Marine Resource Scientist III - 2721 - Anticipated Vacancy (Limited Period)

Maine Department of Economic and Communuity Development

Maine Department of Economic and Communuity Development

Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023


MODELING LEAD-Ecology and the Environment


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West Boothbay Harbor
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Limited Period Full Time
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Grade 28 $61,547.20 - $84,032.00 Annually*
(*This includes the 5.5% salary adjustment)

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION: The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is seeking applicants with strong analytical, scientific writing, and managerial skills. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a new program focused on modeling marine mammal populations, including occupancy, habitat suitability, risk assessments, and forecasting in the Gulf of Maine. This includes setting program priorities for model development, designing model frameworks to answer priority management questions, building collaborations, testing model uncertainty and sensitivity, and publishing work in the peer-reviewed literature. This position will also oversee the habitat survey program. Other priority questions may stem from a broad range of topics including the impacts of climate change, offshore wind development, and fishery management measures on coastal Maine fisheries. This position is also responsible for leading research proposals to external funding sources and generating scientific publications to disseminate results. Additionally, there may be opportunities to represent the department at state, interstate and federal meetings. This is a supervisory position responsible for evaluating and coaching the performance of subordinates and advising the Division Director on personnel concerns and issues. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional and technical personnel. Work is performed under limited supervision.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES PREFERRED: Applicants should demonstrate experience with marine science research, fisheries or marine mammal biology, statistical analyses, and scientific writing in peer-reviewed literature. Experience using different modeling techniques to answer questions about large whale biology, distribution, and management is preferred. Expertise in R, GIS, and programming languages is preferred. A proven ability to develop and participate in successful collaborative partnerships with regulatory, research, and nongovernmental organizations is also desirable.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelors 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 annually. 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 ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 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.
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  • 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.
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There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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