampshire Inshore Trawl Survey that serves as critical baseline information for many biological assessments along the coast of Maine that includes lobster, halibut, shrimp, scallop, herring and groundfish. This position plans and implements all logistics surrounding the surveys. As the lead scientist for the survey, this position is responsible for public and industry outreach, recruiting and supervising staff to do surveys and other data gathering; planning, directing, and overseeing the work of professional scientists to monitor progress toward research goals and evaluating work performance. The work involves analyzing biological and environmental data to write reports and develop abundance and biomass indices, publications; making recommendations; overseeing the execution of contract requirements; monitoring work and detecting deficiencies to ensure work is performance in accordance with specification. Additionally, this position will represent the department at state, interstate, and federal management committees. This is a supervisory position responsible for evaluating and coaching the performance of subordinates and advising the Division Director on personnel concerns and issues.

The position requires considerable initiative to support staff to include subordinate scientists who may serve as a single research study leader. Applicants should demonstrate experience with marine science research, fisheries biology, statistical analyses, spatial analyses, and scientific writing in peer-reviewed literature. Desired skills include knowledge of migration and movement patterns of marine life; knowledge of marine resources management techniques; knowledge of stock assessments; expertise in R and GIS is preferred; knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations relating to marine resources conservation, as well as knowledge of fishing practices and techniques for commercially harvested species. Must have the ability work at sea during adverse weather, ability to conduct advanced statistical analyses of marine resource research data; ability to initiate, organize, supervise, and implement research and special projects and see through to completion as directed and in accordance with Department goals and objectives. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional and technical personnel. Work is performed under limited supervision.


A Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific, technical, or engineering field and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of marine resource research and management or related field, including experience in a supervisory capacity. Equivalent experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

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 13.00% 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 benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

Salary: $55,473.60 - $75,337.60

Closing Date: December 1, 2023

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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